The youth cultural approach
“Cultures Interactive e.V. (CI) – NGO for Intercultural Education and Violence Prevention” started in 2005 targeting the wide-spread right-wing extremist and Neonazi milieus which sprang up in East-Germany after reunification in the 1990s and later on also included inner-city districts struck by migration-related radical ethnic and religious tensions. CI has since developed and piloted innovative and sustainable approaches (“Federal Model Projects”) to prevent and counter youth extremisms/ fundamentalism, polarisation, and violence and to promote capacity building in view of a resilient civil society. Special emphasis is placed on developing methods for high-risk, difficult to engage populations that cannot be reached with existing interventions.