Rise Hub works on the promotion of community resilience through the development of personal skills, social inclusion, intercultural learning, sustainable territorial development and the creation of social ties.
The association is based in Comino Valley (FR, Italy), a predominantly rural area composed by small towns and villages surrounded by mountains between the cities of Rome (120 km) and Naples (180), which was deeply affected by the economic crisis of 2008 and is still struggling with unemployment, a weak and not sufficiently supported civil sector, scarce youth participation and huge gaps in terms of information, initiatives and opportunities. In the last few years, the area experienced two new trends: “remigration”, the return of young professionals who decided to come back to their place of origin after having studied and worked in other cities and abroad, and a big influx of asylum seekers and refugees, due to the opening of a huge number of reception facilities.
The organization was funded as an outcome of the project "Terre & Comuni" (financed by Lazio region and promoted by Borghi Artistici Impresa Sociale with the support of the LAG Verla), aimed at bringing together local unemployed young people, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, with local institutions, private companies in the agricultural sector and civil society to discuss and propose new models for labour integration, promotion of local resources, valorisation of social ties within communities in rural areas. The project was considered by the European Network for Rural Development as one of the best practices for the inclusion of migrants in rural territories in Europe in 2015 Download the report of the project "Migrant and Refugee Integration"
Rise Hub is currently composed by 20 active members and it also includes several volunteers with different social, generational and cultural backgrounds. Most of our members are professionals in different fields such as Political Sciences, Law, Education, Architecture and Design, Economics, Psychology, Cultural Mediation and Communication. The majority of the members are young women, while young asylum seekers and refugees represent one fourth of the composition of the association. This helped us to better understand conditions, needs and perspectives of asylum seekers and refugees in the territory.