The GET UP project, short for Giovani Esperienze Trasformative di Utilità Sociale e Partecipazione (Transformative Experiences of Social Benefit and Participation for Young People), was launched by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the reserve holding cities under Law 285/97 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Istituto degli Innocenti.
GET UP focuses on adolescents and specifically aims to help develop the active participation of young people, their involvement, the fostering of their independence, and acts with social and civil value.
The young people involved in GET UP are the real leaders of the local projects they are involved in, as they are given autonomy to decide how to implement the project and what type of project to carry out. Participants have the opportunity to address problems and propose solutions, with the possibility to do so through direct discussion with different institutions.
Schools were identified as the focus of the project, to ensure the initiatives are sustainable and foster the exchange of experiences. The network between different local stakeholders (city administration, schools, social cooperatives and social promotion/volunteering associations) was also considered crucial to ensure the promotion of young people’s autonomy.
The national experimental scheme in the year 2017-2018 was joined by 8 cities under Law 285/97: Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Catania, Genoa, Naples, Rome and Venice.
Competition for logo ideas
One of the first activities shared by the GET UP community was individuals, groups, and classes voluntarily participating in designing a logo for the national project. In order to decide on a logo, a brainstorming competition was held with a deadline of 15 January 2018.
The aim of the competition was to design a logo/brand to identify the GET UP national project, its educational context and values, as well as to promote its activities and related communication actions. 13 groups of students took part in the competition and the winning logo was created by the Local Group of Naples.