Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
    This description of Sandra Schürmann's work was prepared when Sandra Schürmann was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Noting that existing youth unemployment programs on average result in a job placement rate of lower than 20%, Sandra Schürmann's "Projektfabrik" (project factory) takes a different approach by drawing unemployed youth into a ten-month program that uses performing arts to teach vital job-seeking and professional skills. Sandra is therefore instilling self-confidence and self-worth in long-term unemployed youth and changing public perceptions of youth living on state welfare. Having achieved a job placement rate of 65%, Sandra is expanding Projektfabrik to other target groups such as long-term unemployed migrants, single parents and young delinquents. She is also expanding Projektfabrik to other European countries including Spain, Turkey and France.
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