Welcome to Campus Christophorus Jugendwerk.
Education changes everything. Education is the foundation of young people’s active participation in society.
That is why we teach young individuals with serious social and personal problems how to solve conflicts constructively and plan their lives realistically.
Each of our innovative concepts requires the adolescents’ active participation.
We challenge them to take on responsibility for themselves and for others.
We help them to develop existing potentials. We improve the individual’s capability to build up functioning relationships. We teach values, norms, knowledge and problem-solving strategies.
- on-site courses leading to German school-leaving certificates
- apprenticeships for seven different trades
- special individualized programs in Germany and abroad
- a distance learning school with correspondence courses leading to different official school-leaving certificates
- support for local communities
We work exclusively with highly qualified staff.
Male adolescents live in our supervised residential groups. Each of them has a private room in a flat. The rooms come either with a shared or a private bathroom.
We have developed a new concept for raising young people called “SoLiG” (Soziales Lernen in der Gruppe – Acquiring social skills in a group setting). It aims at developing the adolescents’ social skills by means of them living as an active member of a group.
The boys get the chance to take on responsibilities in these areas:
- group leadership
- organization of free-time activities
With SoLiG, our youths learn social skills. They are encouraged to take up responsibility. They participate.
An important focus of our work in this program is on assuring that the adolescents take an active part in structuring their lives. It is our aim to enable them to become autonomous individuals within the group. Therefore, we find solutions together with each young person.
In addition, this program includes courses and activities such as:
- internships abroad (“ASK Europe!”)
- project work
- climbing, mountain-biking and other sports activities
- holiday camps
We have developed and successfully applied a special concept for the interaction with drug addicts.
Our team working with these groups includes a psychologist. We also cooperate with the child and youth psychiatrists in the area.
24/7 care groups
We have three groups of up to ten boys in 24/7 care on our campus. The professional teams working with them include social pedagogues, social workers and youth care workers. They look after the young people all year round.
These groups target, among others, chronic truants, drug addicts and juvenile offenders.
Our on-site school and our workshops are important partners for the professional teams. They all cooperate closely in realizing the adolescents’ support plans. That way, long-term planning as well as immediate crisis intervention are guaranteed.
We also cooperate with off-site schools and workshops.
Part-time care groups
This program is aimed at older boys (16+) who do not or no longer need constant care and supervision. We have 14 places in Freiburg and Breisach.
The extent of the professional care depends on the boys’ individual needs. On the average, 2.5 professionals offer their support seven hours a day.
The main focus in these groups is on responsibility and autonomy.
This is the solution for those young men who are mostly capable of living on their own but still require support from time to time.
The intensity and frequency of this support depends entirely on the individual’s needs. Our professional team of two pedagogues respect personal preferences, schedules and social networks of the young person. The team are in close contact with the schools and workshops where the young men learn their trades.
Social work in groups
While the focus of the regular classes at school is on formal education, this extra-curricular afternoon program concentrates on developing social skills. Its target group are elementary school children of both sexes and their families. Participants learn to be self-aware and, at the same time, find their place in the group.
Our aim is to respond to the children’s individual needs. Our means are:
- games and exercises to train social skills
- encouraging the children in those areas where their interests and talents lie
- training how to act responsibly
- helping the children find their place in their social network
Since this program is set within the school context, there is always a member of staff present in the regular morning classes.
We work closely together not only with the children and schools, but also with parents and therapists.
With our outreach services, we support communities, particularly in rural areas. We analyse individual needs before, together with the community concerned, we find solutions. As needed, we counsel, support and supervise. Our streetworkers temporarily become part of the community’s team who, in turn, gets to use Christophorus Jugendwerk equipment, e.g. canoes or mountain bikes.
We currently employ three streetworkers in four communities in the area.
People who have had a professional training and acquired the corresponding diploma feel as a valuable part of society. In fact, training and diploma are prerequisites for participation in that society. They multiply opportunities for the future of the individual and help our society master the challenges of demographic change.
The German principle of dual apprenticeship – a mix of theoretical training at school and practical training in a workshop or a company – has been adapted to meet our youths’ needs: They learn in modules and get certificates for every module fully finished. That way, even if they do not get the chance to complete their apprenticeship, they have valuable formal proof of their skills and endeavours. This at least improves their chances of finding a job.
The young men get the chance to learn in a setting that meets their needs:
- small groups of apprentices
- master craftsmen with special pedagogic training
- standard or simplified apprenticeships
We offer apprenticeships for these trades:
- cabinet maker
- bike mechanic
Sometimes children or adolescents need a very intensive and individual kind of support. This program offers just that. The young individual is the expert where her or his personal situation is concerned. That is why we try to plan the support together with her or him. We do not make decisions for the adolescent, least of all one that she or he does not consent to.
The adolescents in this program live in carefully selected foster families either in Germany or abroad. A team of 13 pedagogues continually supervise and counsel the foster families and are available for crisis intervention 24/7.
About 120 boys and girls participate in this program where they are raised in an environment which allows for a positive development.
An ongoing study of the German Institute for Child and Youth Care in Mainz evaluates the effects of this pedagogic concept. A completed study by that institution confirms the effectiveness of the program.
In the school on our campus we offer individualized education, e.g. with project-based lessons. This helps the students to have new and positive experiences. School and school-leaving certificates become (once more) desirable.
After an extensive placement test, students start school in the class at their level. If they lag behind in certain subjects or areas, our pedagogues help them catch up quickly.
Teaching and gaining knowledge go hand-in-hand with our psychologist’s work, the support plan and the appropriation of learning strategies.
Students who lack endurance, are unable to concentrate for a longer time-span or can’t be motivated to study can profit from our workshops. The workshops are a place where students often learn these skills more easily than in a classroom.
“LuSt” (Leben und Schule trainieren / training Life and School) is a program closing the gap between school and every-day life. Teachers and social workers cooperate in enabling the students to reach the goals stated in their support plans. The closeness of the cooperation gives all members of the network orientation and thereby a reliable backdrop. Even small progress immediately becomes obvious to everyone.
Ideally, students eventually return to a regular school off-campus.
Please contact us for further information.
We encourage young people to believe in their future. Most adolescents want to belong and have a place in society. A prerequisite for reaching that goal is a school-leaving certificate. But for those who have dropped out of the regular school system, the goal has become difficult to reach.
Flex does not ask why things did not work out. Instead, we find ways to make things work differently, in a way fitting the student. In this, there are no standard ways. Every student is different and lives in her or his own social environment. Solutions are only possible if Flex teachers, students and those people they work with (e.g. parents, social pedagogues or teachers) cooperate. The effort is worthwhile: Reaching the goal of the school-leaving certificate makes the young person proud and newly confident.
Flex school typically teaches:
- chronic truants
- adolescents with social or psychological problems
- adolescents who receive intensive individual support
- teenage parents
- adolescents with physical or mental handicaps
- (former) drug addicts
- adolescents living in the streets
- adolescents who cannot attend a class for another reason
Flex courses prepare for different official German school-leaving certificates.
In many cases, the youth welfare services cover the costs.