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Integration practices Tu Kontas (+Ainda) / You count (even
more)  (Unofficial translation)
Project begin 01/01/2010

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Target audience

  • AGE
    • <18
    • 2nd/ 3rd generation
    • Students
    • In vocational training
    • Female
    • Male


    • Vocational training and career development
    • Self-employment and entrepreneurship
    • Health
    • School education
    • Out-of-school education incl. life-long learning and distance education
Project end 31/12/2012
Country of residence Portugal
City / Region Montijo
City Municipality of Montijo, metropolitan area of Lisbon, Portugal
Abstract (EN)

The project You Count (Even More) intervenes in two social housing neighbourhoods located in the municipality of Montijo (located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon) and gives particular attention to families receiving the Social Insertion Income (Rendimento Social de Inserção). Many of these families are either from immigrant origin or belong to the Roma ethnic group. The project focuses on the development of workshops oriented towards pedagogic support and on the routing of youngsters to alternative professional training schemes. There is also an investment in the promotion of health and in the prevention of risk behaviours (the model of intervention is the proximity model and also the peers model) acting to de-construct stereotypes and to consolidate a positive image of the territories. The project is based on the enhancement of personal, social and artistic competencies using an approach based on interculturality and entrepreneurship. The project includes individualized follow-up of the beneficiaries and the design of the bio-psycho-social profile of the individuals and of their life project.

Issue/challenge and


The goal is to contribute to an improvement of the quality of life of 60 children and youngsters aged between 6 and 18 (the target population) residing in the neighbourhoods of Caneira and Esteval in the municipality of Montijo (metropolitan area of Lisbon). The more specific goals are to potentiate:

  1. healthy behaviour by participating in leisure and sports activities and also in activities with peers;
  2. school success through the participation in regular activities that support study and the promotion of personal and social competencies;
  3. the integration of formative responses in the scope of the school or job training using the definition of the aptitudes profile, framing in the training offer and internships in the labour market context;
  4. the sharing of experiences among different cultures and interpersonal experiences through the participation in intercultural initiatives and other exchanges;
  5. creativity and entrepreneurial spirit through the participation in initiatives of education using the fine arts;
  6. the community participation and the image of the territories through tutorials, social marketing and proximity services oriented towards the community.


How does it work?

The project follows four specific measures:

  • school inclusion and non-formal education; 
  • professional training and employability; 
  • community dynamics and citizenship; 
  • digital inclusion, entrepreneurship and capacity building among youngsters. 

The non-formal education orients the intervention, stressing the development of participative learning models based on experience, autonomy and responsibility of the individuals. In order to put into practice a diversified set of activities that contributes to the defined goals, the project has a multidisciplinary team with training in the social area (psychology, psycho pedagogy and social service) that works on a daily basis in the project.



The results achieved by the target population are:

  1. adoption of healthy life-styles, healthy familiarity among the peers and development of personal and social competencies;
  2. increase of school success, especially in the subjects of maths and Portuguese language;
  3. integration of youngsters living situations of school failure and school drop out in employment alternatives;
  4. enhancement and sharing of experiences among the different cultures residing in the neighbourhoods;
  5. improvement of experiences and inter-personal relationship among youngsters and the different realities;
  6. improvement of self-esteem, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of children and youngsters;
  7. more community participation of youngsters and establishment of a more positive image of the territories.



The evaluation process considers three complementing methodologies which end up in an evaluation of the diagnosis, of the process and of the results. The evaluation is on-going and materialized in a report produced every semester taking into account the data gathered during the activities using the evaluation instruments. For this process, the moments of analysis and reflection set up in the meetings of the team with the consortium and with the Choices Programme (Programa Escolhas). The youngsters also have an active role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the intervention process.

Who will benefit?

The beneficiaries are 197 children and youngsters, 91 family members and 139 other participants residing in more vulnerable social and economic contexts with few institutional responses. Of the total number of children and youngsters involved, 40 are of immigrant descent, namely from Angola, Cape Verde and Saint Tomé and Prince and 30 belong to the Roma ethnic minority. Among family members taking part in the project, 30 come from African countries and 20 are Roma individuals.

Source of funding
and resources used


The main source of funding is the Choices Programme (Programa Escolhas). The project also receives co-funding from the Human Potential Operational Programme (POPH) of the the National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN). The total budget for the 3 years is 201,613.44 Euros

The entity promoting the project is the Montijo city council and the managing entity is the Association for Professional Training and Development of Montijo. The partners are: School Espaço Verde, the Commission for the Protection of Children and Youngsters at Risk of Montijo, Centre of Integrated Answers of the Setúbal Peninsula and the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth.


Organisation Choices Programme (Programa Escolhas), Montijo City Council, Association for Professional Training and Development of Montijo (Associação para a Formação Profissional e Desenvolvimento do Montijo)
Contact person Ms. Ana Fina (Send email)
Function Project coordinator


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