Recognising the resilience of Moroccan youth in the Netherlands: from their perspectives

08Nov2017 18:00 - 21:00


Quantitative studies of Moroccan youth in the Netherlands, based on large data sets, paint a pessimistic picture this group’s educational attainment, economic advancement and social mobility in comparison to their native Dutch counterparts and other ethnic minorities. Research on the topic of polarisation shows that Moroccans are at both extremes of the spectrum, with many doing poorly, but with others accessing higher education. Yet such findings have not overcome the negative portrayal of this youth group.

This Who’s in Town presentation focuses on resilience, which is about overcoming the odds. It highlights how young Moroccans in Amsterdam work together with mentors and coaches to develop social networks and skills to create better opportunities for themselves in Dutch society.

By making visible a population of youth which remains invisible to many, we hope to encourage the AUC community to engage directly with Moroccan youth to better understand and participate in their efforts to enable more positive life choices.  This important AUC outreach is an opportunity for community projects, internships and research initiatives.   

  • Mr. Mohammed Jâouna, Founder, Coach & Trainer of Changemakerz.
  • Domiziana Turcatti third-year AUC student.
  • Saber El Majdoubi, Peer Coach, Changemakerz.
  • Biba de Jongh, Youth Coach, Rebel with a Cause.
  • Abdellah Achaaoui, Junior Entrepeneur, Changemakerz
Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth

Published by  Amsterdam University College