SPRINT is a project that originated from a plan of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports to reintroduce the ‘Maatschappelijke diensttijd’. The purpose of this project is to increase societal engagement among youngsters through volunteering. The ministry has appointed money to do a few pilots. Studenten voor Morgen has contributed to the pilot of NJR & CNV jongeren in 2019/2020 together with CHOICE, JKB and IFMSA-NL. The pilot is called SPRINT, and can be viewed as a talent traineeship.
How does it work?
The program consists of several parts. The participants, each between 16 and 24 years, will volunteer for two months at two different participating organisations. Their functions will be developed specifically for them. In addition, the participants will follow masterclasses or training, that contribute to the learning goals and volunteering jobs. Examples are time management or personal branding. Furthermore, they visit 4 institutions, to discover new areas and learn how these institutions influence our society. Finally, every participant works on personal challenges and ambitions.