CREATIVITY NOT CRIMINALITY IN KAROSTA

“Creativity not criminality” is the new slogan of Karosta Kids, a youth organization which had received the award of one of the best organizations in Liepaja, in 2013.

In conversation with Tatyana Tarasova, the chairman of board, we discovered some of the activities which make the everyday life of Karosta Kids:

On Mondays, at 5 p.m., the volunteers of this organization leads craft, sport lessons. Tuesday is time for youngsters to discuss about serious topics, like conflict management. On Wednesdays, all are invited to join the sewing workshops. Thursday is time to improve music and vocal skills which starts at 3 p.m. To end well the week, Karosta Kids watch a movie on Friday.

Karosta kids are looking for sponsors who support their daily decision of being creative instead of criminal.

At the same time, there are other activities taking place in this youth center: decoration, cooking and soap-making are just some of the examples.

“Everybody is invited to join the activities”, says Tatyana, “but, in order to keep up the good work, Karosta Kids are looking for sponsers who want to support creativity, instead of criminality”.

If you want to be a part of this great family to whom we called Karosta Kids, you have two options: join the organization as a volunteer or make a donation. Be aware that all donation are tax-deductible.

To get to know more about this organization, please visit its online places:

HOPE FOR KAROSTA

In every part of the world there are kids looking for a place to call their home.  In Karosta, that place is called Karosta Kids, a youth organization where you can easily find talented kids with hard familiar backgrounds.

Their story started with the story of Tatjana Tarasova, one of the founders. At the age of 16, Tatjana only had disappointment and broken dreams; but because a man believed in her and helped her to afford an education, now Tatjana is a psycologist who wants to pay forward what was given to her: support, inspiration, faith and, most important, a chance to be creative instead of criminal.

 

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What’s forbidden in our Youth Center

“It is forbidden to cry without learning,
to wake up one day not knowing what to do,
to be afraid of your memories.

It is forbidden not to smile at problems,
not to fight for what you want,
to abandon everything because of fear,
to not transform your dreams into reality.

It is forbidden not to show your love,
to make someone pay for your debts and your bad mood.

It is forbidden to leave your friends,
not to try to understand what you lived and shared together,
to call them only when you need them.

It is forbidden not to be yourself in public,
to feign with people you don’t care about,
to fake being funny just to make them remember you,
to forget all the people who love you.

It is forbidden not to make things by yourself,
not to believe in God and forge your fate,
to be afraid of life and its engagements,
not to live each day like it was your last.

It is forbidden to miss someone without
cheering, to forget his eyes, his smile,
just because your paths stopped being embraced,
to forget your past and pay it with your present.

It is forbidden not to try to understand people,
to think that their lives are more valuable than yours,
to forget that each person has his own ways and his own happiness.

It is forbidden not to create your story,
not to have a moment for the people who need you,
not to understand that whatever life gives you, it takes it away as well.

It is forbidden not to search for your happiness,
not to live your life with a positive attitude,
not to think that we can be better,
not to feel that, without you, this world wouldn’t be the same.”

Pablo Neruda

 

May all your dreams come true

6 months of volunteering work in Karosta showed us what the latvian nation doesn’t want to see: Karosta is a place with bad reputation but good heart.

We work in a Youth Center, called Karosta Kids. “The kids” are not “kids”. Most of them are 15-17 years old, but they didn’t have the chance to enjoy a childhood, which sumarizes pretty much one of the goals of the organization: to give the kids the hope they lost and the the life skills they hadn’t opportunity to improve.

You can check our daily Schedule below, by the way:

karosta kids schedule time

It’s not easy to be a teenager but, if your parents are no good role models, it can get unbereable to live.
We truly believe that the Karosta Kids’s stories are worth sharing and, in affection, ours too.
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A story of creativity not criminality

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PS: “Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not”. We are working on that. And we invite you to be a part of this family too 🙂

» Join us as a volunteer:
karostakids@gmail.com

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We are in a mission to break stereotypes

For many years, Karosta has been seen as a crime area with youth criminals.

However, we want to show you the whole picture. We want to show that Karosta is a great place where kindness wins selfishness, beauty wins destruction and creativity wins criminality. We are in a mission to break stereotypes. Continue reading

Happy Women’s Day!

The Problem
From 2007 to 2012, only 30.8% of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies were women.

The Solution
Portraying Disney princesses as self-sufficient and complex can lead to other similar representations of women in media.”

Here, in Karosta Kids, we did it. Each one of us created a new princess with unique traits and goals (that don’t include finding a Prince Charming) to urge Disney to feature more strong female characters in its movies. That’s how we celebrate Women’s Day 🙂 You can see the results below.

Happy Women’s Day!

happy women's day in karosta kids

 

Free english lessons in Karosta Kids

Thursday is time to improve our english, during one hour lesson, which starts at 5pm, in Karosta Kids Youth Center. The lessons are hold by our two international volunteers, Julius (Germany) and Tânia (Portugal) and everybody is invited to join us for free.

But now you may be thinking: “what do you do during those lessons?”. To put it simply: creative stuff! Continue reading

Norwegian National Evening in Karosta

Norwegian national evening in karosta

Karosta Kids would like to invite you to the next cultural evening: Norwegian National Evening. During the event we’ll discover some interesting facts about Norway.

The presentation will be hold by a norwegian friend who will show us the beauty of the region, the character of the people and the manners.
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