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Itaca Project

Istituto don Calabria - ITALY

Istituto don Calabria (Don Calabria Institute) promotes and realizes the fundamental principles of its own spiritual, religious, cultural and social patrimony, through:

- supporting the development of services, projects and initiatives directed to processes of active citizenship and the promotion of the well-being of teen-agers, of young people and of the families living in situations of disease and suffering;

- promoting solidarity, cooperation and the respect of the person and the continuous possibility of inclusion and integration;

- supporting the social communication system able to promote the moral and social value oriented to the issues of aftercare, promotion and rehabilitation of children and adolescents inside the local, regional national and international debate;

- supporting the debate respects the needs and gives innovative reply to the same one;

- supporting, through the instrument of the work and the social economy, equal policies for the development of the territory in cooperation with the other structure of the opera and the other organization involved.


The vision underlying all the intervention is aimed to the promotion of an equal and efficient social system disseminated on the territory and of an active citizenship.

A social influence able to:

- support the political debate jointly with the other organization operating in the field;

- realize and support net of solidarity and active citizenship on the territory;

- Project effective intervention;

- Value all the existing sources for a prompt reply to the needs emerged;

- differentiate between the intervention to carry on through services and the ones to carry on through the implementation and the support to the net of solidarity.


Don Calabria Institute has assisted youth in difficulty from the early 1900’s within its structure. It is from the Second World War, through the goodwill of the founder San Giovanni Calabria, that assistance became its specific mission.

In 1974 the Istituto headquarters were officially created in Verona, continuing to provide assistance to many of the youth of the city of Verona. Over the decades, it has developed many types of diversified services to cope with minors' disease.

Following the socio-cultural and legislative developments, in recent years, the organization of the Institute has been increasingly modified and adapted to the required standards of quality. Principal areas of intervention are: a) Promotion of a quality culture; b) Management of the services (Residential Centers, reception for adolescents, Diurnal centre in convention/cooperation with the Ministry of Justice - Juvenile Justice Centre, domiciliary educative intervention). 

The headquarters in Verona manage diurnal and residential centers and carry out intervention in the field of rehabilitation and education for sick minors and young offenders.

It is a Referent in Italy for services aimed at minors and young people, in particular with regards to the fight against juvenile crime and the rehabilitation of young offenders. Furthermore, in the last few years it has developed an office dedicated to the national and international projects implementing and increasing the European network through initiatives insisting on the issues of juvenile justice, foreign minors, restorative justice and Victim Offender Mediation (VOM). The underlying vision of all the activities of the planning offices and the Don Calabria Institute is the attention to the development of activities in a variety of fields of interest in an effective and efficient social structure, spread throughout the Country and contributed to by citizens, and on a European and global level. 

Particular attention has been given to the issue of Juvenile Justice through project at national and European but also International level, oriented to Juvenile Crime prevention, the rehabilitation and the social-working inclusion of minors inserted in the penal circuit and young offenders in close cooperation with private and public organization operating in the field, the juvenile services involved and the Department for Juvenile Justice promoting actions and paths to:

- develop an integrated operational context/framework between the different operators involved and the Juvenile Justice Services;

- create a common knowledge open through the implementation of good practices already in use within the contexts of Juvenile Justice;

- share the use of languages and operational concepts as homogeneous as possible;

- build systems of knowledge that can enhance the experience of local operational reality.


So mainly, the activities of Applicant concern two areas of intervention:

1. Area of minors’ guardianship and protection;

2. Area of planning-implementation of initiatives and intervention oriented to minors in situation of disease or inserted in the juvenile justice system at regional, national and international level.

1. AREA OF MINORS GUARDIANSHIP - The activities can be divided in 4 principal sector:

a) Residential and Diurnal Services;

b) Minors guardianship Services;

c) House Educational Intervention;

d) Specific Intervention Projects.



- During last years, the headquarters developed a team for the planning and the management of intervention on the issues of juvenile justice, foreign minors and unaccompanied foreign minors, restorative justice and Victim Offender Mediation (VOM). Don Calabria has several years experience in managing national and international projects in the field of minor’s protection and juvenile justice. For details see Curricula in attachment. Istituto don Calabria was established on 1953 (the headquarters in Verona on 1974).

Permanent staff of headquarter: 40 persons. / External operators, psychologist with cooperation contracts: 70 persons.

The usual sources of funding come from European Commission and National/Regional Plans (PON Piani Operativi Nazionali - POR Piani Operativi Regionali) for Area 2; Veneto Region and Municipality of Verona for Area 1 IN Veneto Region and other regional funds in general for the other involved Regions.