Educational fuel station
Tank up on fun and education at “Bolle”
The extracurricular program offers Berlin children sensible free-time activities.
Everyone knows the feeling: The fuel gauge displays a blinking red signal on a long bumpy drive on the highway and your stomach is grumbling. Everyone in the car is overjoyed as you approach a filling station because they can tank up on fuel and sustenance there. An analogy can be drawn to the so-called “educational fuel station” in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district of Berlin. Numerous children in the neighbourhood are on a bumpy road in life. Many come from difficult social circumstances and are confronted with problems such as unemployment and poverty at an early stage. After school, around 100 children go the “Bolle” youth centre. First, they tank up on energy with a free lunch. After their stomachs are fed, their minds are nourished. Volunteer helpers, reading mentors, and care-givers help them with their homework, tutor them in all school subjects, and carry out reading exercises with them. After they train their minds, the 5- to 18-year-olds get fresh impetus from leisure pursuits such as cooking and sports activities. In addition, the children have access to rehearsal rooms with musical instruments and a vegetable garden in the middle of the big city. And so that none of the children ends up on the street, the association assists the “street kids” with active social work and various preventive measures. Thanks to a strong network of eleven schools and other local partners, the youth centre reaches many kids in the district. With a tank full of knowledge and friends at their side, their journey through life is much easier.