Welcome to the first Turning Blue newsletter!
Turning Blue aims to create a bridge for young individuals in conflict with the law to pursue a sustainable blue career in a Blue Economy Sector. 



Welcome to the first issue of the Turning Blue newsletter! The consortium partners are excited to embark on this journey with you as we strive to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young individuals in conflict with the law.  


To do so, we are committed to creating cutting-edge resources specifically designed for the unique context of prisons and the needs of justice-involved youth and employers in blue economy sectors.  


Since the inception of Turning Blue, the team has been working hard at setting up the foundation for developing the first major resource of the project: the Turning Blue roadmap.


More specifically, we have:
•    Kicked off by sending out questionnaires to companies in the Blue Economy sectors to identify potential job opportunities for young individuals leaving prison.     
•    Begun setting up the Turning Blue Network that bridges prison services, education/training providers, and the Blue Economy industry.
•    Implemented consultation sessions with Blue Economy and Justice representatives, covering a range of topics, including opportunities for youth employment, employer expectations, and benefits of employing youth exiting the justice system. In parallel, we engaged with justice representatives to gather advice and feedback on opportunities for collaboration.

Upon embarking on this journey, we seized the opportunity to introduce our initiative to the public and key industry players.

On March 1st, Aproximar, our project coordinator, was present at The Blue Jobs and Careers Fair, in Porto. The fair was a key event for those who want to contact the blue economy sector.

March 1st was an important date for our partners from Netherlands as well, as they hosted the first Stakeholder Meeting. The idea behind this meeting was to get to know each other and search for relevant stakeholders who would like to contribute and participate in the project.

In addition, all participants looked at the possibilities and challenges of the project and its goals.

To kick start the discussion three key-note speakers provided insight into their respective sectors and experiences: Stichting MATE a foundation working on reintegrating young people in the inland shipping sector, Kompas College Spijkenisse – Aloysius a youth detention college and the Dutch Northern Fisheries Alliance representing fishers in the North of the Netherlands. The afternoon finished with a speed dating session to develop stronger connections and discuss needs to make working in the blue economy successful. 

•    Refining the list of blue economy sectors and jobs that provide the best opportunities or justice-involved youth;
•    Defining the competency profiles, the exact skills, knowledge and abilities needed for young people to enter the blue economy jobs the consortium identified;
•    Widely distributing the Turning Blue Roadmap for justice-involved youth;
•    Preparing the report on findings from focus groups aiming to collect young people’s perceptions about Blue Economy and Blue Careers;
•    Preparing to design the course curricula and set up the training methodology for the Turning Blue Awareness Training.

Join us in our mission to empower young individuals through the Blue Economy. Whether you're a volunteer, professional, or advocate, your support can make a real difference.

Benefits for being part of the Turning Blue Network
For criminal justice professionals
  • Establishment of valuable connections with blue economy companies to provide training and rehabilitating activities for justice-involved youth.
  • Showing dedication to restorative justice principles, emphasizing rehabilitation, reintegration, and community involvement.
  • Contributing to successful reintegration into society and reducing the number of individuals cycling through the criminal justice system.
  • Opportunity to connect with other criminal justice representatives and build a platform to advocate for systemic changes within the justice system.
For blue economy representatives
  • Access to a skilled talent pool with a high level of dedication and motivation to rebuild their lives and establish stable careers.
  • Obtaining a young and capable workforce with high productivity and retention rates.
  • Alignment with corporate social responsibility goals, amounting to a valuable contribution to reducing recidivism rates and societal rehabilitation.
  • Eligibility for tax breaks offered by government agencies for hiring vulnerable categories.
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