Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Young people, especially from disadvanted backgrounds, sometimes make mistakes. Society is generally not very forgiving of such mistakes, and the consequences for the individual, can be long-lasting. In that context, the issue of re-offending has become one of the pressing challenges society is facing today. F. e. 37,9% of offenders released in Austria re-offend within the first year and for those at age 14-17, this number increases to 65,4%.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Ruffboards is a modern, conscious company whose goal it is to help young offenders reintegrate into society through an innovative approach combining work integration, on-the job training, and mentoring with the appeal of a modern, eco-conscious consumer product with mass-market appeal. We assist young people on the path to employment by offering on-the-job-training and jobs together with Verein Neustart, an experienced non-profit organization in Austria and Germany (www.neustart.at). Verein Neustart, an organization with over 50 years of experience, offers an established system for re-introducing young offenders to the job market.
Vienna Start-Up Award 2015, Winner Join the Core, B&J 2014, Finanlist: European Social Innovation Competition, EIB Tournament 2015