Status: 21.09.2023, 16:00 p.m.
By: Veronika Ahn-Tauchnitz
The Lenggries youth club is housed in the rectory on Geiersteinstraße. © Arp
The work in the Lenggries youth club was the subject of the meeting of the municipal council. Treff leader Stefan Müller-Laugk gave insights.
Lenggries – A place to meet, try things out, grow and get involved – all this is the Lenggries Youth Club. For more than 18 years, it has been headed by Stefan Müller-Laugk. Together with his colleague Verena Thomas and Markus Bloch from the Archbishop's Youth Welfare Office in Munich and Freising, Müller-Laugk presented the work in the youth club to the municipal council.
A protected space where you can try things out
The facility in the rectory on Geiersteinstraße offers young people "a protected setting where they can try things out and where they are trusted to do something," says Müller-Laugk. Visually, the rooms are constantly changing. "The young people design them according to their wishes and thus create a home for themselves." In general, everyone is always allowed to contribute their ideas. "In the process, the young people experience that you can make a difference," said Müller-Laugk. He himself wants to "accompany the young people part of the way" and be a contact person – "not only in the meeting, but also on the street or when you meet while shopping". Especially after Corona, it is important to offer these opportunities and spaces for adolescents. "Social skills are no longer so pronounced." Psychological abnormalities and crises would increase, the consumption of alcohol and cannabis would become more risky, said Müller-Laugk. There is a lot of "need for support and guidance".
The largest group of visitors is 15.16 years old
For a long time, the meeting was "a male domain", girls came rather rarely, reported Müller-Laugk. Verena Thomas, who is employed on a 450-euro basis, is currently trying to change that. On Thursdays, the two hours before the regular opening hours of the meeting belong only to the girls. "It took time to settle in, but it's working well now," she said. Daniela Werner (Greens) wanted to know from Verena Thomas, "whether the girls are also in the meeting when you are not there?" "Partly. But they often leave," she replied. "But this is also due to the fact that they are relatively young at 11 or 12 years old," Müller-Laugk added. "Before Verena, the attendance ratio was 90 percent boys and ten percent girls. Since it's been there, we've been at 80/20."
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Stefan Heiß (FWG) was interested in the age groups that the offer appeals to. One turns to everyone from the age of 12, replied Müller-Laugk. "The strongest group is 15.16." Christine Rinner (CSU) wanted to know how many visitors are coming. Over the autumn, winter and spring, a group of 25 to 30 young people came to the meeting. "Summer is always a bit of a pickle season for us," says Müller-Laugk.
What about outreach youth work?
The meeting is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 16:30 p.m. to 20:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 17:30 p.m. to 21:30 p.m. Seven youth leaders have just been trained for the "Opening without Leadership" project, Müller-Laugk said, not without pride. Even during the holidays, one would actually like to offer a program for those who cannot go away. However, at the moment, overtime is being reduced during this time. "Of course, your heart always bleeds a little when we shut down," said Müller-Laugk.
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Roman Haehl (Greens) wanted to know whether outreach youth work would also be possible if the hours were increased. He is already doing this, said Müller-Laugk – within the scope of the possibilities.
Meeting point is unfortunately not barrier-free
When asked by Markus Ertl (FWG) whether the meeting was barrier-free, Müller-Laugk had to answer in the negative. "Unfortunately, you can't get far with a wheelchair," he regretted. "We're not in a good position there."
For the future, Lenggries would like to see even more open offerings. "The clubs are doing a great job, but they just don't reach everyone," said Müller-Laugk. That's why there is also a need for open sports activities, such as the middle school's freestyle project.
An application would be needed for more working hours
Mayor Stefan Klaffenbacher took the opportunity to thank the employees. "We are aware of how important this work is." And turning to the parliamentary groups, Klaffenbacher added: "If there is a desire for more hours, please submit an application." Incidentally, the facility is financed by several partners. 60 percent is borne by the municipality, 25 percent by the youth welfare office, 10 percent by the Catholic Church. The rest is shared by the Protestant Church and the Förderverein Jugend- und Seniorentreff.
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