Status: 07.12.2023, 15:03 PM
By: Alexandra Korimorth, Jonas Napiletzki
For the young people in the valley, the PlanetX at the Reisberger Hof in Tegernsee is apparently hardly relevant. The mayors are now questioning the facility. © Thomas Plettenberg
Gmund's mayor Alfons Besel announces the closure of the PlanetX youth center in Tegernsee. The District Youth Council as the sponsor reacts irritated to this.
Tegernsee Valley – The statement has caused irritation in the District Youth Council (KJR): The valley-wide youth center PlanetX in Tegernsee will close, Gmund's mayor Alfons Besel had announced at the Young Citizens' Assembly (we reported). But although the closure was neither decided nor desired by the KJR as the sponsor of the facility, his announcement was by no means a misunderstanding, as Besel clarifies in response to an inquiry from our newspaper. Rather, there is the possibility that the five valley communities will no longer rely on the KJR for youth work in the future, Besel suggests.
As announced, the youth officers of the valley communities have met several times with the PlanetX team as well as Markus Weber and Julian Dürr from the district youth council as sponsors for talks about the youth center since the summer. One or the other business manager or treasurer of the valley municipalities also took part in these. The aim of the meetings was a general critique of the manoeuvres. Since Corona, the municipalities have been missing a comprehensive offer for the young people in the valley, and not only for the holiday periods. According to Christine Zierer, Gmund's youth officer, the youth officers brought up everything they liked and disliked about PlanetX at the meetings. "We told the district youth council and the PlanetX management exactly what we had in mind for the community and what we wanted for our youth," Zierer made clear to our newspaper.
KJR Chairman: "PlanetX will not be closed in the next three years"
Because it was not possible to find a common denominator and no concrete results could be worked out, the desire developed among the youth officers and the municipalities to close the PlanetX and to put the money that is provided by the municipalities for youth work in the valley every year into open youth work instead of the PlanetX in open youth work. In fact, this closure of PlanetX announced by Besel did not move the young people at the Young Citizens' Assembly in Gmund. In an impromptu poll, it turned out that only two of them had the PlanetX at least on their radar. For the others, it just doesn't happen.
Markus Weber, chairman of the Miesbach District Youth Council (KJR), is surprised by the closure announced by Besel at the request of our newspaper. "PlanetX will not be closed in the next three years," Weber clarifies. For that long, the KJR, as the sponsor of the youth centre, had been assured of accommodation on the premises of the city of Tegernsee. And even after the end of the three years, there are no plans for closure.
Besel: "We'll see who the future contacts are"
Rather, the KJR itself is planning to realign youth work in the valley (we reported). "There will be a new concept with a mixture of youth centre and outreach youth work," explains Weber. This concept is not quite finished yet, but the basic idea is already clear. "We want to go more into the local communities." For this, however, a base is still needed where the threads come together. How Besel comes to his statement, the chairman cannot explain. Just one day before the Young Citizens' Assembly, PlanetX was the subject of a valley-wide mayoral service meeting, Weber knows. There, the planned realignment was still communicated in this way.
When asked at the Gmünd town hall, Besel once again confirms his statement from the Young Citizens' Assembly - even if there is no official decision on this yet. "We five valley mayors have taken note of the meetings, and our wish – just like that of our youth officers – is to make youth work more open," says Besel. "The logical conclusion is that the PlanetX will not find a place in the current concept, nor in the future overall concept." He admits that they are currently still in the conception phase for youth work in the Tegernsee Valley. However, it is also important to question how effectively funds are used. "We will see who the future contact persons for youth work in the valley are," says Besel. Nap
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