Natassia Fry & Pegah Afsharian
Kompis Ungdom is a buddy program connecting established Swedes with newly arrived youth with the aim to erase cultural and social barriers among Swedish youth. Kompis Ungdom’s vision is to build long lasting friendship between peers in order to reduce cultural polarization and to combat exclusion in Sweden.
The instability in the world caused by conflict and civil unrest is forcing children and youth to leave their home countries in the pursuit to reach a safer environment in Europe. Upon arrival in Sweden, unaccompanied refugee youth have extremely limited exposure and opportunity to interact with native Swedes, leaving them to tackle the issues of segregation alone.
Natassia and Pegah’s solution to combat this growing problem is through a leading buddy program connecting established Swedes with newly arrived youth. The vision is to erase barriers between ‘new’ and ‘established’ Swedes. Kompis Ungdom is facilitating relationship building by pairing unaccompanied refugee youth with Swedish peers and giving them the opportunity to interact and attend social activities together. The core objective is to build lasting relationships based on mutual exchange, providing value to everyone involved.