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PAPILIO: Tackling the Risks for Violence and Addiction in Preschool Children

Augsburg, Germany
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$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Papilio is a program for kindergartens for the early prevention of the development of addiction and violence problems. It promotes social emotional competencies and reduces first instances of disturbed behavior. It protects children against the development of addiction and violence problems.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if every child developed socio-emotional skills in kindergarten?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Addiction and violence are huge problems with a significant impact on society and the economy. There are prevention programs which are implemented in schools or which attempt to reach youngsters in other areas. The disadvantage of these programs is that youngsters who are missing the basic social emotional competences are almost impossible to get through to.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Papilio strengthens children’s social emotional competences because these are the basis for learning each and every life skill. Therefore Papilio can protect against addiction and violence becoming a problem among the youth as well as laying the foundation for a self-determined and responsible adult life. We know from research that behavioural problems are the main risk factors for the development of addiction and violent behaviour. These problems manifest themselves for the first time in kindergarten age and become embedded by the age of 8. So in order to act against these problems effectively one must act early and encourage healthy development of children in an age appropriate way. That is why we implement Papilio in kindergartens.
Impact: How does it Work

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

As of June 2014 Papilio has educated 181 trainers who have trained over 5,500 kindergarten teachers and reached 111,980 children across Germany so far. The effects of the program have been proven by a long term study with 700 children, 1,200 parents and 100 kindergarten teachers. Representatives from Communities That Care, McKinsey & Company, and Institute for Therapy Research, Munich, among other institutions, laud Papilio's ability to educate children to live a socially responsible life.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Papilio's proven impact on kindergarten children is going to expand into further age groups. In the future Papilio will develop approaches for children under the age of three in crèches and primary school children from the ages of 6 - 8, reaching even more children.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Similar programs to Papilio either cannot make the transition from science into practice or they involve registration which blocks out the very children who are most at risk because the parents of said children often show no interest in the development of their children. Papilio includes three intervention components: child intervention, kindergarten teacher intervention, and parent intervention. It can be applied in every kindergarten. In the long term, public health benefits from Papilio as it saves therapy costs for youth that is prone to violence and addiction.