SBAM! – Baroni Space, AttrAttiv* in Milan!

Citizen participation
Educational poverty
Gender stereotypes and discrimination
Good Governance and Citizen Participation
Women's economic empowerment
Women’s Rights
Youth poverty


232 APS , Zero5 - Laboratorio di Utopie Metropolitane cooperativa sociale , Consorzio SiR


CSI Centro Sportivo Italiano, Istituto W. Kandinsky Milano , Cittadini Reattivi, Milano Altruista Onlus - Kaumatua , Penelope Story Lab, Teatro PimOff , Scout CNGEI Gruppo 3, Werunthestreets, Under The Tower Factory , BboyChapter, CSV Milano, Teatro delle Biglie, L’Impronta , Associazione Joint , Formattart , CGIL - Camera del Lavoro di zona sud Milano , Osservatorio di comunicazione pubblica, public branding e trasformazione digitale dell'Università IULM , Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, Un Ponte Per , Biblioteca Chiesa Rossa , Laboratorio di Quartiere , Libriontheroad , Piccolo Teatro, Municipio 5, Trave

Objective of the project

We want to promote youth protagonism in the co-design of activities for the former kindergarten in Via Baroni 85, in the Gratosoglio neighborhood in Milan, in order to build an inclusive and an attractive place for young people and the community.  

Abstract of the project

The SBAM! project is part of the City of Milan’s Baroni85 program, an initiative that puts young people at the center of the action, promoting their active participation in imagining and creating a community HUB dedicated to them. Based on an inclusive and collaborative approach, SBAM! offers innovative activities that aim to meet the needs and desires of young people of the city. An important aspect of the project is the active participation of young people through a governance system that runs through the SBAM! Public Assembly. This ensures that youth voices are heard and that they play a central role in defining and implementing strategies.  

Context analysis

The Gratosoglio Neighborhood was built in the 1960s to address increased housing demand due to migration. Today, the neighborhood is in a rapidly expanding area, with many new facilities and services, but with problems related to urban decay and social unrest.  

The population is very diverse, with a significant presence of foreigners and a nomadic camp. The youth in the neighborhood have heterogeneous situations, including people in the dormitory, teenagers from the nomad camp, and groups seeking to improve the area through redevelopment activities. However, among the youth generations there are problems of petty crime, bullying, vandalism and addiction. 

Schooling is low, dropout rates and unemployment are high, and there are phenomena such as early pregnancies and problematic families. In the evenings, gathering places for young people are limited. Social exclusion is due to economic hardship, land degradation, and the poor reputation of the neighborhood.  

Gratosoglio, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

 Gratosoglio, Milan (Italy). 

Implementation Period

17/07/2023 - 16/07/2024



  •  100 boys and girls 14 to 25 years old.


  • 1000 local residents, associations and organizations in the area. 

Project Strategy


  • Animation activities: To give an initial response to the needs and desires gathered from the experiences on the ground. Eg: Hip hop laboratories – Language lab – Educational lab;
  • Participative design of the HUB with young people.


  • Sustainability plan for the space co-designed with the youth(s).  


  • Increase civic participation of youths and the whole community through the development and strengthening of cognitive, relational and social skills that can affect the link between social exclusion and educational and youth poverty;
  • Make youths/youths active stakeholders together with the community in the definition and implementation of effective response strategies, thereby impacting governance models that are often limiting for youths/youths themselves;
  • Involve young people in the space’s decision-making processes, encouraging them to engage with the community to build a more inclusive decision-making model and efficiently and democratically manage the area’s resources.

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