Teachers, social workers and community youth workers in Kungälv work together to identify high-school teenagers in or at risk of joining neo-Nazi gangs. They map local social structures and interrelationships to identify trouble spots and at-risk youth. The project then works with them to disassemble toxic activities and connects them to more positive relationships, activities and influences. The model also includes a wider spectrum of stakeholders committed to influencing society’s attitudes.
Research shows a connection between leaving education and destructive environments, so another important long-term project goal is to ensure that the participating students complete the compulsory nine-year school system, and continue onto upper secondary school.
Impact - Today, there are no active Nazi or white supremacist organisations in Kungälv and no informal gangs. The Kungälv Model was replicated in 20 other cities in Sweden in the 2015/2016 academic year, (with $1 million investment from Ministry of Labour, the National Agency for Youth and Civil Society Affairs, Natur & Kultur Foundation, and Skandia Ideas for Life).
The Kungälv model has been highlighted by the UN as a viable and appropriate strategy to counter extreme intolerance among youths.