WOW Go Team


Manuela Renjaan (Founder) has gained 14 years of experience (1994-2007) in working in the field of office and project management and international co-operation. During this period she has been working for TNT Post Group Eastern Europe as the Executive Assistant to the management board of the Regional Headoffice of TNT Eastern Europe (1994-2001). In 2001 she became core member and partly responsible for the implementation and consultancy of SAP within Eastern Europe. In her new role she was able to travel abroad and she gained several years of experience in consultancy, project development and financial control. In 2007 Manuela had a 2 years leave and was able to explore beautiful parts of the world and to meet a large variety of people with different background, cultures and religion.

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Following this period Manuela has been working for 3 years at the Headoffice of KNVB (National Royal Football) in Zeist the Netherlands. She was part of the 7-headed project team and shared the responsibility for the implementation and development of TVS (Tijd voor Sport), a project that was initiated by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS). Her preliminary study as a secondary school teacher brought her a lot of advantage in developing the new learning methods and teaching instruments for young talented football players in the field of sports and respect.

WOW Fishion was founded with the aim to develop small scaled community projects for youngsters in the Moluccan and Papua. Her cultural background and passion for this region brought her to this new step in her career. The first pilot project on the island of Warbal, the Moluccan was launched in 2012. In the meantime the organization moved from Arnhem to the capital city of Amsterdam and presented under a new name ‘WOW Go Amsterdam’. The focus area was expanded and projects for youngsters and youth workers were implemented globally. The main vision remained to “Go” and become active in mobility projects, in order to strengthen, empower and build capacity in the field of youth. In 2013 WOW Go Amsterdam received the accreditation from NJI (Nederlands Jeugdinstituut) to become part of the European Erasmus+ program and to be able to act as a Sending and Coördinating organization for the youth mobility programs of young people. In the same year Manuela has been trained as a MTFC-Coach (Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care) for the juvenile and justice of the Army of Salvation.

Over the last years Manuela followed additional training and mobility programs in order to sharpen her skills and knowledge in coaching and leadership within Youth in Action and Erasmus+. Her main expertise at WOW Go Amsterdam is in the area of international strategic partnerships in the field of youth.

Experience abroad : project monitoring, exchange and consultancy in Austria, Sweden, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Romania, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Moluccan Indonesia, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

 

Michael van Leeuwen (Board) gained 5 years of experience with TOS (Thuis Op Straat), working with street youth in Amsterdam and working for Versa Welzijn, running the local youth centre in Naarden/Bussum. For another 5 years he has been working as a social worker with homeless and addicted people in Amsterdam. Michael was closely linked to his local church in Amsterdam and other congregations in the Netherlands to provide teachings in social skills and awareness to people who have less opportunities in the society.

In order to further develop his skills and expertise Michael decided to go back to study at Hogeschool Amsterdam and got his degree as cultural social worker (CMV/Cultureel Maatschappelijke Vorming). In 2013 he gained internship experience as shelter-coördinator at “de Haven” (the Harbour) at the Army of Salvation, in the centre of Amsterdam.

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In 2013 Michael also followed the program for becoming a MTFC-Coach (Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care) for the juvenile and justice of the Army of Salvation. This method is a community-based intervention for adolescents (12-18 years of age) with severe and chronic delinquency and their families. MTFC is based on a social learning theory. The method aims to help youngsters live successfully in their communities while also preparing their parents/relatives, and community-based agencies to provide effective parenting and support that will facilitate a positive reunification with the family. Michael was successfully trained as MTFC-Coach and proved to be a professional expertise in this field.

Since the start of WOW Go Amsterdam , Michael followed additional training and mobility programs in order to sharpen his skills and knowledge in coaching and leadership within Youth in Action and Erasmus+. Michael is actively involved in mentoring, he provides training and workshops and supervises the participation processes of the different EVS and youth exchanges. His main expertise at WOW Go Amsterdam is in the area of capacity building and empowerment in the field of youth.

Experience abroad : Michael lived and worked as a social worker in Jerusalem, Israël 1998/1999. Project monitoring, training and mentoring in Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, United States, Aruba Dutch Antilles, Indonesia, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

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