Restored in 2011, L'Altra Casa was transformed into a music center for youth in 2014. The music lessons are conducted by 16 teachers. The lessons continued through 2015 andaround 80 children (ages 6-10) and youth (ages 16-20) took music classes. Considering that the classes took place mostly in the afternoons, it was decided to transform the space, during quiet hours, into a meeting space for women. An activity group was created that meets regularly in the mornings and early afternoons to share their experiences and learn different crafts, such as making limoncello, knitting, and sewing. All of these goods were then sold at the Christmas fair and the profits will be invested in new activities in 2016.
In 2015, the recording studio began operations as a small company for the first time and organized a series of events that are open to the public. At the end of 215, the studio held a concert on the seaside walkway of Naples.
In 2008, LAltra Napoli participated in the restructuring of the Catacombs of San Gennaro. In 2015, the number of visitors of the Catacombs reached 70,000, an increase from 50,000 visitors in 2014. The overall increase in visitors since 2008 is over 300%. The Catacombs became a mandatory stop for tourists in the city and received broad coverage by the media throughout the year. The social cooperative, La Paranza, manages the site also currently organizes only guided toursand numerous events dedicated to the arts, theatre, and culture.
In 2015, the second Junior Orchestra (children ages 6-10) gave its first performance, a Christmas concert. LAltra Napoli, along with two private foundations, continued to sponsor musical education by fundraising for new instruments and musical classes. Over 100,000 euros were donated for the activities of the Junior Orchestra and the Senior Orchestra. In 2015, it was decided to transform the Senior Orchestra into a regional orchestra and to recruit other young musicians to complete the orchestra staff.
Bridge to Employment, a project started in 2013 in collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. recruited 50 students from two schools in Naples to participate in a three-year training. 2015 was the second year of activity for this project. It was focused mostly on giving students practical understanding of the employment world. Only 25 students from the initial group continued to attend the classes (the others dropped out due to new school commitments). The students had meetings with professionals from different fields and learned about different career opportunities. They continued their lessons with the Red Cross volunteers, learning techniques of first aid and doing first aid simulations. Two best students were selected to represent Naples in the annual Project meeting in Ireland.
Una vela per sperare, in collaboration with the Naval League of Naples, consists of practical sailing courses for children from underserved communities in the city. In 2015, 50 children coming from difficult social backgrounds participated in the course.
Napolixenia, a project started in 2012, is aimed at the restructuring of the monumental complex San Nicola Da Tolentino with the intent to launch a bed and breakfast (B&B) in the structure. The yearly occupation rate of the B&B in 2015 was over 60%. The structure gained good word of mouth thanks to the positive reviews received on the commercial websites and social media. The goal is for the B&B to become self-sustainable in 2016.
Along with the B&B activity, it is planned to open a catering and food takeout activity in the kitchen of the same structure. A sponsor is interested in making a donation of over 60,000 euros to be invested in the restructuring and acquisition of specialized kitchen equipment. The food business will focus on the promotion of the local food culture and the local products. It will use biological ingredients and will endorse, along with the traditional plates, balanced menus and conscious nutrition. In 2015, the idea of the food business was implemented with a group of five women from the Sanita district of Naples, all unemployed and coming from difficult social backgrounds. LAltra Napoli presented a project to Vodafone Foundation and won 30,000 euros for the startup. For six months, the women will participate in specialized classes with a nutritionist, an expert in food management, and a Michelin chef learning skills necessary for the launch of the food business. The activity is planned to start in 2016. LAltra Napoli is looking for new possible sponsors willing to invest in the startup.
Lastly, LAltra Napoli is a partner along with other associations, schools, and universities in the Early School Leaders program, aiming to promote academic enrichment activities, career readiness and exploration opportunities and higher education preparation. In 2015, classes were organized in two schools for 30 young adults.