Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Step for Bulgaria is a non-profit organization which aims to support the development of Bulgaria's socially and economically disadvantaged youth, with a focus on children living without parental care. We do this by engaging young people in alternative education and professional orientation activities to develop their life knowledge, practical life and career skills, and personal strengths.
Mar 7, 2013

Teaching Life Skills Updates

Dear friends,

The New Year started with new challenges, ideas and a great deal of passion for the team of Step for Bulgaria. It is a great pleasure to introduce myself- my name is Anna and I am the new Program Director of Step for Bulgaria. I am going to help in shaping the new strategy of the organisation and achieving even better results for the youth from the foster care homes.

We are continuing our efforts in trying to help the participants in the program with specific skills and know- how that will help them in pursuing their dreams- either continuing their education or finding a job. Several participants are still having their driving license courses and are expecting to have their final examinations. A couple of participants are focusing on Bulgarian Language and Literature and one girl is just starting classes in Spanish in order to prepare for a traineeship in Spain next year.

Also, we are preparing for a Leadership Skills retreat that will happen in the end of March and beginning of April. The goal of the retreat is for the participants to develop leadership skill and to work in a team, while challenging themselves and participating in various outdoor activities. We will update you with photos and materials from the retreat.

Furthermore, we are focusing our efforts on shaping our future approach and developing a mentoring model that will foster the relationships between the volunteers and the youth. This will help the participants in the program to be successful in the chosen area of development. We will update with further plans and in the meanwhile, do not hesitate to give us your feedback and suggestions.

Thank you for the continuous support. We would not achieve this without your valuable support!

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and new initiatives.

Best,

The Step for Bulgaria Team

Dec 11, 2012

Teaching Life Skills

Dear friends,

Towards the end of 2012, Step for Bulgaria is closing the year with new thoughts and approaches to helping youth from foster care homes.

Most of the participants in the program are growing older and becoming more focused in their career and life aspirations. Thus, we have been trying to help them the specific skills each one of them needs to be successful in the chosen are of development.

For example, one participant from Plovdiv wants to earn an Engineering Degree and we secured him individual lessons in specific subject areas that will prepare him for the entrance exams of his chosen university. Another couple of participants from Sofia will focus on preparing for the Bulgarian Language and Literature. Several participants have started their driving license courses – a skill required for many careers here in Bulgaria.

Furthermore, we are realizing the power of mentorship and have been working on creating stronger relationships between participants and volunteers.

Our Gabrovo participants are preparing a Christmas celebration to celebrate the year and all that we have done together.

We are also starting to prepare for a Leadership Skills retreat that will happen in Spring 2013. The goal of the retreat will be for the participants to develop leadership skills in the context of outdoor activities. We will update you with further plans.

Thank you again for supporting us! We welcome any suggestions and feedback.

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and exciting new developments.

Best,

The Step for Bulgaria Team

Apr 18, 2012

Life Skills Program April 2012 Update

Dear friends,


We are more than halfway through our academic year and life skills program. As noted in earlier reports, this year we took action to close the gaps in academic skills mostly all children have in the homes we work with. In
December we managed to recruit the help of several very motivated and devoted young men and women whose mission is to help our participating youths in subjects like mathematics, English and Bulgarian. In January
our new volunteers started working with the children and we are glad to report that the number of participating youths from the orphanages we work with, has been increasing - if we started with 3-5 youth in some places, now we have 6-10 attending classes.

We've also seen very significant results in terms of academic achievement especially for those youth who are preparing to enter university. Two of our oldest trainees (one is 22 and the other 25) have recently passed successfully their university entry exams. We're very proud of their achievement that shows all the hard work our volunteer Niki put into working with them is paying off manyfold!


In the past three months our discussion topics with the children were centered around caring for one's health. We had some guest speakers who spoke about dental care, STDs and psychological disorders. These are usually on the top of the list of most interesting topics to talk about. As in previous years, we had great turnout and very lively
discussions.

From here, we are moving on with our life skills program toward the management module where we discuss topics like budgeting, time planning, soft skill and career planning.


We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and exciting new developments.


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