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.
May 29, 2013

New website

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce that we have developed a new website, which aims to give you more information on our activities.

We have featured our current and previous projects, activities, as well as various ways in which you can help us spread the impact. It will be constantly updated, so that you can have a closer look to our accomplishments and the challenges we are facing.

We hope that you will like it! Please do not hesitate to give us any feedback or recommendations!

Thank you for your constant support!

Warm regards,

The Step for Bulgaria Team

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Apr 5, 2013

Spring Academy 2013

 

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that 35 youngsters from Sofia, BerkovitsaGabrovo and Gorna Malina took part in our Spring Academy in the beginning of April 2013! During the unforgettable four days we laughed a lot, learned a lot and we are now ready to face new challenges!

The aim of the program was to help the social integration of young people in the world outside of school and the foster care, to develop their abilities to adapt and to face new situations. The adventures and challenges in nature helped the group to become a team and  to function effectively. The participants went through different stages of the process: from the creation of the communication rules of the group and the distribution of roles in building trust between them.

The goals:
  • Teamwork and efficiency
  • Communication skills 
  • Tolerance
  • Exciting new friendships
  • Personal development and self-knowledge 
  • Leadership qualities

The method:

Practices and activities based on experiential education (learning by experience). The method involves  various communication models  supporting active communication capabilities needed by young people for the future in life. 

Expected benefits for the participants:
  • Training and support for young people to enter life through the development of personal potential and  tolerance for diversity
  • Developing  their creativity, their ability to build trust and concern for people and nature
  • Young people understand others, learn to respect differences and get more confident about the changes and challenges of life
  • Building of positive role models
  • Self-awareness and personal development in a different environment 
  • Development of leadership capabilities
In order to achieve our goals, we used  real challenges, party games and  expedition orientation with map and compass. These methods focus on building confidence in their own capabilities, tolerance, mutual assistance, striving for leadership, responsibility, achievement of their objectives and respect for nature.

The program included many discussions on topics such as teamwork, common problems, tolerance, positive communication,leadership and empathy. They helped the participants to reflect on their experience and to see how to apply it in life.

Check our photos and fee the energy coming out of them! Thank you for making this possible and for bringing smiles on our faces!

Best wishes,
The Step for Bulgaria Team

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

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