The Mentoring Program gives the chance to build a strong relationship between an underprivileged youth and a professional, who can provide advices and support the youth in their first steps in real life. A relationship with non-parental adult influences positively the youths' perception of self-worth and competence. The Program consists of training and preparation of the mentors; building a support network of volunteers and professionals, as well as individual goal setting and follow up.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Bulgarian underprivileged youth face many problems in terms of social and economic integration. The institutions or their families can't provide them with the needed attention in order to fully develop their potential. As a result, the youth lack self-confidence and motivation. They are not prepared to face the challenges of real life. They need positive role models and friendships in order to be able to become an active part of our society.
How will this project solve this problem?
A relationship with non-parental adult influences positively the youths' perception of self-worth and competence, promotes resiliency and helps them be better suited to benefit from the support of their parents and providers.
Potential Long Term Impact
Mentoring is especially important for at-risk youth, whose environment provides a limited number of positive role models. As 40% of teenager's waking hours are spent without supervision or companionship, the engagement with a mentor provides a valuable place for teens to spend their free time and keep them away from destructive behaviour.
Total Funding Received to Date: $18,612
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,388
Total Funding Goal: $25,000