We are pleased to share with you that already 15 youngsters from four cities in Bulgaria - Sofia, Gabrovo, Berkovitsa and Plovdiv attended different vocational courses. The professional certificates they received will facilitate the process of finding jobs and thus, the transition to independent living after leaving care.
In our youngsters, we see increased motivation and improved self-confidence. All of them start to believe in their personal skills and abilities and show willingness for further professional development.
We would not achieve this without your continuous support! Thank you for your valuable contribution!
We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of our initiatives.
The Step for Bulgaria Team
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!
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.
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.
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