Feb 21, 2019

New Challenges

Therapy through theater
Therapy through theater

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year our activities started in February and we have more than 30 participants. During next month our activities are focused on getting to know them and especially get to know their potential. In order to give them the best chance to fulfil that potential, we have to strengthen and expand our psychological department, which will be one of the main challenges and focuses for 2019.

Apart from that, we are continuing our expansion to other institutions and possibly regions in Panama.

Each year we are growing a bigger community of our ex graduates who are willing to stay part of the organisation and helping others, which is one the most exciting activities we have; alumni program and inclusion.

As one of the biggest challenges that our participants face; employment and economic independence, we have decided to "invest" more time in subjects such as giving them tools to find a job, preparation for interviews and to close the cycle, how to thrive in working environment.

And last but not the least, as we promised in our last report, we can proudly say that our graduation and theatre play, made for the first time on a real scene was absolutely the best decision we could have made. Our participants shined and thrived with self-esteem after conquering their fear of stage, talking in front of people and preforming so it is one of the good practices we will continue.

Your TaV team

Graduates 2018
Graduates 2018
Our facilitators
Our facilitators

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Nov 26, 2018

Another great year ending

"A learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future."

Peter Senge

Two years have passed since we joined Global Giving, and during this time we have worked hard to understand and learn how to implement our program in different types of orphanages and substitute homes. We have successfully accompanied 30 young people on their path of self-awareness and preparation for independence. Some of them are soon to be graduates from technical careers and others are discovering what is their vocation. 

This year has served us to learn where do we want to go as organisation, what our limits are and how to overcome them. Starting next year we are taking all those learnings and preparing to support one new institution.

In 2018 we have spent 1000 hours investing in our participants through different activities, more specifically:

  • 276h in Workshops 
  • 229h in Mentoring 
  • 197h in psychological follow-up 
  •  300h on Individual follow-up

We are finishing this beautiful year by preparing a theatre play "The Garden of Friendship" which was chosen by the participants. The play is representing their time in the program where they first had to pass through a path of self discovery in order to be able to create real friendships.

Hopefully we will be able to share the success of the play in the report, until then all the best for the upcoming holidays.

Sincerely yours, 

TaV team

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Aug 31, 2018

Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor

"In 5 years I will be able to rent a room and live alone. Starting to save now, in 10 years I will be eligible to take a loan and buy my own house”. sounds like something simple to achieve in a country with the highest GDP in the central american region. But considering  high social difference classes and that these words were said by an 18-year-old girl, coming from a high social risk area, that has been living all her life in a shelter home and that a year and a half ago, she did not know what she would do in the next two weeks, then the phrase carries more strength and impact.

But this is not all, this young woman did not communicate and obtaining information was an arduous task. A few weeks ago she said this sentence within a 20 minute presentation with her mentor who has accompanied her for the past eight months.

In Transicion a la Vida we strive that our young beneficiaries can move towards a life plan that helps them project themselves in medium and long term and in this way achieve stability that does not lead them to a precocious pregnancy or back to risk. Our mentoring program - EleMentor accompanies our future graduates in preparation for their path after the program.

Our different programs seek to give them all the tools, but without a doubt EleMentor plays a key role, bringing them closer to a "one to one" guide with young adults with whom they can identify. Each mentor goes through a selection process, interviewes, signs a letter of commitment for one year and is assigned to the beneficiary with the closest common interests.

In these meetings they must follow a guide with goals and objectives that can be achieved in a period of time, these measurements are supervised by a psychologist who meets monthly with the mentors to evaluate and make adjustments.

The presentation where we heard this phrase from the beginning, was the rehearsal for what will be the closing of this group in October, having reached 82 hours between:

  • workshops
  • mentor and apprentice meetings
  • mentor and our team meetings

9 beneficiaries presented their progress, the current status of their goals with their mentors who mostly said they won not only an apprentice but a friend and that this would be maintained over time.

EleMentor is an excellent complement to our social reinsertion program because being accompanied by an older, more experienced person that believes in you, builds the confidence our participants need to overcome basic life obstacles.

Sincerely,

Your TAV team

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