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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May 21, 2018

Steady but sustainable growth

Adelina P.
Adelina P.

 

"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together."

 

                                                                                 James Cash Penney

 

Our first quarter of 2018 has been focused on getting to know new participants and preparing the graduates for their career plan and independ life. At this moment we are counting on 28 participantes from 5 different substitute homes.

 


The focus has been divided between:

 

  • 75h of workshops focusing on subjects as self-esteem, self-awareness, values, creating community between the new participants, how to manage personal finances etc...
  • 80h of individual follow-up where we work on personal plan and focus on strenghtening participants habilities.
  • 50h of psychological accompaniment where we attend specific issues and focus how to resolve problems.

 

Our other focus is screening one new shelter home focused on youth in interior of the country where the access to education is limited. Since the access to the home is also complicated we are planning program implementation for 2019. To progress towards this we have started expaning our team so we could cover human resources needed to expand to more far regions. 

 

Right now we are counting on six facilitatores that are responsible for workshops delivery each saturday and ten mentors that are guiding our participants in their personal and career plan. 

 

In order to keep on promoting education we have changed the venue of our workshops to one university where the participants are exposed to positive, educational environment. By the end of this year our goal is to achieve that 90% of our participants graduates or continues with their higher education.

 

Thank you for beeing there for us second year in row =)

 

Your TaV Team

Participants 2018
Participants 2018

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Feb 20, 2018

The Year of impacting more lives

Allyson L. 1st year student in civil engineering
Allyson L. 1st year student in civil engineering

Genious is in the idea. Impact, however, comes from action.”

As we mentioned in the last report, our 2017 finished with a conclusion that the pilot proyect of implementing our social reinsertion program in two new orphanages has been successful and that we are ready to acompany more girls in their transition of becoming independent young women.
For this year, 17 girls passed the selection process and and they will be mixed in two groups with participants from three other institutions, giving in total 30 participants from 5 different institutions for the year 2018.
A part of the individual evaluations and inital inductions to the program, we have been planning the yearly calendar that will be enriched with additional technical skills such as use of technology, culinary skills, etc... and strenghtening existing modules such as how to manage personal finances, creating carreer plan, professional orientation, etc.. in order to build up their self-esteem even more and give them variety of tools to be independent emotionally and economically.
Each participant will recieve:
  • 300h of workshops
  • 80h of personal mentoring
  • 30h of individual follow up
  • 16h of professional mentoring
  • 15h of psycological assistance  
Actualizing our measurement system, we have concluded that we can create even bigger impact by adding additional "Do it Yourserlf Tasks" in different types of enviroment that our participants face. In order to achieve that we are updating all our workshops and mentoring system.
Our team is very excited to work with so many different profiles and having the challenge of mixing groups, so we can create one big network of friends that can support each other, as for participants, as for our mentors.

This is also the year that our graduates that entered last year will have their university graduation and will step up into the independent working world.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to share our passion,
Your TaV team
Meeting our new participants
Meeting our new participants

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