Nov 3, 2020

Digital Career counceling for at-risk teenegers

Virtual guest in classroom
Virtual guest in classroom

For most of the teenagers we work with, remote digital communication and interaction are new and unfamiliar opportunities. The limited financial, technological and social opportunities of the families in which the young people grow up, predetermines that they have habits only for face-to-face communication.

The global changes that are taking place put teenagers at risk of an even greater danger of social isolation and a serious lag in the acquisition of technological knowledge and skills. That is why in August and September we organize a Digital Summer School for acquiring competencies. In it, young people had the opportunity to develop technological skills to work with google drive and various google apps. They gained attitudes for remote communication with volunteers via email, phone and zoom. Each of the young people implements a project related to the acquisition of professional skills important for the 21st century such as goal setting and planning, decision making, assertiveness, critical thinking, self-confidence and the ability to present yourself.

 

Digital Career Counseling at school

During the current school year, the career workshops continue in digital format. This allows us to work with students more often and now our meetings are weekly. This allows students to meet more volunteers and hear about their career path.

Another advantage of distance education is that it provides an opportunity for us to reach smaller and more remote areas in Bulgaria. We really want the foundation to be able to expand its activities and actually reach more remote settlements. That is why we need a resource from another person to coordinate and implement the activity of attracting new schools, new volunteers and work with students. We believe that your donations will give us this opportunity. Thank you in advance.

 

Presentation of working case
Presentation of working case
Jul 20, 2020

Successful completion of the mentoring program

All young people love to play video games, but how many of them have the opportunity to see in practice how to create a video game?

As you know, during the last school term, we managed to connect 5 students from the small town of Novi Iskar with mentors from a leading Bulgarian game development company. This gave students the opportunity to learn how diverse activities are related to game development, maintenance and publishing - game design, graphic design, user experience, sound, music, story and plot, customer support, publishing and distribution of ready-made games.

Depending on the personal interests of the students, they were given individual tasks in the fields of graphic design, game design or business development. They acquired knowledge to work with various technological devices and specialized programs. They practiced reviewing games and marketing posts.

One of the main lessons that the collaboration between students and mentors gave is the knowledge that game development, as in other business areas, is a long complex process that requires time and many stages of development. For the creation and successful implementation of a project it is necessary to build a comprehensive plan.

Setting realistic goals, breaking down large tasks into smaller ones are other valuable lessons that students had the opportunity to learn.

 

We are excited and look forward to the next school year so that young people, mentors and us as facilitators can apply what we have learned in new interesting practical tasks.




Jul 9, 2020

The success of learning in a virtual environment

Support and encouragement, exciting meetings with volunteers and learning by playing in a virtual environment. We report new skills, new knowledge, new feelings and attitude towards the world at the end of the school year. A school year that was even more challenging for the students we work with. Most of them did not have any experience in working with mobile devices, did not have a personal email and did not navigate in a virtual environment.

 

During the last three months of distance education, we had the opportunity to work in groups with 5 classes from 3 schools and to attract 12 students for individual virtual meetings. According to the needs of the students, we implemented several programs:

 

Program for orientation and work in an online environment.  In a series of workshops, students had the opportunity to learn about the possibilities of working in a virtual room. They learned how to create, edit and share files. They got acquainted with online resources for creating visual content, creating opinion polls. We are proud to say that the students have gained confidence that they can work in a digital environment and have the attitude to use it to "get out" of the small community in which they live.

 

Program of career workshops for meetings with volunteers from different professions.  In the virtual classrooms, students had the opportunity to meet professionals from 6 different companies. In these meetings, students gained more knowledge about the professions as Digital marketing manager and Virtual training specialist.

The volunteers shared their experience of working remotely and discussed with the students the skills needed to work in an online environment.

In the meetings with volunteers from the advertising and manufacturing sectors, the students discussed opportunities and mechanisms for business development in times of crisis.

 

Simulation of remote selection process. 12 of the students we work with showed courage and went through the challenging stages of a simulated selection process. They took part in filling in an online application form, solving online personality assessment tests, answering questions "What are your weaknesses", "Tell me about a challenge you have overcome", "What is your success you are most proud of" and in the fourth stage - they participated in a role play for professional skills assessment. The students shared that they are grateful to themselves that they dared to participate in this challenge and that they feel more confident in themselves and in their readiness to appear for a real job interview.

 

Program of remote workshops for development of professional skills. How to express clearly and precisely, what active listening is. How to state your opinion in an assertive way. How to structure an email, how to start a professional phone conversation. What is the role of personal values in choosing a professional path and setting personal goals. These were some of the topics we practiced with the students using non-formal learning methods. As a result of this program we share the opinion of students "It is wonderful to learn new different things", "It is important to learn throughout our lives, especially by solving practical cases”

 
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