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Nov 28, 2016

A stand of the Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Dear friends,

 

We are delighted to share with you some recent activities and achievements under our project entitled “Teach life skills to children without parents”.

Firstly, we are happy to inform you that a couple of days ago, a young person called us with a good news: he had found himself a new job! The month before, we had accompanied him to a career forum, where he managed to gathered useful information and contacts in his search for a job. Receiving such news as a result of proper actions and invested efforts was wonderful!

Secondly, we would like to share with you information on a recent initiative of ours: at the time of the “Education 2016: Equal access to education for every child” conference at the University for Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy in Sofia on the 28th and the 29th of October, outside the conference hall, a stand of the Step for Bulgaria Foundation was receiving everyone willing to become familiar with the Foundation’s activities and with its Mentoring programme in particular. The event was hosted by ¨Education 2030¨, the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria and the Teach for Bulgaria Foundation, with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

At the exhibition, as part of the presentation of the Mentoring programme of the Foundation, the guests of the event had the opportunity to share their vision of the Mentor´s personality and of  the most important qualities that a good mentor should have. The answers to the question: “What is a Mentor?” showered our stand during the two-days-conference.

Thank you so much for your contribution! We, the Step for Bulgaria team, are grateful for your support to our project and in that connection, we would like to inform you that tomorrow, the 29th of November, is a #GivingTuesday and GlobalGiving is offering a 50% match on donations up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org! It is a great opportunity to support the cause!

We are most grateful and again, we thank you!

Nov 28, 2016

A coaching skills training course

Dear friends,

 

We are delighted to share with you some news concerning our most recent activities under the Mentoring programme. On our monthly meetings with our volunteers we continue to discuss our day-to-day challenges and new opportunities, that lie before us. In our everyday work we do our best to apply different approaches by which we provide assistance to the young people that we support.

For that reason, we started using some Coaching techniques as a tool, allowing us to support, provide advice and guidance and motivate our young people more effectively. As part of the plan, in October, we conducted a training in Coaching skills for our new volunteers, participating in the Mentoring programme. We taught them some quite useful tips and we showed them a different perspective to everyday problems. We shared thoughts, we laughed and we played games! Sounds good, doesn’t it? After the training, we received positive feedbacks from our volunteers. They were happy to inform us how useful the training was and that shortly after they started applying what they have learned in their practice. All of that made us feel great!

We, the Step for Bulgaria team, are grateful for your support to our project and in that connection, we would like to inform you that tomorrow, the 29th of November, is a #GivingTuesday and GlobalGiving is offering a 50% match on donations up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org! It is a great opportunity to support the cause!

Thank you! We are most grateful!

Sep 12, 2016

Adventurous journey

Dear friends,

We are happy to give you feedback from one of our most recent activities. Our youth and volunteers participated in the first camp – adventurous journey taking place in Bulgaria under the “Award for all” project – another supportive mentoring initiative in which our Step for Bulgaria Foundation is involved. Two of our girls went on this trip in order to discover something new and useful and to conquer their own personal heights.

The journey itself was carried out from the 20th untill the 26th of August, 2016 at the National training centre of the Bulgarian red cross, situated in the village of Lozen. The adventurous journey fostering the adventurous and discovering spirit of the participants represents one of the four main directions of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Bulgaria – one of the leading youth programmes for personal development and achievements. The skills and qualities that the adventurous journey aims to develop in the participants are coping in unfamiliar environment, teamwork, planning and setting of goals.

Some of the participants even went on another hiking experience, which took place before the adventurous journey and oh, yes, it was challenging! Part of them returned soaking wet, others got lost, but managed to find their way back and in the end everything went well. On the final day of the project, the young people presented their experience and everything new that they have learned during that time - survival tips, wild life exploration skills, interpersonal experience and more. The mood was great and it was a very positive and enriching experience for both the young people and the volunteers!

In this regard, we would like to share with you that recently new mentor – young person couples were formed and that now we're in the process of gathering new young people for our projects.


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