Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Step for Bulgaria is a non-profit organization which aims to support the development of Bulgaria's socially and economically disadvantaged youth, with a focus on children living without parental care. We do this by engaging young people in alternative education and professional orientation activities to develop their life knowledge, practical life and career skills, and personal strengths.
May 9, 2016

Expanding the project

Dear friends,

It's time to share all that has passed through the last two months. And it's a lot! Since we were chosen for Project of the month, we managed to expand our activities to two smaller towns. 

In the town of Kostenets we now work individually with 5 youths and managed to bring to an Engineering fair in Sofia 20 youths. At school they study engenerial subjects and were quite interested to see what big engineering companies can offer them. One of their teachers said that "each trip out of the small town opens their eyes". With the 5 that we work individually with we talk about their future jobs, life goals, university career. We also did some sports together.

Also, we started working with several youths from a small town near Sofia - Gorna Malina. The young people there are very interested into and confused about their future university careers. We speak with them what different proffesionals do, help them reaserach what is needed to become professional in a certain area and discuss what are the perspectives. We visited a lecture called "What is journalism - myths and reality" and an event where many universities were presented. We also went together to a job fair so that the youths could ask questions about their CVs, job applications, requirements for different jobs. 

Finally, we organized a joint event for youths and volunteers. We presented them a new program that helps young people develop their skills in different areas and at the end they even get an award (the Duke of Edinburg's International Award). Together we learned how to fold origami, dance some traditional danses and what to do when we go camping and have to sleep in a tent. It was fun!

Dear friends, thank you for making all this possible! We wouldn't be able to help our community without you!

Best,

Gergana 

Apr 4, 2016

New volunteers' group!

Dear friends,

I'm  very happy to share with you great news - during the last month we launched a campaign for hiring new mentors! It was a great success and seems like more and more people are willing to volunteer and help youth. We held many interview with candidates and selected a group of 20 enthusiasts who meet our criteria and will support our youth as mentors. The campaign was part of a local volunteer platform and was so interesting and valuable for the volunteers that the training even received some support from the platform.

I'm actually just caming back from their first training. Trust me, these people are great! During two days we discussed how to work with youths who have no parents, how to be good mentors, how to listen and communicate effectively, how to react in different situations. They were full of ideas and good questions! 

Now they are eager to start meeting young people in need and support them in their career seeking, homework doing and responsability taking. Let's wish them good luck! Thanks to your help we managed to give them some extra reading materials, books about unpriviledged youth and, of couse, certificates showing that they are now able to support youth without parents in an adecuate way!

Thank you for trusting in our cause and helping make this possible!

Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Feb 10, 2016

We have been selected for Project of the Month

Dear friends,

We have great news to share with you! Our project Teach life skills to children without parents has been selected for GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month. Our team was delighted to hear the good news! This means that this February GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club members will be supporting this project. The project you have been supporting throughout the years! The project in which you’re part of the team! You can see it here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-of-the-month-club/updates/

We already have plans how to expand our activities so that we can also include youths from smaller towns in Bulgaria. We plan to take 10 young people from a school in Kostenets, Bulgaria to a technical education fair in Sofia. Also, we can include 5-10 more youths from a close village where they lack opportunities for personal development.

We also want to tell you about the last event we organized for our youths – another Boarding games session! The first week of February was mid-term holiday in Bulgaria and schools were closed. So, we arranged for the youths to spend some quality time playing and learning about goal setting, effective communication, team play (and geography). They enjoyed this session a lot and we were pleased to see that they have team spirit:)

Thank you for all your help! When we see that other people believe in our cause we know that our efforts are worth it! 

Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Project manager

 
   

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