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Oct 2, 2019

Summer is another opportunity for our mentees to progress

Dear friend,

Thank you for your continued support!

While the summer is a slow season for many activities (except those that involve tourism), our two mentor-mentee pairs have continued their work together. Our mentors’ main focus is understanding the unique affinities and abilities of their mentee and helping them identify suitable goals based on this. The mentor is then, of course, tracking their mentee’s progress, coaching as needed and playing the role of an accountability buddy.

While there aren’t big news to report, we’re happy that our mentees spent the summer starting new, be it small initiatives, and staying on track pursuing their goals.

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

Jul 1, 2019

Two new active mentor-mentee pairs established!

Dear friend,

Thank you for your continuous support. The funds raised by supporters like you helped us train two new mentors and establish two mentor-mentee pairs, who’ve had several sessions already since our last report.

Discovering girls and boys living outside institutions but without adequate parental care poses a significant challenge as there is no straightforward way to identify such youth. On the outside, they live a life similar to any other schoolchild. What environment they have at home and whether there is a parent there is something often only their closest friends know. Even when we meet such young people, for us to be able to work together, they need to recognize a need for additional support for their personal growth, education or career preparation. To ensure long-term results, we are looking for students who are willing to put time and effort into learning and receiving guidance from their mentor.

We tackled these issues by leveraging the relationship we’ve established through our career workshops with a school serving an underprivileged community in the outskirts of Sofia. This is how we met the two students who are now working with our mentors Emil and Miroslava. One of the pairs is working on preparing the student to apply to university as she will graduate next year. The other pair is working through the key priorities of the student and towards choosing the right goal to pursue. We will follow their progress and continue to share how they are doing in our next reports.

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

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Jul 1, 2019

Helping them plan their path beyond high school

Dear friend,

Thanks to your support, the 2018-2019 school year Career Orientation Workshops for high-school students from underprivileged communities have finished successfully and with a positive outlook for the future. Our volunteers from two partnering companies delivered 11 workshops for the students attending a public high school just outside of Sofia.

Over 20 volunteers from various professional backgrounds (from human resources management and development to finances and accounting, logistics and IT services) were meeting with over 60 students in grades 9-11 (sophomore and junior year in high school) during the school year to give them access to information and skills related to planning their path beyond completing high school.

Most of the students come from low income families and have a rather limited perspective about their future education and career options. The workshops were focused on unveiling a variety of unfamiliar opportunities the students could take advantage of, working towards expanding their worldview and gaining a different, positive perception of their own capabilities. The topics ranged from how to pick a careers and find the right organization to work for, to how to prepare successfully for a job interview, though the volunteers were flexible to discuss topics brought up by the students in the process. The key role of the volunteers was to inspire the students with their personal stories.

As a consequence of these workshops, two girls from the students we met with joined our mentorship program and have started having regular one-to-one sessions with two of our mentors.

As an organization, we are also pleased to have received valuable feedback from our partners at the school about ways to make the initiative even more valuable to their students We take it as a sign that there is will to continue our partnership in the upcoming school year as well and build on what we’ve achieved so far. 

We are all excited to see the young people we’ve met gain more confidence and acquire information about their future choices and ways to define and meet their goals. We hope we will be able to continue working with them in the next academic year as well.

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

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