Oct 13, 2010

Progress report on Teach Life skills

Dear supporters, 

We're soon starting a new season of our life-skills training program for youth, living without parents in social care institutions. We'll be working in Sofia, Berkovitsa, Plovdiv and Varna this year - with about 40 teenagers, to teach them skills related to psychological awareness and development, effective communication, conflict resolution, defending one's human rights, taking care of one's body and health, and practicing essential professional skills that are needed for anyone planning to work with others successfully. 

Last year - the 2009/2010 edition of the program finished on May 30 - we observed great results in the increased motivation of the students that we work with to master the skills taught, to work with each other, and most importantly - to demonstrate and apply what they have learned. At the closing ceremony of the event, we had all 35 participants both present pre-prepared projects, works and presentations to a big audience and improvise on the spot in order to successfully design and deliver a creative presentation on a challenging topic as part of a team that they've never worked with before. During the event, we had a contest with mixed teams of students from different cities, who had to convince the audience that the conventional plastic straw can be useful in many ways - ranging from serving as a fashion accessory to being used in constructing buildings. A jury of 5 professionals from various fields assessed the different presentations and selected a winner. 

The most motivated and dedicated students, who never missed a class and consistently demonstrated their desire to learn in the training sessions, were invited to participate in the STEP 2010 Summer Academy which took place in the end of August. 

This year, starting in just a few weeks, we have prepared diligently the various topics that we'll be working with our students on. We have a sample trainer's manual, ready to be shared with volunteers and representatives of other organizations who would like to teach life skills to the youth they work with. As a completely volunteer-run organization, we recognize that we cannot serve all youth that need our support, so we've decided to use innovative ways to share our know-how and experience. Apart from having the trainer's manual, we have also set-up a new train-the-trainer program, called Trainer's Pact "Step in the Future", in order to meet other enthusiastic people working with underprivileged youth and learn together how to be more effective in preparing this youth for their independent life. 

We'll keep you posted on how the start of this year's Step in the Future life skills training program goes. Thank you all for the amazing support you offer and for following our progress! If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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Jul 22, 2010

STEP Bulgaria Summer Academy Progress report

Progress of the Project 'Teach life skills to children without parents' Thanks to our supporters the preparation of Summer Academy as a part of the 'Teach life skills to children without parents' project is on its way! Between August 22nd and September 4th, 40 children without parents will take part in the educational sessions near Varna, Bulgaria. We have already selected all young participants as well as 16 volunteers (6 international and 10 Bulgarians) who will be teaching English and computer literacy, mentoring the student entrepreneurship groups and conducting creativity and sports workshops during the two weeks. In addition, we have various external coaches and professionals who'll be visiting the Academy, including: yoga professionals from the Bulgarian Yoga Association, personal development coaches from University of the 21st century and Art of Living, budgeting and financial skills trainer, survival skills trainers. The Summer Academy's curriculum is almost finalized by now. It covers three main aspects of personal and professional development: 1. Practical professional skills: the Academy features daily classes in English and computer skills as well as individual career orientation coaching sessions.

2. Entrepreneurship: all the children work in groups of 5 to 8 people, to develop their entrepreneurship projects during the 2 weeks of the Academy. The interactive activities, along with specific trainings by professionals, help the young participants business development, product creation and project management basics, such as teamwork, planning, public speaking, and positive thinking.

3. Personal skills development: various creative and sports workshops allow the children identify new interests, passions and talents.

The 3000 GBP raised by now for the project with the assistance of GlobalGiving will be use to cover expenses for housing, meals and transportation for the children for the two weeks period of the Summer Academy. The total participation expense for one child is ~200 GBP. With the GG funding already collected, we can now cover fully the expenses of 15 out of the 40 children. This is great success and we thank you full-heartedly for your generous support! We would like to express our gratitude to our supporters and to kindly ask you for any suggestions and opinions about our project. We would deeply appreciate your comments as we believe that together we can find better ways to help Bulgarian children without parents.

Jul 7, 2010

Progress report June 2010

Progress of the Project 'Teach life skills to children without parents'

Thanks to our supporters the preparation of Summer Academy as a part of the 'Teach life skills to children without parents' project is on its way! Between August 22nd and September 4th, 40 children without parents will take part in the educational sessions near Varna, Bulgaria. We have already selected all young participants as well as 16 volunteers (6 international and 10 Bulgarians) who will be teaching English and computer literacy, mentoring the student entrepreneurship groups and conducting creativity and sports workshops during the two weeks. In addition, we have various external coaches and professionals who'll be visiting the Academy, including: yoga professionals from the Bulgarian Yoga Association, personal development coaches from University of the 21st century and Art of Living, budgeting and financial skills trainer, survival skills trainers.

The Summer Academy's curriculum is almost finalized by now. It covers three main aspects of personal and professional development:

1. Practical professional skills: the Academy features daily classes in English and computer skills as well as individual career orientation coaching sessions.

2. Entrepreneurship: all the children work in groups of 5 to 8 people, to develop their entrepreneurship projects during the 2 weeks of the Academy. The interactive activities, along with specific trainings by professionals, help the young participants business development, product creation and project management basics, such as teamwork, planning, public speaking, and positive thinking.

3. Personal skills development: various creative and sports workshops allow the children identify new interests, passions and talents.

The 3000 GBP raised by now for the project with the assistance of GlobalGiving will be use to cover expenses for housing, meals and transportation for the children for the two weeks period of the Summer Academy. The total participation expense for one child is ~200 GBP. With the GG funding already collected, we can now cover fully the expenses of 15 out of the 40 children. This is great success and we thank you full-heartedly for your generous support!

We would like to express our gratitude to our supporters and to kindly ask you for any suggestions and opinions about our project. We would deeply appreciate your comments as we believe that together we can find better ways to help Bulgarian children without parents.

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