Oct 2, 2019

Getting ready for the new school year

Dear friend,

While our partnering schools were on vacation during the summer, the Step for Bulgaria team was preparing for the upcoming school year.

We’ve been busy recruiting professionals and volunteers who will deliver the next series of career orientation workshops for high-school students from underprivileged communities. We have the support of many of the volunteers involved in last school year's careers workshops and have started building a list of people in different career paths who are willing to join our cause and speak about their job and professional path to the students.

Of course, at the same time we are approaching different schools where there’s a need for the type of support we offer and going through the logistical details with headmasters and teachers.

The team has also been contacting different businesses inviting them to join our effort. Our partnership with two large companies operating in Sofia for the previous series of workshops turned out to be mutually beneficial and very inspiring for students, volunteers and the employees of these companies alike. In this way, we are looking to expand our network of volunteers, and with it, our ability to serve more schools.

All of us are very excited to be able to continue supporting high school students in the new academic year through offering them a richer vision for their future where there are many good opportunities. This is all thanks to you!

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

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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