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Mar 25, 2019

Now Collaborating w/ Career Orientation Workshops!

Dear friend,

Thank you for your support!

We're happy to report that we are currently in the process of launching a new cohort of mentor - mentee couples, building on our efforts to support students from an underprivileged community in the outskirts of Sofia through career workshops. With your help, we’ve been able to meet with over 60 students from this area and introduce to them the opportunity of working with a mentor toward achieving their goals. Within the next month, we expect to have established at least 10 mentor-mentee pairs and to have conducted introductory meetings for all of them. We are excited to follow their progress and share with you stories about the impact on our students as a result of the support and guidance their mentor provides.

We have decided to provide with an individual mentor (a volunteer working at one of our partner companies) a number of high-school students - a self-selected group of students who recognize the need for additional support for their personal growth and future education and 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.

After the first two career workshops targeting over 60 students in our partner high school, we are in the process of collecting applications from students interested in working with a mentor. The mentor's role is to help the student set individual goals related to succeeding in school, choose an area for continuing their education or finding a job. Of course, our mentors also support the students with advice, experience and actual tools for development of new relevant skills and knowledge

While we have run a mentorship program for years, this is the first time that we are implementing it together with our career orientation program, which works with a larger group of students to give them access to information and skills related to planning their path beyond completing high school. We are doing this in order to provide more holistic and in-depth support for youth who demonstrate a sufficient level of self-awareness and commitment to self-development and growth. This way we can fully employ the capacities and dedication of our volunteers who are all successful professionals employed by established companies in Bulgaria.

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

Mar 25, 2019

New Season of Career Orientation Workshops Started

Volunteers discuss career paths with students
Volunteers discuss career paths with students

Dear friend,

Thank you for your support!

With your help, we’ve been able to launch the new season of Career Orientation Workshops for high-school students from underprivileged communities with a new group of professional volunteers from two partnering companies. In the past month, two workshops have already taken place with positive feedback from students and volunteers alike.

Over 20 volunteers from various professional backgrounds (from human resources management and development to finances and accounting, logistics and IT services) will be working with over 60 students in grades 10-12 (junior through senior year in high school) over the current school term to give them access to information and skills related to planning their path beyond completing high school.

The students are attending a public high school in a small town just outside of Sofia. Most of them come from low income families and have a rather limited perspective about their future education and career options, demonstrate low self esteem and a rather fixed mindset about their capabilities to be successful beyond the scarce number and variety of role models they see in their closed community.

The volunteers will be leading bi-weekly workshops on topics ranging from how they picked their careers and found the right organization to work for, to what they learned from failing and not giving up to how to prepare successfully for a job interview. Their key role is to inspire the students with their personal stories of finding happiness and success through trying out new things, being curious, working hard, clarifying one's true priorities and passions and never giving up in the pursuit of one's own path and calling.

Stay tuned for our future updates in which we hope to be able to share how the students' thinking and ideas about their future evolve as a result of the workshops and our volunteers’ personal example. We are all excited to see these young people gain more confidence and better information about their future choices and ways to define and meet their goals.

With gratitude,

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team

Dec 26, 2018

New weve 2

We continue to build new structures from volunteer mentors. We also expand the reach of schools and settlements where career development workshops will be held. In the last quarter the high school in the town of Kostinbrod took part in a program.
We trained the new wave of mentors on 18/12/2018 in the company of Cargill Bulgaria.
The new volunteer-mentors will be committed to two classes, young people who graduate high school.
Young people from the last grades of their secondary education will get a great opportunity to get acquainted with mentors - volunteers with different professions. They will have the opportunity to touch on the actual application of the respective professions through internships provided by the partner companies.

 
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