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.
Oct 7, 2015

New mentors meet new youths

Hi, dear friends!

It’s been a while since we last reported to you but we have done a great deal of work throughout the summer!

Firstly, we have a new group of mentors. I’m proud to report that once we released the announcement that Step for Bulgaria is looking for new volunteers who to become mentors, there was need to spend few weeks only in interviews with them. We selected the most motivated and experienced people who would be of great help to the youths.

We had a “basis training” with them and a teambuilding. The whole idea behind all this is that we create a group of people who can meet the youngsters’ need and, at the same time, a community of people who work towards the same goal.

Now, almost all of the new people are matched with a youth who they’re helping. For example, one of the youths was looking for a new job, so his mentor showed him how to write a CV and they applied for several jobs. She also showed the boy how to look effectively for a suitable job at the vacancy websites. Another one needed Spanish lessons and we matched her with a Spanish language teacher as a mentor. Also, another girl was afraid that net year they’ll have to present in front of the whole class. Her mentor helped her with preparing a Prezi presentation and some tips for better public speaking. Now she’s less worried about speaking in front of the whole class.

Thank you for making all this possible! You’re great and your help – highly appreciated!

Kind regards,

Gergana

Jul 13, 2015

Our work during the summer + Bonus Day

Hello, hello!

Just a quick update on our work with the mentors throughout the last few weeks! Although it's summer time we haven't stopped working. The monthly meetings with the mentors who are helping unpriviledged youths happen twise per month. What is more - we are running a campaign for new mentors! A lot of people applied and we have already done more than 30 interviews with volunteers who are willing to change the world for an unpriviledged young person! There are more interviews to come and more people are applying. Our volunteers-mentoring-youth campaign was even noticed by Bulgarian media and few radio and TV interviews followed.

The next training for newcomers will take place at the end of this mont.

Thank you for making all of the above possible! Last, but not least, don't forget for the next Bonus Day - don’t forget about the upcoming Bonus Day when Global Giving will be matching your donations Starting at 9:00:01 EDT on Wednesday, July 15th.

Jul 10, 2015

New plans + Bonus Day, July 15th

Hello!

I'm in a great hurry to tell you all the news from the weeks which have just passed. First, we got invited for an interview for one of the most popular TVs in Bulgaria. Everybody was very exited! One of our mentor-mentee couples spoke about our mentoring program – how we match them based on their interests, where they go and how they spend their time together. It seemed like they were born to be on the TV screen!

As I told you in our last report, we organized a workshop for both mentors and mentees where we learned how to stay away from all those ads that make us spend on things we don’t really need. We all see ads every day and everywhere around us so it is essential to be aware of what is reasonable to buy or and what - not. Everyone agreed on that it was a valuable experience and we learned new and helpful tips about saving money.

Another big event was the prom of several of our youths. We are now looking forward to see their university exams' results:)

Also, I want to tell you about our new project. Do you remember the movies project? Well, this time we’re taking our youths to the theatre as we think that their cultural development is very important and we really try to emphasize on that.

Thank you for making all of the above possible! Last, but not least, don’t forget about the upcoming Bonus Day when Global Giving will be matching your donations Starting at 9:00:01 EDT on Wednesday, July 15th.

 

Best wishes,

Gergana

 
   

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