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Nov 13, 2017

Career workshops in 4 secondary schools in October!

Career workshop in 40 SU Louis Pasteur
Career workshop in 40 SU Louis Pasteur

Dear all,

 

There are many things that we would like to share with you! In October, we conducted four career workshops in 4 different schools - three in Sofia and one in the town of Kostinbrod. It is the first time that the Step for Bulgaria Foundation enters into partnerships with schools with the aim to organize and conduct such workshops. What we hope to accomplish is to establish long-lasting ties with high schools visited by a higher number of disadvantaged youths. Our career workshops are the first step in our efforts to identify and start working with students from these schools who would benefit from the services, trainings, workshops, etc. that we provide.

 

The purpose of our workshops was to meet young people aged between 13 and 18 years with successful professionals from various fields. During the workshops they told the students how they had chosen their career path and what motivates them in their daily work. After their presentations the students had the opportunity to meet them in person and to ask them questions related to their future academic and career development. The students took part in various educational and recreational games, jointly prepared by the volunteers and the Foundation’s team. The various areas, presented by the volunteers, were  information technology, entrepreneurship, law, economics, journalism, education and educational technologies, architecture, engineering, fashion industry, logistics etc. As a result of the career motivation workshops, we were able to identify underprivileged youths among the students and to make them familiar with our mission and activities. Following our last career workshop, a half-orphan senior will begin working for an IT company after having a conversation with one of our volunteers working in the same company. During the workshops, several more students from the four schools exchanged contacts with professionals who promised to give them further career guidance.

 

We also met wonderful people, willing to share their knowledge, experience and point of view with the youths. One of our volunteers - Vellina - a kind and chatty young woman who took part in two of our career workshops, really got the attention of the students by telling them that back in her school years she had been expelled four times from four different schools because of her bad discipline and that in the end she graduated with honors. Now, she is the head of a Sunday school and the founder of the initiative “Rescue an icon”, helping sick children by restoring and selling icons. Another one of our volunteers - Pavel, who runs a design agency - shared with the students how his motivation to follow his own career path and do the things he is passionate about gave him the chance to travel the world and work with different artists.

 

It was a pleasure for us to organize the career workshops: we learned a lot in the process and met many interesting people willing to cooperate with us and, most importantly, we reached children and young people whom we can help!  We are very grateful for the brilliant work of our volunteers, as well as to the administration of the four schools. We will be glad to keep you informed about the development of our future workshops and other related initiatives and activities. The next workshop format, that we are planning to conduct in these schools, will be for career orientation, which is one step further.

 

We would like to thank you, our great supporters for your contribution to our cause!

 

Best regards,

 

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Career workshop in SU "Doctor Peter Beron"
Career workshop in SU "Doctor Peter Beron"
Career workshop in 97 SU "Miladinovi brothers"
Career workshop in 97 SU "Miladinovi brothers"
Career workshop in 90 SU "Jose de San Martin"
Career workshop in 90 SU "Jose de San Martin"
Nov 13, 2017

Three new mentoring pairs!

Dobrina and Svetoslava walking in the park
Dobrina and Svetoslava walking in the park

Dear all,

 

We would like to share with you some news related to our mentoring program! Recently, we managed to form three new mentoring pairs (between mentors and youths). The first youth, that we connected with a mentor is the 23-year-old Andrey. Until recently, he was unemployed and was looking for a job. Actually, it was harder than usual for him to find a job, because he had lost some of the documents that he needed in order to get started. With the help of his new mentor Plamena, he managed to issue the necessary documents and started working in a warehouse. Andrey has interest in the field of journalism and, apart from Plamena, we also linked him with another volunteer who works as a television broadcaster. Now he would receive some professional guidance and advice.

 

Svetoslava is another youth with whom we have been working for several months. She is 17 years old and is deprived of parental care. She is in a strained relationship with her grandmother with whom she lived until recently. At the moment, Svetoslava lives alone, pays a rent and works in a supermarket. Recently, the Foundation’s team and our mentor, Dobrina, we have joined forces to persuade Svetoslava to continue going to school and return to live with her grandmother. Unfortunately, she did not agree to continue her education for the moment, but preferred to stay on her own. We continue to work on Svetoslava's case and hope that she will return to school next year, as she assured us in the course of our last conversation.

 

Yordan is the third youth that we would like to tell you about. He is a 16 years old school student who loves to draw and is very talented! Yordan is the eldest of three children in his family and is in a difficult family environment because of his father’s illness, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. We met Yordan with a mentor named Alexander who works as an architect.  Alexander linked him to a friend of his who will give him free lessons in some sort of drawing software. We are so happy for Yordan and that he receives this wonderful opportunity to further develop his talent!

 

We will continue supporting underprivileged youths in their daily needs. We will also continue our search for new youths in need of our assistance, as well as with the forming of new mentoring pairs. Thank you so much for your support! We will continue to inform you of our progress!

 

Best regards,

 

The Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Aug 25, 2017

Two new workshops and new additions to our Mentoring program

One of the schools located in Kostinbrod
One of the schools located in Kostinbrod

Greetings from the Step for Bulgaria Foundation! We are happy to inform you that our Mentoring program continues to develop and that the number of the participants in it also grows. Recently, another underprivileged youth has become part of our community. In July 17-years old Svetoslava contacted the Foundation with a request to receive mentoring support in finding a new job and for extra-curricular activities. Because of her working commitment, Svetoslava was lagging at school, so she wanted to catch up in some of her school subjects.  She turned to us after she had to take some resits.  We met her with two of our mentors - Gergana and Dobrina. Gergana will help Svetodlava in her Spanish lessons during the new school year, while Dobrina will prepare her for her Bulgarian language lessons. Meanwhile, the girl managed to find a new job, and now she is going to combine her with her lessons.

The other good news that we would like to share with you is that in September we plan to organize two career development workshops for the students of two secondary schools ­– one in Sofia and one outside the capital. We would like to meet the youths who study there with inspiring professionals from different fields. They will tell them more about their work and will discuss with them what does their job require in terms of mind-set, skills, knowledge and experience.   This will help them become better acquainted with the different professions and follow a career path that meets their interests, aspirations and ambitions.

We hope that pretty soon, as a result of the two career development workshops, we will have more good news for you. We will continue to share with you the dreams and achievements of our youths, as well as the future activities that we plan and their results. Thank you so much for being a part of our success stories!

 

Best regards,

The Step for Bulgaria Team

 
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