Fast-Track Career Development for At-Risk Youths

by Step for Bulgaria Foundation Vetted since 2010 Project of the Month Site Visit Verified

Summary

We engage volunteers from the local community to provide 1-to-1 career education and skills development for at-risk teenagers in Bulgaria. This includes youths without parents, from minority groups, from impoverished and geographically disadvantaged situations with limited to no access to professional development resources. Long-term career mentoring empowers the youths to live independently and break the cycle of poverty in their families and communities.

$12,000
total goal
$9,646
remaining
13
donors
4
monthly donors
10
months

Challenge

According to the National Statistical Institute, 1 out of 5 (18.2%) Bulgarians aged between 15 and 24 was neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET) at the start of 2017. As per Step for Bulgaria Foundation's 10+ years of experience, the ratio of NEETs among disadvantaged youths is still higher, as is the need for employment. Without intervention, the percentage is set to keep rising and further the cycle of poverty for future generations.

Solution

Step for Bulgaria engages professionals from the local communities as volunteers to provide long-term career development opportunities for youths who are less likely to advance into adulthood as successful and financially independent individuals. We show the youths on their way to self-reliance by pairing them with individual mentors to guide them in their professional development as well as by empowering them in our summer motivational boot camp and our year-long program of career workshops.

Long-Term Impact

The project will jump-start the career development of 400 at-risk high schoolers, allowing them to transition into adulthood successfully and to prosper on equal footing with the rest of Bulgaria's youths. Upon successful piloting, Step for Bulgaria will scale the project to reach twice the number of teenagers from select high schools serving disproportionately at-risk students. Long-term, we aim to make the project part of the high school curriculum, enabling career development for every youth.

Resources

http:/​/​www.stepforbulgaria.org
Our website
Our Facebook group

Organization Information

Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
Website: http:/​/​www.stepforbulgaria.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Step Bulgaria
Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria
$2,354 raised of $12,000 goal
 
25 donations
$9,646 to go
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