Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society

by Transicion a la Vida
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Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society
The future professionals of Panama
The future professionals of Panama

2020 can be summarized as the year of the challenges. With the arrival of Covid-19 we faced two biggest challenges so far: a new, virtual way of operating and delivering the program, as well as the impact on the budget. Part of these adjustments consisted of providing beneficiaries with electronic equipment, data and / or connectivity to be able to attend the virtual workshops and support them in fulfilling their virtual academic assignments.

We have managed to graduate our 2nd year participants and open one new group that received the program virtually from the start. We see differences in participants progress but we will know more exact results at the end of 2021 when a group completes the whole program online.

One of our top priorities for this year is working on self-sustainability projects that will give us more economic independence, such as giving professional orientation which will directly go to scholarships for those that can’t afford it. School for parents where we will teach what we know the best, working with adolescents and their transition to being young adults. 

We are also very excited to share a book that consists from life stories that our participants lived and wrote. This is a result of many hours of therapy through art and writing modules of the program.

Right now, we are in recruitment process so by the next report we will be able to share more about our new stories :)

Thank you for staying with us for the last 4 years!
Your Tav Team

2020 sum up
2020 sum up
Our ex graduates supporting new participants
Our ex graduates supporting new participants

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Zoom meetings
Zoom meetings

For most of us, these days our homes are the new offices, Zoom space is the new meeting room. Some love it, others feel less efficient, but the fact is that we have the access to the technology and the infrastructure to do it. 

Most of our participants are from underprivileged communities and their access is very limited. It has been very challenging reaching them through Zoom workshops with a slow internet connection, giving therapy over the phone in limited privacy space, or empathize how they feel.

Despite the challenges, we have had progress since the last report. The most important progress was recognizing 4 cases of abuse and acting in the legal aspect to protect our participants. During this period we provided:

  • 132h of psychological attention
  • 67h of mentoring
  • 48h of workshops 

We are also part of two important initiatives in Panama;

1. Recupera Panama - aims to help the community by supporting NGOs as a response to the 7-month lockdown caused by COVID-19 and all the consequences brought with it.  

2. Alliance for children and youth - supported by UNICEF and advocates for their rights to the government. We are leading a group of organizations that are gathering all the statistics and making suggestions that need to be implemented in the laws of Panama. Currently, the laws are incomplete and mostly focused on children, neglecting the Panamanian youth. As an organization whose mission is to help at-risk youth, we feel very honored that we can contribute and make their voices be heard. 

Until next time, stay creative and positive :)

Sincerely,

Your Tav Team

Old times
Old times
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“The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”  

Robert Tew

As every organisation, Covid-19 pandemic has affected our operations and challenged our plans. Our HOW has changed over the night.

Instead of recruitment, we started planning how to do an online program. Workshops and therapy got replaced with telephone follow ups and mindfulness program that would help keep the positive thinking during uncertain times.

This program supports our participants but also their caregivers so we could at least have some impact on their environment. As a part of the support we are also providing food and basic necessities for those who dont have.

In this times of rethinking and replanning we are becoming more aware that the advantages of technology will help us carry on. The restrictions in Panama are still quite strict and probably will continue to be for months ahead. 

Our initial plan was to give some modules online, but considering the situation, we are planning that our graduates finish the whole 2nd year online.

We havent been able to start the program with a new group but we have managed to keep in touch with the majority of the graduates. 20 of them are recieving on a weekly basis phone therapy and 3 different workshops:

  • 1h of meditation
  • 1h of art
  • 1h of exercise

For a long time we have been thinking how an online program would help us expand our impact by reaching youth living far away from the city.

The Covid-19 is giving us opportunity to test this way of working so stay tuned for more details next time.

Your Tav Team

 

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Graduation theatre play
Graduation theatre play

When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow.

B.K.S. Iyengar

As the 2020 has started, we have decided that this year’s focus is stability. Last two years we have been focused on integrating more institutions in our program and learning from the process. It is rewarding to see that the expansion to another region was successful but it is also eyes opening to understand all the challenges brought by distance and regional/country realities. This is why we decided to invest more time in thinking and strategic planning.

In the beginning of the year we are occupied with recruitment, workshop planning, assessments and just enjoying seeing new faces in our groups.

We have 58 participants coming from 10 institutions.  Some are orphanages, some shelter homes and other schools with high risk youth, so this year will be diverse.

As promised in the last report, we are sharing pictures from the theatre play that concluded the 2-year program for some participants and served as a motivation to new participants. The event helped us connect the old graduates that supported as volunteers and to involve all the members of the board of advisors.

That's all, folks!

Until May, warm regards

Your TaV team

 

Graduation theatre play
Graduation theatre play

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Our back office: Board of advisors & Volunteers
Our back office: Board of advisors & Volunteers

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

Oprah Winfrey

There are still some big things ahead us, such as the end of year theatre play, graduation, planning, recruitment for the next year… but one of the biggest events we had had this year is behind us, participation in the show ”Heroes of Panama”. It is a project that seeks to pay tribute and support those Panamanians who work day by day making a difference. Heroes for Panama highlights extraordinary people who support various sectors of the country and for our founder, it was a great honour to participate.

We had the opportunity to present our work and raise awareness about the effects of institutionalisation and all the challenges that come with it, as well as the importance of educating at-risk youth so the society would be able to progress.

The next big thing for the organisation and for the participants will be the graduation and the play. For the end year play the participants prepared a musical called Panterita Mariposita,  based on real events. The story follows a little girl in the process of adoption and teaches us the value of love, companionship in difficult times and the secret of how not to give up. 

This year we had the wonderful experience to work with 51 participant. Each one of them with different story, different interest and different character. The majority of our participants are entering last year of high school but some of them are finishing 1st or 2nd year of university. We have future musicians, teachers, technicians, chemists and other careers…some technical, some bachelor, but the most important is that our participants understand the importance of education and it keeps them motivated.

Right now we are planning recruitment for 40 new participants so more information to come!

Your TaV Team

 

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Laura Vente
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