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Empower Youth Transition from Orphanage to Society

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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
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!

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Our participants and team
Our participants and team

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is in small things, bits of extra effort in the right places that we put in. 

Our extra bit for this year is adding two members to the team, a coordinator for the New Chapter of Penonome and a part time psychologist in Panama that will be focused on attending the participants.

Expansion in Penonome is developing according to plan, even though we started the program implementation a bit later than planned because of an unexpected challenge. The person responsible for the implementation resigned, but we managed to get back on track so all the activities are being delivered on time.

We understand our participants better regarding their abilities, dreams and situation, and we created a work plan for each of them. Then we decide on the development areas that will push them to continue their education and become economically independent.

Each year, around july – august we organize an activity to keep the motivation high. This year it was a two-day seminar - Potenciate.

This was the first year that Potenciate reached the number this high. 60 participants from the orphanages we cooperate with all gathered in the same place, and for two days we talked about leadership, communication, how to resolve conflict, how to talk in public, and the importance of networking. We also touched basis with personal subjects, such as dependency of other people and how to recognize if it is a healthy relationship that is developing. 

It was fulfilling to observe how participants connected, shared their experiences, saw that they are not alone and realized how many opportunities can open up for them if they stay open for change.

Their sense of hope gave us more energy to continue with our work and to do the best we can to wrap up the year motivated.

Baile tipico - traditional Panamanian dance
Baile tipico - traditional Panamanian dance

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When we started introducing ourselves, there was 30 young faces looking at us, some with confusion, some with empty gaze, others with interest and hope. By the time we got to explaining what the organisation does, we saw more and more faces light up and in the end when we shared our goals they started to share their dreams...future psychologist, engineers, a singer, a nurse, designers, architects, etc. The ones that didn't know what they want, also had an expression of hope which gave us more motivation to start the program expansion.

18th of may we officially inaugurated our new chapter in the city Penonome, region Coclé which is located 2,5h from Panama CIty. This is our first “outside” the city orphanage. After an extent assessment center, interviews with the psychologist and the program coordinator, we have chosen 30 participants that will participante in our regular 2 year program and will be guided by our team of 4 people.

Our target is that 80% of the participants graduates from the full program and achieves a successful transition. So the question is what is a successful transition? 

To sum up the experience of working with adolescentes from different environments, what we have concluded is that the base is the same: guidance, opportunity to know what is out there - their possibilities and a plan how to do it. 

We are aware of the challenges that lye a head, such as learning how the institution works, distance from the main office, different culture, mindset, different opportunities…but as they say, we cannot be limited by our challenges but rather challenge our limits. 

Penonome participants
Penonome participants
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Assessment center
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Therapy through theater
Therapy through theater

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year our activities started in February and we have more than 30 participants. During next month our activities are focused on getting to know them and especially get to know their potential. In order to give them the best chance to fulfil that potential, we have to strengthen and expand our psychological department, which will be one of the main challenges and focuses for 2019.

Apart from that, we are continuing our expansion to other institutions and possibly regions in Panama.

Each year we are growing a bigger community of our ex graduates who are willing to stay part of the organisation and helping others, which is one the most exciting activities we have; alumni program and inclusion.

As one of the biggest challenges that our participants face; employment and economic independence, we have decided to "invest" more time in subjects such as giving them tools to find a job, preparation for interviews and to close the cycle, how to thrive in working environment.

And last but not the least, as we promised in our last report, we can proudly say that our graduation and theatre play, made for the first time on a real scene was absolutely the best decision we could have made. Our participants shined and thrived with self-esteem after conquering their fear of stage, talking in front of people and preforming so it is one of the good practices we will continue.

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Graduates 2018
Graduates 2018
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Our facilitators

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Dario Ramirez
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