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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

"A learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future."

Peter Senge

Two years have passed since we joined Global Giving, and during this time we have worked hard to understand and learn how to implement our program in different types of orphanages and substitute homes. We have successfully accompanied 30 young people on their path of self-awareness and preparation for independence. Some of them are soon to be graduates from technical careers and others are discovering what is their vocation. 

This year has served us to learn where do we want to go as organisation, what our limits are and how to overcome them. Starting next year we are taking all those learnings and preparing to support one new institution.

In 2018 we have spent 1000 hours investing in our participants through different activities, more specifically:

  • 276h in Workshops 
  • 229h in Mentoring 
  • 197h in psychological follow-up 
  •  300h on Individual follow-up

We are finishing this beautiful year by preparing a theatre play "The Garden of Friendship" which was chosen by the participants. The play is representing their time in the program where they first had to pass through a path of self discovery in order to be able to create real friendships.

Hopefully we will be able to share the success of the play in the report, until then all the best for the upcoming holidays.

Sincerely yours, 

TaV team


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"In 5 years I will be able to rent a room and live alone. Starting to save now, in 10 years I will be eligible to take a loan and buy my own house”. sounds like something simple to achieve in a country with the highest GDP in the central american region. But considering  high social difference classes and that these words were said by an 18-year-old girl, coming from a high social risk area, that has been living all her life in a shelter home and that a year and a half ago, she did not know what she would do in the next two weeks, then the phrase carries more strength and impact.

But this is not all, this young woman did not communicate and obtaining information was an arduous task. A few weeks ago she said this sentence within a 20 minute presentation with her mentor who has accompanied her for the past eight months.

In Transicion a la Vida we strive that our young beneficiaries can move towards a life plan that helps them project themselves in medium and long term and in this way achieve stability that does not lead them to a precocious pregnancy or back to risk. Our mentoring program - EleMentor accompanies our future graduates in preparation for their path after the program.

Our different programs seek to give them all the tools, but without a doubt EleMentor plays a key role, bringing them closer to a "one to one" guide with young adults with whom they can identify. Each mentor goes through a selection process, interviewes, signs a letter of commitment for one year and is assigned to the beneficiary with the closest common interests.

In these meetings they must follow a guide with goals and objectives that can be achieved in a period of time, these measurements are supervised by a psychologist who meets monthly with the mentors to evaluate and make adjustments.

The presentation where we heard this phrase from the beginning, was the rehearsal for what will be the closing of this group in October, having reached 82 hours between:

  • workshops
  • mentor and apprentice meetings
  • mentor and our team meetings

9 beneficiaries presented their progress, the current status of their goals with their mentors who mostly said they won not only an apprentice but a friend and that this would be maintained over time.

EleMentor is an excellent complement to our social reinsertion program because being accompanied by an older, more experienced person that believes in you, builds the confidence our participants need to overcome basic life obstacles.


Your TAV team


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Adelina P.
Adelina P.


"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together."


                                                                                 James Cash Penney


Our first quarter of 2018 has been focused on getting to know new participants and preparing the graduates for their career plan and independ life. At this moment we are counting on 28 participantes from 5 different substitute homes.


The focus has been divided between:


  • 75h of workshops focusing on subjects as self-esteem, self-awareness, values, creating community between the new participants, how to manage personal finances etc...
  • 80h of individual follow-up where we work on personal plan and focus on strenghtening participants habilities.
  • 50h of psychological accompaniment where we attend specific issues and focus how to resolve problems.


Our other focus is screening one new shelter home focused on youth in interior of the country where the access to education is limited. Since the access to the home is also complicated we are planning program implementation for 2019. To progress towards this we have started expaning our team so we could cover human resources needed to expand to more far regions. 


Right now we are counting on six facilitatores that are responsible for workshops delivery each saturday and ten mentors that are guiding our participants in their personal and career plan. 


In order to keep on promoting education we have changed the venue of our workshops to one university where the participants are exposed to positive, educational environment. By the end of this year our goal is to achieve that 90% of our participants graduates or continues with their higher education.


Thank you for beeing there for us second year in row =)


Your TaV Team

Participants 2018
Participants 2018


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Allyson L. 1st year student in civil engineering
Allyson L. 1st year student in civil engineering

Genious is in the idea. Impact, however, comes from action.”

As we mentioned in the last report, our 2017 finished with a conclusion that the pilot proyect of implementing our social reinsertion program in two new orphanages has been successful and that we are ready to acompany more girls in their transition of becoming independent young women.
For this year, 17 girls passed the selection process and and they will be mixed in two groups with participants from three other institutions, giving in total 30 participants from 5 different institutions for the year 2018.
A part of the individual evaluations and inital inductions to the program, we have been planning the yearly calendar that will be enriched with additional technical skills such as use of technology, culinary skills, etc... and strenghtening existing modules such as how to manage personal finances, creating carreer plan, professional orientation, etc.. in order to build up their self-esteem even more and give them variety of tools to be independent emotionally and economically.
Each participant will recieve:
  • 300h of workshops
  • 80h of personal mentoring
  • 30h of individual follow up
  • 16h of professional mentoring
  • 15h of psycological assistance  
Actualizing our measurement system, we have concluded that we can create even bigger impact by adding additional "Do it Yourserlf Tasks" in different types of enviroment that our participants face. In order to achieve that we are updating all our workshops and mentoring system.
Our team is very excited to work with so many different profiles and having the challenge of mixing groups, so we can create one big network of friends that can support each other, as for participants, as for our mentors.

This is also the year that our graduates that entered last year will have their university graduation and will step up into the independent working world.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to share our passion,
Your TaV team
Meeting our new participants
Meeting our new participants


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Theater classes
Theater classes

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.     

Seneca The Younger

Finishing the last months of 2017, we can officially say that the implementation of our re-integration program has been successful in the two new orphanages and overall we had no desertion from the program.

Our plan for the next year is to continue working with the same orphanages without adding new ones, but focusing more on strengthening our relations with each institution and including new participants per institution.

Right now we are in a strategic planning process of our vision for 2020 that will help us achieve bigger but sustainable impact. As an organization one of our long-term goals are:

  • Strengthening our governance
  • Opening a Transition center
  • Getting program endorsement from the government or other recognized international institution that works with children and adolescents

These goals will help us open doors for every substitute home/orphanage that needs support

As a part of creation of the life skills measurement system we have re-confirmed that our program answers to the needs of the institutionalized youth. We have also discovered that by re-structuring some parts we can even achieve more profound change in life skills.

Our 2017th results are:

  1. 100% participants retention rate
  2. 88% continues with their studies
  3. 87.5% no adolescent pregnancy
  4. 33% works and studies

To give opportunity to more young women, we have started the selection process for next year and for now we have 18 new candidates from 5 different institutions. By the end of January 2018 we will finish the selection and induction processes.

The only thing that is left to finish this year experiences is our theater play “La Principita” which all of us are very excited and nervous about =) and of course the graduation of 10 participants that have finished the two year program and are ready to start their emotionally and economically independent life. 

Thank you once again for being our silent players behind the scene and making all of this possible.


Your TaV team

Getting to know our future participantes
Getting to know our future participantes


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Transicion a la Vida

Location: Panama City - Panama
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Project Leader:
Dario Ramirez
Panama City, Panama
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