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PROJECT PURPOSE:

The project contributed to improving services offered to young people from disadvantaged groups (young people in the rural areas and in child protection system) in the counties of Bacau, Sibiu and Bucharest in order to increase their prospects for social and professional integration.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • improve life skills and prospects for integration into the labor market for 245 young people beneficiaries of the project;
  • increase the capacity of relevant actors involved service provision for youth at the local and county level;
  • creation of networks at the local and county level to better meet the needs of young people using methodologies developed as part of the project.
  • a launch event was held on March 31, 2015;
  • partnerships were signed with DGASPC Sibiu, Sector 3, Sector 2 and Sector 5, with the municipalities from Sibiu (Rosia, Chirpar, Vurpar) and Bacau counties (Blagesti, Hemeius, Letea Veche, Saucesti Girleni and Racova) and with schools in Bacau;
  • 285 young people from rural area and from child protection system (kinship care, foster care or residential services, public or private) were enrolled in the project;
  • a study was developed to better meet the needs of young people in rural areas and the child protection system in the counties of Bacau and Sibiu and Bucharest-Ilfov region and to better substantiate the measures included in the project;
  • 23 experts from the SOS Children’s Villages Romania, DGASPC and from local authorities involved in the project were certified as vocational counsellor;
  • 18 specialists improved their skills in the field of non-formal in methods and tools working with young people (10 from SOS Children’s Village Romania, 2 from local authorities and 6 from GDSACPs).
  • Almost all young people enrolled in the project were vocational counseling, using specific tests – SDS Holland and JVIS (photos)
  • Part of young people enrolled in the project were enrolled in psychological counseling;
  • 178 young people participated in one or more sessions on different topics – health education, entrepreneurship, personal development, financial education, agriculture, first aid and parenting. Information sessions were held by experts in the respective fields.
  • 65 parents of young people enrolled in the project received counseling and were involved in group activities;
  • 12 trips were organized with the participation of 223 young people enrolled in the project. The trips were organized to Busteni- Sinaia, Crivat – Calarasi county, Adventure Park Brasov, Risnov, Targu Ocna, Praid – Sighisoara, Turda, Paltinis. Young people have attended at least two trips during the project (photos)
  • 88 young people benefitted from tutoring in various subjects (Romanian, mathematics, English, French, history, computer science) to get good exam results or to reduce the risks of second examination/ repeater. With this support, some young people have achieved outstanding results in BAC exam;
  • 42 NEET youths were identified (13 in Bacau and Sibiu 29, 19 boys and 23 girls). They were oriented towards Agencies for employment.
  • 81 youths (49 boys and 32 girls) have experienced employment during the project period – longer term or just for the summer.
  • 3 youths were involved in voluntary activities at SOS Day Care Center Hemeius.
  • 250 young people received awards for participation in the project as sports equipment (tracksuit, backpack, sport shoes etc.).
  • Youths from Bacau have created a closed group on Facebook, “Tinerii Titani” with which they could communicate with each other on various topics and could keep in better touch with local project team. The group has 84 members, of which 73 are young people and 11 adults.
  • Five manuals for specialists were prepared: health education, entrepreneurship, personal development, financial education, agriculture and livestock and 23 information sessions were held that were invited to participate young people enrolled in the project and professionals working with young ;
  • Laptops and psychological and vocational tests were purchased by SOS Children’s Villages Romania.
  • SOS Children’s Villages Romania was accredited as a provider of information services and career counseling
  • An working methodology have been developed for disadvantaged groups of young people included in the project, with the support of Institutul de Cercetare a Calitatii Vietii (working methodology).
  • On January 19, 2017, it was held the final conference of the project, attended by over 130 people. Within the conference, the project and working methodologies were presented. The press release was posted on stiriong.ro and was taken by Agerpres.

 

On 13 May 2016, following an application submitted by SOS Children’s Villages Romania, it signed an addendum to the contract and thus were added new activities (activities PLUS) and extended the project until 31 January 2017.

 

  • 30 youngsters participated in the camp in Saturn on theme on youth participation. The workshops were supported by specialists from the Academy of Advocacy and ArtFusion.
  • 30 youngsters participated in IT courses – 14 young people out of 15 received ANC certification, 11 young people from 22 obtained ECDL PROFILE START or START PROFILE BAC permit; 6 young people have obtained certification both ANC and ECDL.
  • 13 youngsters attended the initial/qualification courses on various themes.
  • 15 professionals (12 from SOS Children’s Villages Romania, executive director FONPC, general director of DGASPC Sibiu and director from Ministry of Youths) participated in the study visit to Norway, where they met with representatives of institutions, companies and NGOs working with young people. Meetings were held in Bergen, Gol and Oslo. The visit was carried out with the special support of SOS Children’s Villages Norway – Partner 2 (Activity PLUS)
  • 16 specialists are certified as counselor for personal development (12 from SOS Children’s Villages Romania and 4 from GDSACPs).
  • 18 specialists were certified as community development facilitators (8 from SOS Children’s Village Romania, 4 from local authorities and 6 from GDSACPs).
  • 15 specialists attended a first aid course and 15 others a course on parenting.

Period:

January 21, 2015 – April 20, 2016 (January 31, 2017 PLUS)

Partnership:

NGO Federation for Children and SOS Children’s Villages Norway

PROJECT BUDGET:

1.859.160 lei (90% EEA Grant and 10% cofinance from SOS Children’s Villages Romania).

With this project, SOS Children’s Villages Romania strengthened its ability to work with young people from the two disadvantaged groups, has developed partnership relations with GDSACPs and municipalities in the regions in which we operate, initiated relationships with employers and has created a strong network of complementary service providers. Local partners involved in the project have developed the ability to work with young people, but not only. The specialists attended the courses have acquired skills that will help them to know and better meet the needs of young children and the communities to which they belong. Public authorities at central level have working methodologies as relevant and useful document to be used in the process of elaboration of public policies for youth. Young people who have participated in the project have developed skills, acquired knowledge and skills, have new friends and go away with a bag of memories. In addition, young people have benefited from other opportunities offered by SOS Children’s Villages Romania in other partnerships (for example, 11 young attended training courses hairdresser).

Vocational counseling should begin earlier, at least the age of 13-14 years.
Developing life skills should be an ongoing and coordinated by a team of specialists.
Legal barriers, those related to institutional practices and due to limited resources need to be identified and appropriately managed.
To increase motivation of youth from residential services to engage in and benefit from the opportunities offered to them requires management in due time of trauma and attachment secure and lasting relationships.
Youth in foster care and those in kinship care need opportunities and caregivers need appropriate support services (supervision, training, etc.).
Youth from rural area need opportunities and community and social services well developed.

The project financed with financial support of RO11 Programme – CORAI, programme financed by the EEA Grants 2009 – 2014and managed by Romanian Social Development Fund .

For official information about these grants access  www.eeagrants.org and www.granturi-corai.ro

The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA Grants 2009-2014.