|Project title||School of Echo - Self-supporting mentor-network in children-care|
|Thematic area||Youth and children issues|
|Name of the organization||National Association of General Group Homes for Children-care|
|Postal address||8000 Székesfehérvár, Tüzér utca 6.|
|Project manager||Simor Péter|
|Project timeframe||September 25th, 2014 - September 25th, 2015|
|Amount of support||9,617 €|
The state care system has a special program that helps the matured youth with different welfare services, but it has low capacity. Their level on education is low thus they have worse chances on the labour market. The objective of the project was to establish a community that contributes to the integration into society and preparation for entering to labour market of youth.
The project promoter organized and participated in several conferences where the project was presented and a professional dialogue about the state care system, migrant children and social integration was started.
“Adopt the space” titled events were organized twice in order to bring potential adoptive families and children. 55 and 38 participants made different art works, took part in creative workshops and cooked together.
The “Mentor study group” was enlarged: 6 youth joined to the training; then they were involved in organizing community programs and tutoring. Altogether 20 youth was involved and their personal development plans were prepared.
Also a club was started which became more and more popular as the number of participants shows: at the beginning only 5-6 youth visited but later 24 youth took part in the club events in which different themes were elaborated like religion, financial issues, acceptance, art history and disabilities. Most of the events were organized in Fót where unaccompanied refugee children were accommodated. The events were really successful as they could lower the tension in migrant youth. Mentors also helped with translating during the peak period when refugees reached the railway stations in Budapest.
The community events were also successful, after the project period from the 20 youth 7 ones still participates in the daily life of the organization. They are working on developing the mentor network.