The Travnik Youth Education Center has started the implementation of the fourth cycle of the “Older Brother, Older Sister” program, which was created as a goal to contribute to the social inclusion of children through voluntary, socially useful engagement of young people and adults.
In this regard, at the International University Travnik on Wednesday at 13:00, representatives of the Center for Youth Education will hold a training for future volunteers. This program is intended primarily for children who come from materially and socially endangered families, and because of that it is difficult for them to grow into a healthy, socially integrated, socially and able-bodied person. The project is based on continuous human contact and dynamic interaction of children, volunteers and professional staff who offer a direction towards healthy development, future and friendship.
In the mentoring program “Older brother, older sister”, children socialize individually with student volunteers who become models for them to adopt socially acceptable behaviors and support in the development of life skills.
In the modern world where more and more employers value volunteering and recognize it as a work experience, we want to enable young and unemployed people to develop or further improve certain skills, gain self-confidence and self-esteem through volunteering in a program of this type to become trained and ready for various employment opportunities. Through volunteering, they would develop communication and organizational skills, expand their social circles, and gain opportunities for paid jobs in the future. In addition, volunteering provides opportunities for non-formal education, and is therefore one of the key elements in a lifelong learning strategy.
Based on many years of cooperation, volunteers who will participate in this program at the end of the cycle will be provided with recommendations for employers by the Center for Youth Education and the Center for Social Work.