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The project Explorer for my future, co-funded by the County Council of Brasov, will run from 6 September to 6 November 2021.

The aim of the project is the socio-professional integration of young people coming from the child protection system in the social context created by the Covid pandemic, by providing integrated services.

The target group consists of 10 young people who have left the special care system. As objectives we have the personal development of young people and increase their resilience through participation in a psychotherapy group, the development of socio-professional capacity through participation in the vocational orientation activity and the entrepreneurial training program and the development of coping strategies, management of difficult situations.

The main activities of the project are: group psychotherapy, vocational orientation workshop, entrepreneurial training program, self-defense and anti-bullying activity, dance therapy.

Estimated results:

  • increased employability of the 10 young people in the project through their participation in the 6 modules of the entrepreneurial training programme and vocational guidance workshop;
  • the 10 young people in the project will develop new coping methods that will help them to manage more easily the difficult crisis situations that they will face, the emotions lived in various experiences through the participation in the 8 self-defence and anti-bullying sessions and the 8 dance therapy sessions.

This project supports this vulnerable group of deinstitutionalized young people, especially in the context of COVID -19, through the complexity of activities that reach several dysfunctional spheres accentuated by the pandemic: professional, emotional, social.

The problems faced by deinstitutionalised young people are complex, on all levels of life. The trauma of abandonment, which is the cause of many bottlenecks in the lives of deinstitutionalised young people, the increased risk of dropping out of school, poverty, low levels of schooling and therefore reduced integration into the labour market, poor health due to lack of resources and lack of access to medical services, lack of information, are just some of the problems and needs of these vulnerable groups which certainly lead to marginalisation and social exclusion. On top of all this, there are the problems generated by the COVID-19 pandemic: anxiety as a negative effect of the isolation measure, jobs are difficult to access, the rate of violence has increased, young people have been subjected to violence and abuse more often.

Group psychotherapy aims to reduce anxiety as a negative effect of the isolation measure, to accompany young people in the process of self-awareness and personal development in order to increase quality of life and emotional balance.

The vocational orientation workshop helps young people to discover their skills, aptitudes and what kind of activities fit their personality profile. Although they may have worked in several fields, after the period of redundancies due to the Covid pandemic, they need to be able to adapt to changes in the labour market, but also take into account their preferences for a future career.

The entrepreneurial training programme helps beneficiaries develop entrepreneurial skills and will culminate in a business plan. The main topics will be Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Business Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Finance and Business Plan.

During the pandemic studies show that the rate of violence has increased, young people have been subjected to more violence and abuse.

Self-defence and anti-bullying activities help young people to externalise their emotions caused by the pandemic (frustration, aggression, insecurity, anger, loneliness, powerlessness) in an appropriate and controlled way. Self-defence sports teach them first and foremost how to avoid situations that can become confrontational, how to settle arguments and how to mediate them. By taking part in self-defence courses they develop their coordination skills, their awareness of their environment and their ability to react in a timely manner to various factors that may disturb their well-being.

Dance therapy is a gentle way of identifying, accepting and releasing low-frequency emotions, replacing them with constructive emotions that are beneficial for a balanced mental state. At the same time, through this activity, certain self-imposed physical, psychological and emotional barriers are overcome, thus enabling the beneficiaries to add to their personal development. Dance therapy uses dance as the main tool, through its different forms and styles, together with various psychological methods and complementary therapies, so that together they contribute to a harmonious well-being in all aspects of the beneficiaries' lives. Relaxation, relaxation, fun, socialisation, along with increased self-confidence, development of non-verbal communication and development of motor skills, are just some of the benefits of dance therapy, which they need to strengthen, especially after the period of isolation due to the Covid pandemic.

So far young people have benefited from group therapy, self-defence and anti-bullying and dance therapy. As a result of these activities the young people have felt a significant increase in group cohesion, their relationships have improved, supportive relationships have been created and maintained outside the project, thus increasing the degree of social support. The self-development courses have increased the level of personal confidence, as the beneficiaries now have more self-confidence and feel safe to experience new life situations.

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