On May 28 – 29, representatives of five European organisations met in Novo Mesto, Slovenia for the start of the Erasmus+ KA2 project Life Skills for Care Leavers. The event was organized by the project Slovenian partner – Association for Development of Volontary Work Novo Mesto and was attended by two participants from each of the partner organizations. During the event the representatives of the participating organizations finalized the consortium’s working schedules, management, evaluation and dissemination procedures, as well as the organizational, methodological and pedagogical approaches for the development of the main outputs of the project.
The Life skills for Care leavers project main objective is to assist young people leaving care in transitioning successfully to independent living. It will contribute to the already ongoing effort to find solutions through:
- Providing guidance and support to young people by creating a “one-stop-shop” where they will be able to access information, guidance, support and services provided by relevant organizations and institutions.
- Support young people through the process of transition to independence by creating a network of volunteer mentorsto help them build their personal plan and assist them in their communication with institutions and organizations.
- Establish long term cooperation among the partners with the objective to assist the insertion of care leavers in European Youth Mobility, Volunteering, and Apprenticeship programmes.The opportunities the EU provides for Youth and Education represent an enormous opportunity for vulnerable young people for inclusion, participation, gaining professional experience and important professional and individual competences.
The project will directly involve about 60 young people aged 18-26 through the activities as well as around 500 indirect participants.
The project will assist young people leaving care to receive continuous support during their transition to adulthood; acquire specific social, financial and organizational skills and competences which will allow them to successfully transition to adulthood.