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September

Published: Monday, 02.09.2013

Moving to SOS Youth Facilities

Every year, SOS Children's Village Lekenik holds the traditional Corn Festival to celebrate the beginning of the new school year, the transition of former primary school students to high school and their transfer to SOS Youth Facilities.

This step in the lives of SOS children is not an easy one to take, neither for them, nor for their SOS mothers and other co-workers in the SOS Children's Villages. We created the Corn Festival to make their departure to SOS Youth Facility at least a little easier to bear. This year, the Corn Festival included entertainment, games and sports competitions, as well as educational workshops designed to make young people in our Villages more self-reliant. The children from SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci also marked this occasion, celebrating the move of young people to SOS Youth Facilities with their Autumn Trip to the nearby Emaus resort.

Transferring from SOS Children's Village to SOS Youth Facility is the second phase of the family-based, long-term care for children and youth. Educators replace SOS mothers as youngsters’ main care persons. Although the young people can rely on educators completely, the contact with SOS mothers is never broken. SOS Youth Facilities provide a platform to learn different life skills, so that youngsters are ready for independent life once they leave the youth facilities. All young people in youth facilities attend school, and they have an option of continuing their schooling if their grades are good enough and they are interested in further education. Youngsters have a range of vocations to choose from – at the moment, they are training to be hairdressers, sales clerks, nurses, pedicurists, gas installers, electrical technicians, commercial technicians. Most of the youngsters want to go to college after graduating from high school. Right now, young people from SOS Children's Village are earning degrees in civil engineering, computer sciences, economy and nursing. Some of our youngsters are studying abroad, for example, at the UWC College in Costa Rica.


“We wish all the best to the new residents of youth facilities, and we hope they will quickly adapt to the new environment. Of course, they can rely on the support of all the co-workers in SOS Children's Villages as well as our dear friends and donors”, said the director of SOS Children's Village Lekenik Mario Čović at the Corn Festival.
 

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