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Published: Thursday, 22.05.2014

Youngsters attend a get-together in Orahovica

Once again, we held the annual Youth Day to encourage our young people to evaluate the quality of care in the SOS Children's Village and to take active part in making decisions that affect them. Of course, we also gave due attention to socializing, spending time together and having fun.

Orahovica Red Cross Center once again acted as our kind host. During the 3-day get-together equally divided between working, having fun and laughing, young people from four Youth Facilities (Youth Facilities Velika Gorica, Zagreb, Osijek, Osijek I) took part, together with their educators. For the first time, we were also joined by four youngsters from the SOS Children's Village Lekenik, who brought new perspective and dynamic to our activities.

In addition to the above participants, Sunčana Kusturin as the representative of NGO Igra gave a valuable and knowledgeable contribution to the proceedings by presenting the project “Okvirko” – Manual for the Capacity Building of Young People Leaving Alternative Care. From the presentation, our youngsters and educators learned how to use the Competence Catalogue and were encouraged to get in touch with their own strengths through active participation. We also prepared a number of diverse creative workshops and fun-filled activities, such as the workshop on emotions, communication and looking at a situation from different angles and roles.

The last day of the gathering was set aside for internal self-evaluation. Part of the SOS Children's Village mission is to help young people shape their own future, and internal self-evaluation is designed to determine to what extent we are successful in accomplishing this goal. Every year, youngsters evaluate how much programs and activities offered by the SOS Children's Village really help them to become more self-reliant as adults, while educators have the opportunity to evaluate their own work in terms of how well they support youngsters in living a self-reliant life. They can express what functions well or less well in their own words, and submit their own proposals for future work. Their views and opinions are taken seriously and we see those views as an incentive to change and adjust so that our mission can be accomplished fully.

The accompanying photos show us working, having fun, dancing, swimming in the pool, and most of all, laughing. All of us grown-ups who were there are truly in awe of the openness and wisdom with which these young people approach life.
 

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