SOCIAL INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH FROM VULNERABLE GROUPS
How to create a quality mentoring program for young people from vulnerable groups? What are the tools in conducting mentoring activities? These are some of the issues that are the subject of the Erasmus + project in which the Belgrade Open School participates as a partner, presented at the consultative National Advisory Body (NAB) meeting “Social inclusion and empowerment of youth from vulnerable groups”, held on January 22, 2019.
The NAB meeting gathered a significant number of teachers working directly with youth from vulnerable groups, representatives of umbrella youth organizations, as well as organizations that conducting various mentoring programs for youth in the field of creativity, encouraging the development of entrepreneurship and prevention of dropouts from the education process of youth people.
The six-month mentoring program for youth from vulnerable groups
The meeting started with the introduction of the VM-pro project: Validation of mentoring for youth. In addition to presenting basic project data, special attention has been paid to the presentation of a Guide for the implementation of mentoring for youth created within the project. They discussed innovative (operational and reflexive) mentoring tools developed by the Italian School of Mentoring as the project leader and expert in the field, as well as the opportunities for applying it in mentoring in Serbia. Special interest was in the possibility of using e-mentoring as an important segment for facilitating and more effective working with mentions. The final part of the session announced further steps in the project related to the implementation of the six-month program of mentoring for youth from vulnerable groups.