How well is it recognized, and what are the challenges of mentoring young people from vulnerable groups in Turkey, Italy, Serbia, Belgium and Bulgaria? In which mentoring cycles it is desirable to include online tools, and when the live meeting of the mentor and mentee still carries the foresight in a mentoring relationship. How to plan mentoring events internationally in a better way and provide equal conditions and necessary support for all participants are just some of the topics discussed at the partner meeting within the Erasmus + VM-Pro project: Validation of youth mentoring.
The host of the fourth international partner meeting was the Belgrade Open School. The meeting was held in the period of 11 and 12 April 2019 in Belgrade, in the hotel “88 Rooms”.The meeting started with the presentation of a report on the activities carried out in the previous period, as well as the following steps and mentoring undertakings at the level of the countries in which the project is being implemented. Special attention was paid to the discussion on the improvement of the functioning and optimization of the online platform, based on the input received from the National Advisory Authorities. In addition, the partners in Belgrade agreed to provide additional types of materials for support in the implementation of mentoring processes, which will be distributed primarily to mentors, teachers, youth workers and all those who will use them for better and better work with young people who are mentoring.
On the second day of the meeting, the initial preparations for two major international events for young people are expected in the autumn, where young people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups will take part in the exchange of good practices and experiences.
The goal of the Vm-pro project: Validation of mentoring for young people is the empowerment and support of young people from vulnerable groups, through the development of tools for quality implementation of informal mentoring programs for youth. The project is implemented by SIM – SCUOLA ITALIANA DI MENTORING (Italy), in partnership with ASSOCIAZIONE MOSAICO (Italy), MARIE CURIE ASSOCIATION – MCA (Bulgaria), PHOENIXKM BVBA (Belgium), International Association for Research and Development of Vocational Education and Training (Turkey) and the Belgrade Open School.
All activities of the project will be realized in the period from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2019. The project was supported by the European Commission, through the Erasmus + program in the field of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation for Youth.