‘School for life’ programme and professional support for vulnerable young people.
The project is directed at disadvantaged young people including care leavers (young people, who are currently or have been living in institutional care) with a background of multi-generational poverty, affected by social exclusion, with an insufficient level of education and vocational training, a lack of independent living skills and no supportive social network.
CONCORDIA’s Transitional Housing Programme (THP) in Bulgaria supports the aforementioned target group in achieving independency and thereby avoiding long-term dependency on social services. Through this project disadvantaged young people from marginalized communities in Sofia are provided with adequate housing, receive the possibility to acquire necessary and valuable life skills and to develop in a protected environment. They are supported by a multidisciplinary CONCORDIA team in completing their education, finding appropriate vocational training and/or access to the labor market.
The project is spanned over two separate premises. One is supporting up to twelve teenagers between 15 and 18 years, the other one accompanies up to four young adults aged 18 to 24 on their way from care to independence.
This THP model is innovative in Bulgaria, whose social system is currently lacking adequate social support for these specific beneficiaries. An important goal of the THP is to work on sustainable behavioral changes while simultaneously meeting the emotional needs of the youngsters, especially when they are in crisis or in conflict with the law. They are provided with stability and are taught fundamental skills to help them adapt in society.
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