In 2016 as part of "Say No to Orphanhood!" program Rinat Akhmetov Foundation started a new project called "Mentorship", which is aimed at preparing orphanage wards to an independent adult life.
Why is this project needed?
According to statistics, children over 12 years old have fewer chances to be adopted, since most families prefer babies. Therefore, teenagers often not only lose the opportunity to grow up in family, but they also have no caring and responsible adult, who could take their hand and lead them into an independent life. They enter adulthood completely unadapted.
What is mentorship?
It is helping orphans and children deprived of parental care to form the skills that are necessary for adaptation to an independent adult life. Through personal interaction mentors help children with studies and comprehensive development, promote their socialization and career guidance. A mentor is an older friend, support and adviser.
What is known about the world and Ukrainian experience in mentorship?
In the world practice the term "mentorship" is known for a long time. One of the oldest organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, started its activity in 1904 in America; now their activity is spread for nearly 15 countries and it has helped hundreds of thousands of children.
The founder of mentorship in Ukraine is an NGO called "One Hope".
What forms of mentorship are covered by the project?
- Individual mentorship. Implies interaction of one adult with one child.
- Mentorship in group. Implies interaction of either one adult with a group of children, or several adults working with a small group of children.