EMPOWERING YOUTH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Each Urban Center seeks to influence and shape a new generation of young and passionate leaders, who will be capable of taking responsibility for making a real difference to the situation in Moldova.
Beginning of Life runs 5 such centers in different regions of the country:
Urban Center Chisinau (center)
Urban Center Comrat (Gagauzia/South)
Urban Center Balti (North)
Urban Center Ungheni (North-West)
Each year over 350 young people aged between 10 and 18 years old are trained within these centers, attending 'Way to Success' courses, 'Be Different' program and 'Life Skills' classes.
Rural Center Project
The project is focused on empowerment of the rural communities of Moldova through shaping the good and active citizenship capacity and engagement of the local youth, in order to overcome the consequences of labor migration, poverty, inequality and phenomena related to it, which damage the development and sustainability of the communities. The target group of the project are young people and teenagers (12-22 yr.o.) from different rural communities, within Moldova's district communities.
WITHIN THE PROGRAM:
''Way to Success'' course
From the outset, a key target group of the organisation was high school students, as they are the layer of modern society that is the most receptive and, at the same time, the most exposed to the risks. In 2012, BOL’s education program evolved into youth training centers. For three years, participants engage in interactive and practice-oriented learning within Way to Success course, in the following areas:
- Life skills development,
- Building a positive character,
- Spiritual formation,
- Critical thinking,
- Professional orientation.
This is an educational awareness program with the aim of enabling a new generation of young leaders to respond to the acute needs and problems of local communities and wider society. Moreover, BOL continues to implement educational and preventative work in public life and schools in more than 20 topics, reaching 21,000 students each year as a way to make teens aware of the dangers of illegal migration and human trafficking, as well as various forms of violence, HIV/AIDS, and other social problems.
''Be Different'' program
Adolescence is one of the most fascinating and difficult stages of life, when young people encounter many adult issues for the first time. At this formative age, teenagers are vulnerable to comitting serious mistakes which may threaten their future. 'Be Different' comes as a multi-dimensional program involved in the lives of teenagers who are deprived of parental care, facing heavy psychological and emotional instability, and at higher risk of exclusion, victimization or criminalization.
Research and publication
Since 2008, BOL regularly conducts research on current social issues and problems within Moldovan society, seeking to fully understand them and find relevant answers. All the results of these studies are published in books, manuals and articles. For isntance, the 'Way to Success' prevention manual for trainings, developed specifically for teachers within public schools from our country, with objective to provide prevention support for risky behaviors and social issues. Another one is the 'Way to Success' student's workbook who gives specific directions from self-understanding to ability of self-management, in order to achieve successful development of personality. Plus, other series issued within the program.
Supporting the vulnerable / Life Skills development
According to recent studies, a large percentage of victims of human trafficking in Moldova are teenagers, in particular young girls from high-risk families who are unable to get good education and resort to looking for alternative opportunities on the streets or abroad. In addition, the number of vulnerable families in our country in which parents are suffering from alcohol or drug dependency, are convicted of a crime, or have physical / mental limitations, is increasing every year. Consequently, the number of vulnerable children is increasing. Therefore, BOL serves children and young people from these families. We provide scholarships and coherent support for girls from 14-22 years of age, helping them to continue their studies at school or get a higher education and professional training, along with hope and a chance for a better future.
Sports and health
BOL promotes a healthy lifestyle for people, especially among vulnerable groups of population. Within every Urban Center and schools reached out with awareness teaching our teams organize and conduct various sport activities, championships and tournaments on soccer and table games, as another response of BOL to the disastrous trends that are spreading in the community.