The Life Skills program !Soy Independiente!, is our newest program targeting young people from 14 to 19 that live in residential homes in Santiago. With more than 96 hours of training workshops, VE aims to provide them with the adequate tools required to face the difficulties of life, support their endeavours and develop their socioemotional skills to allow them to grow into well-rounded adults. This program is being implemented thanks to the financial support from the Chilean Ministry of Social Development.
15 Partner organizations decided to join us and more than 42 young adults agreed to participate, and were divided into 3 groups: two working at a space provided in Santiago Centro, and the other group at Puente Alto. All 3 groups are supervised and taught by a team of dedicated monitors and education professionals, all contributing to make this experience a memorable and useful one for the young adults involved.
- Plan and carry out a program of 96 hours of training workshops including monitor led workshops, educational outings and specialists seminars
- Implement a follow-up and evaluation system for each beneficiary in order to evaluate their growth and development
- Generate a project model that can be replicated to a larger scale in the future
VE organizes workshops based on what it considers to be the principal areas of knowledge required for a successful independent life. Our workshops are oriented in 7 different areas:
- Basic Skills Workshops
- Self-Care Workshops
- Workshops in Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Skills
- Financial Skills Workshops
- Work and Academic Skills Workshops
- Self-esteem Workshops
- Technology, Information and Communications
By providing this necessary teaching and strengthening their socio-emotional skills, these future mothers and fathers will break the vicious cycle of violation, abuse and maltreatment of children’s rights and lives in Santiago, Chile.
Carolina Sanhueza – Coordinator Assistant
Paola Leal – Responsible for evaluation and contents
Alonso Salinas T. – Monitor stage 1
María Fernanda Pereira – Monitor stage 1
Paula Durán – Monitor stage 1
Nathalie Ferreira – Monitor stage 2
Fernando Pino – Monitor stage 2