The Chance 4 Children (C4C) Springboard to Life Program (STL) asserts that:
EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION!
As children in orphanages and children’s homes grow older, they eventually have to leave their foster environments and attempt to integrate into society. C4C’s Springboard to Life program prepares teenagers and young adults in orphanages for this transition by teaching them vocational and practical life skills to make them employable. These skills become their Springboard to Life!
Considering the present high failure rate amongst young adults leaving institutions, with some of them ending up in conflict with the law, STL aims to substantially improve the chances of success in professional life for the participating young people, by offering them supplemental education and vocational extracurricular courses to find their bearings and place in life.
The topics currently include:
1. Computer Literacy/IT
2. Foreign language skills
4. Household Science, essential life skills
5. Creative Arts and Music
6. Life Coaching
7. Modern Hair-styling
9. Essential life skills
10. Integration and socialization programs
C4C’s roving team of teachers is busy visiting rural institutions on a regular basis, teaching the participants in lively forums once or twice a week. The resonance to the program has been compelling and the chance of scoring jobs and employment for participating children is according to a recent poll more than 70% higher than for their non-participating peers.
It is C4C’s long-term goal to enable as many institutionalized children as possible in Central and Eastern Europe to benefit from the program and to help elevate the standard of education for them, paving the way for the participating youth to truly have a chance in life.
Currently, two spin-offs and pilot programs to C4C’s successful Springboard to Life initiative are being developed and implemented, pending sufficient funding:
1) C4C’s new “Hand in Hand” multi-generational initiative, kicked-off by C4C’s Goodwill Ambassador Marketa Szabova, explores synergies and brings together Seniors in nursing home and Juniors in local orphanages. It is starting to make a world of difference in the lives of the participants – young and old alike. Click here to read more.
2) Chance 4 Jobs is the continuation of C4C’s Springboard to Life initiative, assisting young adults exiting their foster environments in securing employment and integrating into society. Click here for more.
Since 2002, C4C’s Springboard to Life program has helped thousands of children with a social handicap to find employment, reach their full potential and have a true chance in life.