Russians offered chance to mentor orphaned teenagers

Russians to be offered the chance to be a mentor to orphaned children




Experts from different professions are being invited to chat to orphanage pupils about their work via a special website.


This is the brainchild of the Support to Family and Children “Guardians of childhood” charity, with support from the NGO Megafon, which has led to the creation of the website. In using this resource, orphans will be able to select their favourite profession, explore different career opportunities and chat to a team of advisers who are currently being recruited. The charity is inviting any Russian who is interested to take part in this initiative to advise these young people on how to achieve career success.


In the eyes of those behind this idea, the task of the mentors is simple: to answer questions from young people across the country on how to enter a profession and what it entails, as well as advice on promotion prospects. According to the charity, teenagers do not have enough mentors among firefighters, emergency workers, the military, the police, pilots, hairdressers, manicurists, chefs, florists and builders. The website will feature 50 different types of employment.


“The idea for the site has been developed along the lines of the Dobro hackathon and is aimed at creating an accessible digital environment within Russia’s social sphere. Foundations and NGOs have come up with more than 20 prototype IT solutions for charity, one of which is the Support to the Family and Children “Guardians of childhood” charity’s online platform. The website allows professionals to talk about their successes in a multi-media format with large numbers of teenagers to help them in their choice of career”, said Olga Konyshkina, charity manager at Megafon.


Information note


The “Guardians of childhood” charity is developing and implementing a unique method for promoting the social adaptation of orphans in Russia, i.e. individual corporate mentoring. A trained mentor offers support to a teenager as he or she approaches adulthood, as well as helping them deal with the difficult initial stage of breaking out on their own and in adapting to life in the workplace.



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