Considering great unemployment rate in Serbia and challenges that young people from vulnerable families are facing with in searching jobs and becoming independent, SOS Children’s Villages Serbia has set in a comprehensive program of their economic strengthening, as well as strengthening communities and increasing the prosperity of a region. In cooperation with “Foundation Hermann Gmeiner” and local partners (NALED, Belgrade Centre for Social Work, Centre for Infant, Children and Youth Protection, Centre for Foster Care and Adoption Belgrade, Republic of Serbia Chamber of Commerce and others) and supported by German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development , we have launched a project “Strong Youngsters “.
Within this project, there was a Career Centre “Strong Youngsters” opened in Boulevard Kralja Aleksandra, No.251, in Belgrade. The main role of such a centre is support in increasing employment of youngsters from 16 to 30 years old within the territory of Belgrade, who have had or still have a status of a child without parental care or are involved in programs of supporting families in risk guided by SOS Children’s Villages. Services of the Centre are unique in fact that are directed, not only to finding a job but to individual psycho-social counselling and strengthening in order to keep the job as well, which is mandatory because lack of life skills and self-confidence, that are the main characteristic of this target group.
In accordance with individual development plan, which young people create with their counsellor, youngsters have those activities available:
Young people interested in entrepreneurship can also have training in starting up their own business, and after training, they can get non-refundable funds from Centre in order to start a business of their own and buy equipment, as well as support in realization of their work.
Since 2016 till now, over 300 has used services of this Centre.