Last week Wonder's "Easier Transitions: Helping Hands" European mentoring project took a step forward as international partners met in Riga, Latvia, to review progress and plan the rest of the project. Youth Manager Olive Ahmed and Fundraising Director Carmen Gonzalez met representatives from partner organisations in Spain, Slovenia, Latvia and Poland to evaluate the research and practical tools already produced. In addition the most practical materials for young mentees and youth workers - guides, toolkits, videos and animations - were shared and tested by local Latvian young people.
The initial feedback from project partners was positive, with Anja from KAC (Latvia) commenting, "it has been ever so helpful to share resources and above all experiences of running a mentoring project with teens, I feel encouraged and supported!" Beata from MS Skała (Poland) added: "your tips on mentor recruitment have been invaluable, thanks Wonder for being so generous with your work". For Ana from Canfrac (Spain) the materials were already having an impact. "Your experience in mentor induction and support have enlightened the way we work and can help our projects be more sustainable."
This project is funded by Erasmus+