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Educating Smiles

It is a tutoring program aimed at children in care residents in reception centers in Spain. Through this project we help them improve their academic and emotional situation.
This project was created to enhance the academic and emotional situation of children and adolescents aged 8-18 years who reside in care centres in Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia in order to ensure an appropriate school level for development and relational skills.

The Foundation works to offer them the possibility to opt for a better future, accompanying them and supporting them in their training and seeking the necessary resources for their social integration. How? With the help of 140 volunteers, people who must become mentors for the children through personalised tutoring and extracurricular leisure activities at the weekends. This project complements the work that is carried out, with whom we network as a tool of prevention, protection and attention to situations of risk and marginalisation.

 
The specific elements that define the intervention, focus on two overhead lines of work:

• Personalised tutoring classes taught by a school volunteer during the week, adapted to the abilities, the learning pace and needs of each child, both to aid them in properly completing their studies and to enhance their self-estee.

• Extracurricular activities during the week.

The implementation of this project pursues an active methodology, in which the volunteer provides school support, emotional and socio- educational support in a bi-directional method to a small number of children. They will be the centres that will decide which children need our support urgently, the reasons and what type of intervention is required.

Children and adolescents assisted by the Foundation, express the importance of having a leader, as someone to admire and to follow their steps to be able to have a life as normal as possible. Each volunteer must follow a specific training and work plan scheduled by the centre teacher and the manager of the Foundation. Likewise, the volunteer will adapt their activities to the capabilities and interest of the child.
 
RESULTS IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE:

95% HAVE IMPROVED SELF ESTEEM
83% HAVE IMPROVED BEHAVIOUR
75% HAVE BETTER MARKS
70% ARE MORE MOTIVATED TO STUDY
80% HAVE IMPROVED THIER LEVEL OF WRITING AND READING COMPREHENSHION
MOREOVER, THE MAJORITY HAVE BECOME MORE EMOTIONALLY STABLE AND COMMUNICATE BETTER WITH OTHERS.
 
This program takes place once a week, with a minimum commitment of one year.
 
You can give some time to them too, become a volunteer!

This English translation has been possible thanks to the PerMondo project: Free translation of website and documents for non-profit organisations. A project managed by Mondo Agit. Translator: Ruby Gritt  
Educate Smiles