THE FUTURE IS OURS 3
Caritas Satu Mare
Country/Town: România, Ardud, Satu Mare County
Topic: Career Development

A job for

the future

Why?

Ardud is a small-size town in Satu Mare County, where the Roma community is the second largest minority group. The young Roma people represent a vulnerable category, especially when it comes to social and professional inclusion because a significant part of these young people come from families used with inequality or discrimination.

The aim

Caritas Satu Mare started this project having in mind a plan which includes career development activities for young Roma in order to prepare them for their professional life and to bring them closer to job opportunities. Young people with the ages between 17 and 25 will benefit from constant support and empowerment, enabling them to develop a career path. Thus, the project aligns with the core values of the organization: love, human dignity, responsibility, solidarity and equality.

Project

Timeline

Consisted in a successful attempt to gather and coordinate diverse young participants coming from different localities such as Ardud, Turulung, Lazuri, Peleș, Dorolț, Porumbești, Cidreag and Satu Mare. In total, 6 groups were formed and together they joined the Future is Ours 3 project in August 2017. As the project unfolded, one of the most delicate aspects was the fact that, among the Roma youth enrolled in the programme, a disproportion could be seen in terms of social equality: 70% disadvantaged and 30% non-disadvantaged youth. This interaction between groups with different background helped participants to create awareness in their communities, but also to prevent prejudices, accept each other, as well as to expand their social network.

The beginning of organised programmes which aimed to develop the interest of the young participants in the opportunities existing on the labour market. The programmes helped to build the young people’s relationship with specialists and with professionals and through the field study visits paid to companies, institutions, and factories from other communities (from masonry factories to local bakers), young people understood better what different work environments mean for a future career.

Marked by the consolidation of the immediate results after young Roma people attended these programmes:

  • Individual level: participants became aware of their goals, their system of values, the skills and their ability to develop a constructive approach towards their career goals by developing confrontational strategies, by participating in trainings and by being involved in workshops, thus obtaining concrete practical experience needed in the professional world.
  • Community level: participants developed a long term network of relationships that actively supports the development of human resources.

Important people

and resources

The project team

Without the engagement and drive of the project coordinators who acted like a steady core of all the developed programmes, the positive results in the communities of Roma youth could have never been achieved or the obstacles surpassed. All the more true when, in the beginning, the environment seemed so hostile toward this kind of initiative

The Erste and Simpact team

The true partnership that was build up was really important for the project survival

The local support from brands and organizations

Pink Trans, Weinberger SRL, WaWi SRL, Beauty salon Antonella, ArtBrutaria Micu SRL, Fundaţia Hans Lidner.

Achievements

121 young people who continued their study due to “Future is Ours 3”project. This is seen as an important fact because, in general, among Roma communities the rate of high-school dropouts is very high

  • 5 young people got a job after attending these programmes;
  • 2 young people changed their school specialization after learning more about job opportunities, more about their skills and passions.

Challenges

Obstacles

“A big obstacle faced throughout this project was the youth’s lack of perseverance. And this is something usual within their families.. Namely, when they have to face an issue, they do not search for means and modalities of disentangling it, but simply and too often give up. This was our challenge: raising their level of perseverance and their abilities to solve conflicts. The main reason was because in a professional environment, like their future job, these abilities are very important – so the weekly programme that The Future Is Ours 3 developed aims to create a place where they can discuss and share their own challenges and where they can learn and support each other.

Another big obstacle is the fact that 6 young people have not found a job yet. “
(Borsi Zsuzsa, project coordinator.)