Giving Back The Smile to Street Children


ILP: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Posted on 11/18/16 in General News

Sunday 02 October. The young adults of the Foundation were all gathered in SiBuHi Center. On the mirror at the back, a white sheet on which the words "The Rising Youth - All for One, all for change" are cut out in letters of colored paper.

It was a great day for the Foundation's teenagers. It was the day when they elected the officers who, for the next sessions of the Independent Living Program (ILP), will be leading them to motivate them and to accompany them in their different activities and workshops. "It was important for young people to vote for their representatives," recalls Ate Faidah, coordinator of ILP. "Thus, young adults practice their right to nominate and vote. They also become aware of the importance of choosing a representative and all the implications that this entails. "

 

 

  

 

At the end of September, the nominees had the chance to prepare a campaign to defend their candidacy. "It's something they do not necessarily realize, but presenting yourself as a representative for the ILP is something he/she can add on his/her resume," continues Ate Faidah. "It's true that it can become stressful, but it's really a chance to show a sense of initiative and responsibility. There is something to be proud of."

 

The 2nd day of October was organized by the young people of the program—from speech to games to activities with the public (parents of different Houses, program representatives, etc. The teenagers managed everything, budgetting for refreshments and coordinating with the various departments of the Foundation in order to have the necessary equipment for the day.

"I am very proud of what they have been able to accomplish in a very short time," says the coordinator of the ILP program. "For this election day, I was rarely present. They truly took charge and proved they were capable of great things. The newly elected members are highly motivated and brimming with ideas. They have already planned many activities to serve the children of the neighborhood. They even planned to set up a tutoring and a homework help for the younger children. "

 

  

 

ILP aims to support and empower young adults to become autonomous and independent. Thanks to the endowment fund set up by the AccorHotels group, Solidarity AccorHotels, fifty young people of the Foundation are accompanied towards a global autonomy through programs of social and professional training.

 

Want to support Virlanie's ILP? Email info@virlanie.org.



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