A new group of 19 YouthBuild students have started their activities at the beginning of March. The young people, with ages between 16 and 35, have applied to the program to obtain a professional qualification, a driving license and participate in nonformal education activities and English classes.
The first course was an opportunity of getting to know each other for the participants. It became a space of discussion on topics such as what it means to be responsible and what it means to be different.
In the words of the YouthBuild students, to be responsible means to take care of everyone and everything around you. It means completing the tasks that depend on you. And to be different? It really isn’t an issue – whether they are part of the majority or Roma, people with dissabilities or not, whether they grew up in the middle of a city or at its edge, in a smaller or larger village, everyone is a person.
And the participants put into practice their words from the first meeting. They contributed at building a community center in Cojocna. The project, initiated by father Rednic, is where the previous YouthBuild generation also did they volunteer work. The boys continued their work at the building’s foundation, as the girls organized construction materials and, by the end of the day, were putting together the skeletons of enforcement belts.
As the students grow with the help of nonformal education activities and community service actions, they are also persevering at the professional qualification courses. Ten of them are learning manicure-pedicure, six of them are doing hairdressing classes and three others are studying for their driving license on transport autos.
They are concentrating all their efforts in graduating the program with success. The qualification and graduation diploma from the program means more employment opportunities and more flexibility in how they choose to work. But until then, they keep learning from each other, from the classes, and from themselves, as they serve the community they are a part of.