We were in Romania alongside volunteers from Salesforce, DocuSign, Apple, and Netflix who collaborated with HHC Romania to enhance job prospects and self-esteem for children and young adults in Romanian state care. They conducted a two-week training program focusing on English, IT skills, workforce development, and soft skills.
We sent out a survey to all participants to gather feedback, and this is what we heard:
How might we enhance job prospects and self-esteem for children and young adults in Romanian state care through comprehensive education in English, workforce development, professional development and IT & Computers?
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Venture 2 Impact (V2I) partnered with Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) in Baia Mare, Romania. In supporting both HHC and their beneficiaries, V2I volunteers provided training and mentorship to young adults who have experienced life in the institutionalized orphanage system and children who currently live in small family homes, under state care. Based on past experiences with successful projects implemented alongside Hope and Homes Romania, V2I learned that the skills the children and young adults benefited from learning the most included:
Due to the success of these previous projects and the positive relationship that V2I created with their partner, Hope and Homes Romania, Venture 2 Impact facilitated an additional in-person volunteer opportunity from June-July of 2023.
Two groups of 9-10 skills-based volunteers from Salesforce, DocuSign, Apple and Netflix, traveled to Baia Mare, Romania in order to facilitate two weeks of training and development sessions for children and young adults in state care. The collaboration to develop the curriculum with HHC Romania was facilitated virtually as the employees who volunteered spanned multiple regions across the country.
The objectives of the curriculum included: