NGO ÖÖKULL Astrid Mats Miina Tariq Estonia 2008
Main goal To help and evolve children an youngsters without parental care and also help their parents/custodian in order to prevent criminality.
Target group Children under the age of 18, who have lost their home, family or safe living- environment-those who are just with problematic social background.
Main activities Children and youth centre: youth work, catering, camps, cultural and educational evenings from Tuesday to Saturday etc. Projects: drug abuse prevention, social skills training, creativity development, film class, hiking etc. Rehabilitation: counselling, family work, group work.
Main activities Voluntary work and European Voluntary Service: trainings, youngsters own projects, events etc. Developing network: cooperation in local, national and international level.
Girls Club 2002-2008 (6 years) Target group: girls who belong to high- risk group in Öökulls centre, Christian home, “Tartu shelter” aged 13-17. In one group there are usually 12 girls, both Estonian and Russian speaking youngsters.
Characteristics of the target group Problems in studying Emotionally-socially-economically risk families One parent, stepparent or institutions Lack of confidence Violence experience Gangs Substance abuse Starting sexual life early Young mothers Negative self-concept, low self-esteem Lack of info about helping possibilities
Backround of the project Financed by Tartu County, World Childhood Foundation The benefits of group work Positive feedback
Methods Forum theater Group work and discussions Quarterly meetings with mothers Visiting different institutions Practising voluntary work Creative methods Participants working folder Games Culture activities Different information materials and tests Documentation Analysing the work 1 time per month
Situation in Estonia Politics Interview with Liia Hänni*biggest barriers to women running for public office*participation in political parties; legaslative and executive*opinion about global network Issue of quotas*former communist countries*instrument to enlarge women´s political representation
Estonian female politicians and quotas “Gender quotas are humiliating” (Lauristin 2007: 133) “Definitely not supporting” (Kivi 2007: 225) “Not supporting any artificial means” (Saks 2007: 242) “Not in Estonian conditions” (Ojuland 2007: 270) “Jes, I support gender quotas” (Hänni 2007: 160) “Not whether woman´s political representation should be enlarged, but rather how it should be done?” Liisa Vask 2007
Research among girls and young woman summer 2008 64 answers Results:*Does girls and young women need mentors?*Main topics to to get guidance about?*Already recived help?
Institutions/Projects The Estonian Women´s Studies and Research Centre (ENUT) Only women´s resource center in Estonia• To increase awarness of gender equality• To encourage women to participate in different spheres of social, economic, politycal and academic life.• First specialised library on women´s and gender issues.• Promotes human rights, emowerment of women• Funded by European Union´s PHARE Macro Democracy Program• Femina Baltica network
Institutions/Projects The EAS (developmental department of enterpreunership)“The mentorship program for the starting enterpreneurs”• For business who have been given starting funds by EAS• Counseling, guiding, supporting,establishing connections• 25-30 successful cooperative pairs• Partners- Tartu Business Consultancy&Female Training Center
Institutions/Projects Estonian Agricultural Chamber of Commerce Cooperation with University of Agriculture of Scotland“Women up the career ladder”• Enlarge the importance of women in making economical decisions• Capacity to develop their career• Promote modern buisness methods• For female managers• Main stress on personal development• 9 out of 10 mentors were males
Institutions/Projects Caritas “ Mentoring”• Piloting project with other special youthwork institutions• For youngsters 12-15 who are sent by Juvenille Comission• To help youngsters back to school• To teach law obediance behaviour• Help to solve other problems
Institutions/Projects NGO Children Support Centre “Big Brother and Big Sister” project• International• Started 1997 in Tartu• Support persons for children and youngsters• For one year• Activities once a week
Institutions/Projects NGO Johannes Esto Mother and child shelter service• For pregnant women• Mothers under 3 years old children• 4 rooms with shower and kitchen• If the staying is longer than 24 h ,Social Aid Departement is being notified
Institutions/Projects NGO Good Start Family-visiting service for riskfamilies with infants• The mission is to help to create better possibilities of developement for Estonian children in their infanthood indipendent of their variates• For families who have problems with raising a child (alcoholism, disability, people from orphanage) by the decisoin made Social Appartement• Visiting families once a week• Project based
Institutions/Projects Estonian Union For Girl Scouts Youthleaders, preparation for life• Free time activities ( camps, orientating,survival skills, first aid)• Support system• Leaders are former participants• NGO
Institutions/Projects• “Mentorship Club” *communication amongst entrepreneurs• “Breaking stereotypes” * enlarging the potentcial of women in the fields of science and technology• “We friends” *Conference “Let us help to develop employment of woman”
National workshop General info:• In two parts: 30th of August & 2nd of October• 10 participants• Mostly dealing with girls and young women with a problematic social backround
National workshop Expectations:• Defining mentoring• Learning new methods• Situation in Estonia• Positive feedback
National workshop What they learned:• About training mentors• Group-mentoring• Situation in Estonia• Future cooperation
National workshop Methods in use:• Mentor to mentee-guiding, homework, practical skills, role-model, trust- relationship, teamwork, feedback, involving in the community• Mentor to mentor- Sharing know-how, motivating, giving a judgement
National workshop The problems:• Problems with financing(project-based, periods)• Unawareness, prejudices• Lack of interest in the voluntary work• High price of the necessary trainings• Scarce cooperation• Lack of personal contacts and time• Labor turnover
National workshop The needs:• Easier and continuous financing• Notifying community, generating interest• Value more the voluntary work• Contact making• Cooperation with other countries, sharing know-how• Roof- organization for better communication• Better feedback from NGO-s about the problems
National workshop European level:• Examples of caseworks• Conferences• New literature, methods• Workshops• Exchanging experienses and the know-how
Thank you! NGO Öökull Uus 56 Tartu Estonia, 50606E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +372 7380 350 www.ookull.ee
Institutions/Projects (III) Caritas Estonia“Mentorship Club” *communication (Tallinn) *January-May 2004“Breaking stereotypes” *science and technology“We friends” *conference 19.04.2008 “Let us help to develop employment of woman”