2013 Charity Foundation Alisher Usmanov “the Art, science and sport”* implements project “With confidence to the future” that prepares teenagers in difficult life situations to independent living and choice the professional sphere. This year the charity project is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
The project is divided into three areas:
Holding webinars on the online platform in orphanages across Russia (2 webinars a week every year from October to may)
Organization of outreach activities for the most active participants in webinars (2 times a year, each event involved 100 adolescents)
Mentoring — actively working with students of pedagogical Universities and volunteer organizations
Online platform and social networks allow you to expand the geographic scope of participation in the project and help each participant to be heard. Through their personal electronic classrooms pupils watch educational programs, listen to inspirational lectures by renowned speakers, do homework, and participate in creative competitions. Webinar topics: financial literacy, social engineering, design, law, oratory and many others. Experienced teachers and representatives from each of the professional spheres talk about the features of professions required knowledge
and skills for its acquisition, share inspiring stories and give practical advice. By results of work on the webinars and the assignments the children are given scores at the end of the school year can be exchanged for valuable prizes.
Twice a year the project participants gather for shared trips where personally acquainted with teachers and curators. They are held in major children’s health centers and camps, including “Artek”, “Eaglet”, “Change”, and many others.
For example, from 18 February to 3 March this year in VDTs “Change” was held a vocational meeting “the Start of a bright life”, which was attended by 100 children from orphanages of the 15 regions. The program “Start in the vibrant life” was intended to inspire the participants and show them a wide variety of opportunities for professional fulfillment, to help them formulate goals and plan the first steps to achieve them. Partners of the meeting were the leading teachers and coaches are the largest of the consulting Agency “Design career”, which helped the children to make balanced and informed choices to reach their potential and inspire achievement.
Over the past five years, workshops for participants of the project carried out by professionals in various fields, among whom were such famous personalities as actress Irina Gorbacheva, football player Fedor Smolov, speed skater Svetlana Zhurova, actor Timur Solovyov, journalist Maxim Sharafutdinov, Director of the Museum of modern art “Garage” Anton Belov, DJ Vadim Voronov and others.
In addition, one of the main components of the project is the development of a culture of mentorship among volunteers and recruiting new mentors for the boys. Volunteers become students of pedagogical higher education institutions and employees of social institutions. They receive invaluable personal and teaching experience, and a bonus in the form of invitations to meetings, where they improve their skills, gain valuable contacts and spend time in a circle of like-minded people.
In 2016, the project “With confidence to the future” was awarded a diploma of the fourth Annual program “Best social projects of Russia” the Fund “Social projects” in the nomination “Projects to support socially vulnerable layers of the population.”