Over $1,300,000 in New Programs
The Romanian-American Foundation continues its mission to make real changes in Romanian society, supporting another three educational and entrepreneurial programs with over $ 1,300,000.
”ACT-IV – Career Counseling”, a career guidance and counseling program at the secondary school level, will be implemented in partnership with Asociația Alternative Sociale, School Inspectorates and Houses of Teachers from eight counties in the region of Moldova. This program, the first of its scale in Romania, will last three years and train 800 teachers and school counselors who will, in turn, work with 20,000 students. Through this program RAF aims to encourage school completion among students in small towns and rural areas, and provide them with the tools to secure meaningful employment after graduation.
”IMPACT Program” will consolidate and promote an innovative model of non-formal education through student extracurricular clubs. These “IMPACT clubs” encourage entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving, and will create grassroots community development and volunteerism in small towns and rural areas. Given the current context of EU funding available to such areas which goes largely un-accessed, RAF considers this project to be value added not only for participants, but for Romanian society. RAF undertakes this program in partnership with Fundația Noi Orizonturi, the Center for Democratic Studies (Babeș-Bolyai), and School Inspectorates from nine counties. The program will last two years, involve 200 teachers and over 1,000 students, and will yield at least 300 community development projects. RAF hopes this program will also raise awareness among schools, teachers, and local and national authorities about the importance of non-formal education for creating empowered, proactive citizens.
”Green Entrepreneurship” aims to promote a model of development for regions with untapped economic potential and a tradition of stewardship of natural and cultural resources. This model is centered around clusters of social enterprises—commercial entities whose profits support environmental and local development NGOs which, in turn, serve their communities. The program manager is the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (REPF), with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) acting as partner. During the program’s three years, at least five new environment-related social enterprises will be established and 25-30 new jobs created. Additionally, at least 60-100 local producers and service providers connect to a supply and distribution chain, further strengthening local economies. Romania can then transform the intrinsic value of these regions into competitive advantage, something which RAF considers to be powerful motivation for supporting this program for sustainable economic development.
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