Malta – Past Pupils to start Mentoring Programme for homeless young persons

22 May 2019

(ANS – Sliema) – A mentoring programme to assist young homeless persons was launched in May by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco. This Erasmus+ EU Funded programme will help these vulnerable persons in discovering more about themselves and their environment to follow a path of higher achievement and stability. The programme was launched under the title “Mentor Power” in the form of a handbook and training manual and over 20 organizations come together to attend the “Mentor Power” seminar. Together these tools will be used by the Salesians in a pilot programme aimed at reintegrating young persons back into the community.

In this European project, there were other partners including “Osanna Pia Home”, Malta; “Zdruzenie exallievov don Bosca na Slovensku” – Slovakia; “Cunamh Teo” (Salesians of Don Bosco) - Ireland; “Centro di Fraternità Exallievi di Don Bosco – Alberto Marvelli” – Italy; “Confederacion Nacional de Antiguos Alumnos y Antiguas Alumnas de Don Bosco” – Spain.

Bryan Magro, President of the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, the lead organisation on the project, said: “Our intention was to create a handbook and training guide that would be implemented in our own mentoring programme. But we also wanted to create a tool that can also be used by other organisations in developing their own programmes to help vulnerable young persons. The response to this project by other NGOs was overwhelming and we are also looking at ways of collaborating with each other on further projects related to mentoring”.

The Maltese National Federation will also be opening “Marvelli Residence” this summer, which will be a new home for three young people who are homeless or lack the support of a family.

This project is in partnership with the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta and Osanna Pia Home.


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