It can be a challenge for Slovenian young people to find and keep well-paying positions in the work-force, even for those with a good education. Not only has the economic crisis taken a drastic toll on the job-market, but many are not ready for its challenges and lack the job- and interpersonal-skills necessary to perform well in the workplace and cope with stress and other trying factors.
Sonce v Srcu's Youth Volunteer Club aims to assist students and young professionals in developing their skills in communication, team-working, leadership, problem-solving and conversational English, among others. The program provides motivational counseling, volunteer opportunities and personal development workshops. The workshops focus on topics such as stress management and mental well-being, relations with people and confidence in communication skills.
A primary function of the youth club is a platform for incubating volunteer efforts, encouraging individuals to develop their interpersonal skills as well as find fulfillment through actively helping others. The experiences provide a step back from daily routine and a new perspective on the challenges and hardships some people face, and what really counts in life.
Participants brainstorm ideas for and then help to organize the logistics of the volunteer endeavors. These discussions are held in English, thus giving the students an opportunity to practice their English language skills.
Volunteer events may include bringing gifts and a puppet show to a pediatric hospital, a musical performance at a home for the elderly, distributing food at a shelter or fun and games at a school for special needs children.