COVID Outreach Program
How have we been supporting?
WeLive Foundation has been running online workshops for children in CCIs in Bengaluru from June 2020 with the help of trained professionals. These workshops are built on the 2 pillars of our aftercare program and they have been running for more than 10-12 weeks in the CCIs with sessions being held weekly once or twice or thrice for 60-90 minutes each.
The workshops are intended as a free space for children to interact, express and think during corona times when they are confined and unable to lead their normal lives. The confinement has deprived them of meaningful adult interaction and the altered way of living has left them confused and lost. The workshops are providing them much-needed respite and a supportive, non pressurising atmosphere for them to pause and reflect. The feedback has been encouraging with participants and CCIs saying that the workshops were a new and useful learning experience for them.
Learner-centric teaching methodology, different tools of storytelling, neuro-linguistic programming, peer learning, group discussions, games, online teaching aids are being used in these sessions. The challenges of online medium, limited device access, schedule constraints are being overcome to ensure effective delivery of sessions where each individual participant gets ample opportunity to learn and perform. The facilitators handling the sessions are certified coaches, experienced, invested professionals and the expertise and involvement they bring ensure content quality and delivery.
Some of the topics on which workshops have been conducted so far are:
– Well-being: Self Awareness, Self-Management, Self-Leadership
– Work Readiness: Speaking English, Career Counselling, Interview Skills
The workshops are designed to improve the capability of participants in English, communication, confidence, motivation, problem-solving, time management, self-care, habit formation, positive thinking, managing emotions, creativity etc. WeLive Foundation is also helping youth in and alumni of these CCIs get access to the right kind of career expertise/advice in their chosen field to counsel them.
Another purpose is to encourage the participants to realise their inherent capacity and set higher targets for themselves through the provision of a positive, appreciative, non-judgmental atmosphere in the workshops.
WeLive Foundation has reached out to 111 children across 8 organisations through these workshops and engaged with them for around 100 hours across 10-12 weeks. With this sizeable duration of engagement, it has become possible to establish a warm rapport with the children and the CCIs.
The Well-Being pillar will meet the needs of 4 domains: Physical Health, Emotional Well-being, Social Support & Interpersonal Skills, Independent Living Skills
The Work Readiness pillar will meet the needs of 4 domains: Education & Vocational skills, Financial Independence & Career, Identity & Legal Awareness, Housing
Enabling them to work at part-time/full-time jobs for the duration that they are with us is an important requirement for us. At WeLive Foundation, the young people in our care will have to earn income to take care of their needs while studying or acquiring skills for their future. We will support them with the investment for their future while they work in the present to support themselves. This will promote self-reliance, self-respect, freedom and dignity in our WeLive youth while we fulfill the societal duty of caring for them through high quality facilities, caregiving and guidance. The care and affection in the community living supplemented with a robust peer and mentor network will provide the atmosphere for them to grow further as capable, independent adults.
With such design principles forming the backbone of our program, we will have the potential to reach out to a few thousand young people across multiple cities through replication of our model.
What change do you see in yourself because of the workshop sessions?
“I have seen that I have got some confidence and I can solve my problems by myself.”
“I learnt to solve problems and find a solution and also think positive.”