Our organization has been dealing with young people since 1996, and we can say that we have crawled under their skin, as well as young people did tha same to us. In recent years, we have developed mainly in the areas of social and psychological assistance in the framework of various sustainable programs. As part of the "Posluh" (Listen) program, we confront young people in schools with the lives of different peers. We do this in such a way that e.g. the transgender person presents their emotional side of growing up in a different way in front of the whole class at different schools and for different ages. Within the MAS - Youth Action Group, we encourage young people to become active citizens in various fields (ecology, empathy, ...). "Let the schoolbag not be a fight" is a program where we tested the system, prepared legal bases, medical documentation, cases from abroad, performed measurements on more than 1000 students and are currently conducting a pilot attempt to reduce the weight of school bags in one of the primary schools. Our most extensive program is the Šteker Center, a center for help and support in the excessive use of digital technologies, which is included in the Social ministry social protection programs. As part of the program, we carry out preventive activities (mostly at schools in the region), as well as individual counseling in two counseling centers (Maribor and Murska Sobota). We are the organizers of one of the largest professional conferences in the field of overuse and impact of digital technologies, which is held once a year with attendance of more than 200 professionals, consultants, teachers.
In all these years of our operation, we have forged strong ties with many professional institutions in the sector (private and public health, social care, youth institutions), as well as with educational and research institutions (mostly primary and secondary schools in the region, University , ...) and we keep open doors for further collaborations.
We are no strangers to cooperating and negotiating with the government sector, lobbying for politics and similar approaches to achieving goals. We can even argue that we handle this well.
Currently, the association has 8 full-time employees (November 2020), of which 5 are professionals from various professional fields. Some other professionals from areas that we do not cover with our employees work part-time or pro-bono for us. In this way, programs can be implemented interdisciplinary. All participating professionals and associates are signatories to the Code of Ethics of the Social Chamber and are involved in external supervision by supervisor Suzana Padežanin Lavuger.
We are members of several networks and organizations, both in Slovenia and abroad. We regularly attend professional conferences, trainings and workshops in various fields.
We are a qualified organization for project management, partner coordination etc. We have already shown this in several programs, we regularly apply in a similar form and carry out various tenders (MDDSZ, MIZŠ, MZ, MOM, ...).
The basic office, with a size of 70m2, allows up to 9 employees to work, and we also share many more space with different organisations in KC Pekarna, Ob železnici 16, 2000 Maribor. We also manage the premises of the youth center and club MC Pekarna, which measures over 500m2. At Slovenska 44 in Murska Sobota we have an office and a counseling center, which is open at least once a week. Additionally, we can project the use of local youth council premises for workshops, lectures, ...
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