Naples (Italy). On 24 February 2022, in online mode, the formation course in Entrepreneurship for young people aged 18 to 30 began, promoted by the Southern Province of Our Lady of Good Counsel (IMR) as part of the Project PROJ (Joy – Job – Join).

The Project PROJ was born in September 2020 from the desire of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of the Province and the lay volunteers to respond to the need for formation, active search for work and integration, and social leadership of young people from Southern Italy, often forced to leave their land to look for a better future. Following the example of Don Bosco, there was an urgent need to be close to young people and to seek with them new perspectives for their own lives.

The first steps of the project were: the certification of skills through the issue of Digital Badges, the digital tool that attests and certifies the achievement of formation objectives, experiences, and skills, to animators who during the summer of 2021  provided their service in the oratories and in summer camps that have been recognized for the acquisition of skills acquired in non-formal contexts; the organization of guidance windows for the compilation of curriculum vitae, and presentation cover letters; formation “in pills”.

These services were handled by Operators of the Professional Formation Centers present in the Regions of Calabria, Puglia, Campania and by lay volunteer Professionals, who made their skills and experiences available.

In the wake of these first actions, the need arose to “dream big with young people”, starting from their resources. Planned and being realized is Start-up, a Course of entrepreneurship training.

The first two meetings will take place via a virtual platform (24 February and 16 February), while the third, lasting a weekend (2-3 April 2022), will bring together the young people who during the course, will have presented the best start-up ideas.  Business projects will be presented to possible financiers and will be supported by the Institute of the F and the social network of which our FMA realities are carriers.

“Let’s not give up on great dreams! Great dreams arise from great choices, great choices make life great”.

(Pope Francis, Homily 22 November 2020)


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