The Youth Department of the Torrevieja City Council is selecting young people to participate in the JOOP program in its seventh edition, and whose course will start on Tuesday, February 21. As reported by the Youth Councilor, Domingo Paredes, it is an initiative promoted by the Institut Valencià de la Joventut (IVAJ) and financed by the European Social Fund, whose objective is to motivate and guide young people between 16 and 21 years of age who have abandoned studies.
Young people between the ages of 16 and 21 from Torrevieja can participate in the program, who neither study nor work, some completed ESO, others did not, some even started high school or a FP but none of them have managed to obtain at least a technical degree medium. Outside the educational system and with few expectations in the labor market, they are young people who are going through a moment of uncertainty in their lives.
As a second chance program, JOOP comes to their support and will constitute, for them, a vital experience of change. The objective is to get these boys and girls to return to the educational system to complete a Medium Grade Vocational Training. Previously, they will need an intervention that works on their motivation, reinforces their self-esteem and helps them build a comprehensive life project. To do this, they use a pedagogical tool such as ATTITUDINAL COACHING, in groups of between 10 and 15 participants.
The program will also provide them with guidance on the different professional FP families, but from an absolutely practical approach: by visiting 20 host companies, where they will show them the real work that each FP degree leads to.
It is about that, in one of these visits, the boys and girls of JOOP (the joopers) discover their vocation and, that discovery, can provide them with the necessary energy to make the decision to return to their studies.
For those young people who have not graduated from ESO, JOOP offers them an academic training module to prepare for the intermediate level FP entrance exam. For the other joopers in the group, academic refresher sessions will be held, which will allow them, the following year, to face the return to the educational system with greater chances of success.
The program will take place in the mornings, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and will be complemented by periodic individual meeting sessions between each student and their coach. During the six months following the end of the course, monthly group meetings will be held to monitor the students.
The selection process for participants is currently underway in our city, with interviews with people referred from the Guidance Department of Educational Centers and Social Services.
The program is financed by the European Social Fund and its goal is to reduce Early Educational Dropout (AET), a problem with enormous incidence in the Valencian Community, where the levels are higher than the state average rate and one of the highest in Europe.
For more information and registration:
Department of Youth – Youth Information and Animation Center (CIAJ), Paseo Juan Aparicio, nº 5.