Servicios para la Autonomìa

Contribute to the strengthening of young people without parental care in the transition from the protection system to adult life

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  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Mariana Incarnato

Initiative's representative date of birth

01/08/2020 propuesta

Initiative’s representative gender

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Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Argentina

Where are you making a difference?


Website or social media url(s)

When was your organisation founded?

August 2010

Focus areas

  • Financial skills and capability

Project Stage

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $10k - $50k

Organisation Type

  • Civil Society

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

When I was working in a Public Hospital, it took my attenion that som teenagers didn´t need to stay there, but nobody let them go to their homes. So, I started to look for an answer and i realice there were “social patients”. I mean: they did´t have a mental or phisical disease, but they didn´t have home. If Hospital send them home, they would have been in the streets.Most of that patients were institucionlized, they didn´t have family so that was the beginning

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

When they turn 18, the period of care on the part of the State ends and they remain on the street, without being prepared to fend for themselves. Thus, young people are not guaranteed shelter, food, health or education. Faced with this reality, the socio-labor and educational insertion program emerges to accompany this process of transit to adult life

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The Services for Autonomy (SPA) program aims to improve the living conditions of adolescents and young people who live or lived in institutions of the alternative care system. This is done through a series of services that unify the view of the needs of young people, offering resources that allow not only to improve employability conditions for inclusion in the labor market, but also to build the necessary bridges from education to that young people can finish their studies, return to school if they have abandoned it or sustain their schooling. The services offered are aimed at improving autonomy through labor and educational inclusion, therapeutic and legal support, and participation in peer groups. Developing resources and learning to manage them is key for them to develop an autonomous and full life project. In addition, DONCEL proposes to involve other actors, such as the State, civil society organizations, businesses and the entire community to commit and help young people without family care have the possibility of decent work.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

In Doncel, we not only generate a training program for young people to develop job skills, we also match work and educational opportunities by building a network of educational and labor institutions to which young people are referred. In turn, we encourage peer support: accompanying and framing support groups in the process of leaving homes. In addition, issues of rights, citizenship and youth participation are worked on.

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

The project proposes two moments of work oriented to provide tools to develop skills that young people need to exercise to enter the labor market. One of them is in the line of training in soft skills, teaching through precise dynamics that favor the exchange, joint reflection and implementation of skills and resources to work in teams, find assertive communication modes, assume commitments and responsibilities, and exercise critical thinking. In turn, incorporate fundamental tips to develop the curriculum vitae, recognizing their own skills and attitudes based on their own life trajectories. In a second moment they rehearse job interviews, both individual and group, with actors from the human resources area of ​​different companies with whom the organization articulates.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

Young people are demystifying pre-conceived ideas about a way of being, behaving and acting in front of others. In this learning process there are changes in attitude, from not knowing how to listen to allowing active listening and improving the way of communicating, from a certain reluctance to participate in a marked predisposition for collaborative work; capacity for decision making and initiative to propose own ideas. A baseline is conducted to inquire about your previous ideas, skills and expectations, and after completing the training process a closing survey.

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The difference is in the way of implementing the meetings and favoring the learning, we focus on promoting, sustaining and nurturing the group spaces, fostering the relationship between peers, in turn the dynamics of the meetings encourage generating a collaborative work frame, where knowledge is not limited to the trainer on duty, but circulates and it is the same students who at different times teach us from their experiences.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

The young people who participate in the program, in addition to being part of a group that gives them a renewal of identity, have individual references that accompany their trajectories and their decisions, with listening, providing alternative solutions, containment and motivation. Of the 100% of young people participating in the program (150 young people, distributed in different provinces of the country) at least 40% get jobs after the training process. Half get the job through allied companies, the other half get jobs by their own means (accompanied by the organization, but not in network companies), which confirms the importance of training not only in hard skills but, on all in the skills that are related to the motivational.

10. Team

1 General coordination / 1 Pedagogical coordination / 1 emotional reference every 10 young people / 3 Workshop by headquarters and 3 Social and labor references.


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