In the academic year 2018-2019 (beginning of July 2018 – end of July 2019) the EIS Postgraduate School EIS of the LUMSA University of Rome, organized a Service-Learning (SL) project in partnership with the ELIS Association and financed by the San Paolo Foundation.
The project – entitled “Hope: Build your future: personal and professional development for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors” (MSNA) – was aimed at young foreigners from 14 to 18 years old and was designed to promote their social and cultural integration and to provide them with personal and professional tools suitable for a more effective, rapid and sustainable integration into the world of work.
The minors were supported by a University Tutor in a logic of peer to peer education and mentoring.
The LUMSA tutors involved were 35 students from different degree courses in the Department of Human Sciences:
- Educational Sciences (L19)
- Planning and Management of Educational and Training Services (LM50)
- Psychological Sciences and Techniques (L24) and Psychology (LM51)
The student-tutors, before starting the SL activities with MSNA (Direct SL), participated in training courses in order to acquire methodologies and know-how suitable to relate with the minors-beneficiaries of the project. The student met with the minor once a week, with the aim of establishing a positive relationship and effective communication, supporting him/her in his/her career path, listening to him/her and welcoming him/her, showing a positive role model, acknowledging any problems reported by the minor and helping him/her with resolution strategies. In brief, to generate a positive change from the initial situation.
At the same time, student-tutors had access to “psychological support” with a professional psychologist, whose objective was to share the progress of tutoring (both group and individual), reflect on the experience and monitor the overall impact of the initiative.
In addition to tutoring, the minors participated in training activities: courses on self-empowerment, self-entrepreneurship and soft skills; workshop activities for learning a profession (plumbing, maintenance and industrial mechanics); recreational activities and positive socialization (sports, team cooking, etc.); Italian-situational workshops.
Institution: LUMSA University of Rome
Contact person: Irene Culcasi
# of students: 35
Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face
Academic Degree: Undergraduate
Discipline(s): Psychology | Education
Community Service Area & ODS: Reducing inequalities | Quality education | Good health and well-being
The impact of university Service-Learning: The Hope project