ABLE Mentor Season 2: The Adventure “together for a better education” is now officially on stage!

2nd November – 4 Bulgarian cities (Sofia, Ruse, Stara Zagora and Burgas), more than 100 students and mentors, networking stacks and positive proton charges, unforgettable emotions – ABLE Mentor Season 2 is back again and now officially started! Sunday morning – Low mercury levels among the “heyday” of the November chill abruptly exploded to indulge in glamorous ecstasy dozens of mentors and students from all parts of the country within the official opening events of the wonderful project for the development of leadership and entrepreneurial potential among high school students ABLE Mentor. For a second time the program opens its doors, but this time across all the country, bearing the Olympic torch through different Bulgarian places in order to spread leadership spirit in an attempt to make educational environment for young native hopes more dynamic place by improving their personal and professional skills thanks to help of mentors – specialists, inspiring leaders in their professional fields with whom within 4 months students prepare a practical project with a focus on social, personal or entrepreneurial areas.
In all the cities, the event raised the curtain with an inspiring presentation regarding the main goals, guidelines and objectives for the teams consisting of mentors and students within the project and its main mission, refracted through the prism of formation of brave young people, confident in their abilities and potential contemplating constantly innovative and propulsion forces striving for a permanent change to a better future. Passions escalated while on the backstage of the impatient faces of people waiting to understand who their partners are enthusiasm, determination and energy for the upcoming adventure were reigning. After a headlong “presentation” knot amid the “shining” faces, the opening events culminated in numerous networking games that embodied mutual understanding of the mentor-student teams and the determination of their mutual goals during the program, putting to test their creativity and original approaches in the process of solving various mini-challenges. Hard work and innovation conquered the podium. Meanwhile, a colorful bouquet of entrepreneurial ideas, social and personal projects with exceptional value were born within the teams.
In Sofia, the event welcomed nearly 60 teams in the electrified, full of emotions Betahaus, proud partner of the project.
In Ruse, ABLE welcomed more than 20 teams, bringing together with their initiative other partners who supported the idea of local, including Start it Smart | Ruse, Buda House and the Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Rousse.
In Stara Zagora the project started with 8 teams including students and mentors from four locations. Partners from foundation “Leader 1” organized the event in an exciting and interesting way for the participants.
In Burgas 15 students and their mentors marked the opening of the program in the office of Youth Voice.
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ABLE Mentor : “Pre-premiere” of Season 2 is already a reality

On October 26, smiles, emotions and networking marked the beginning of the second of ABLE Mentor in Sofia. Like the first edition of the project, this event was “a prelaunch one” – it aims to bring together only the mentors in order to introduce them in the program as a whole, to train and prepare them for “the adventures and obstacles,” which they might encounter while working with students during the program.
Amid Sunday October morning “conquered” by the cold, dozens of mentors gathered to embark on the adventure “My high school student – the huge unknown” to learn more about what to expect from their “students”, how to meet their expectations and how to be as useful as possible for them during the program.
The event was started “under the flag” of a social networking game in which mentors had the opportunity to get to know each other, share experiences and mutually energize themselves. Each of them was given a piece of paper glued to their back, on which the others could express in a written form their impressions from the person with whom they met. After a colorful bouquet of positivism and smiling faces thanks to the game, the second part of the informal opening ceremony of the program provided the audience with a detailed presentation of the ABLE Mentor project, its objectives, and expectations regarding the product of the work in student-mentor teams, accompanied by a conceptual framework of the workflow (ABLE Mentor Canvas) as well as recommendations for its successful implementation. The principle “in theory, practice and theory are equivalent, but in practice – not” incarnated in a very funny, but also useful ending of the program. The last module of the event provided mentors with a “practical” and real concept of what they might expect and encounter during the program within the mentor-student relationship and the challenges associated with them. For this purpose, ABLE “ascended mentors on boards”, dividing them into groups of eight people, within which half of them had to act as students, and the rest – as mentors. Then they had to play 2-minute scenes in pairs based on cases distributed in advance in which different student profiles were described – from brats and inflated teens to shy and timid ones. In each group there were 4 mini plays including the roles mentor-student, in which both sides had to find ways to mutualy understand themselves, i.e. synchronize their language, right approaches for an effective communication by trying to recreate their case to maximum extent. After each play, different groups discussed what they understood from the case and prescribed advices and solutions in this case for ameliorating . Thus, after the 45-minute theatrical challenge, all teams reached their own conception of the proper functioning of a mentor-student relationship and the personal qualities of the two sides, of crucial importance for understanding and smooth communication and workflow. Then all the groups presented their ideas to the others in order to build the common “product” of their Sunday training, summarize the important lessons and directions in working with students during the project. Eventually, the event concluded with the presentations of the project “in action” and “in examples” from the perspective of Virginia Lazarova, Ivo Anev and Verina Lefterova, three mentors from the first season of the program who talked about their personal experience in working with students enriching the vision and the expectations of the new mentors.

Full of energy, enthusiasm and a bunch of expectations, accompanied by the “mystery” of their still unknown students, mentors, as well as the whole team of ABLE look forward to the official opening ceremony for the second season on 2 November (Sunday), which will offer a colorful range of surprises and positive emotions, bringing together students and mentors, ready to dive into the cause for a better future youth.

ABLE Mentor: Reloaded

The second season starts in the beginning of November. Students and Mentors can apply untill October 4th

With the beginning of the new school year the individual mentoring program ABLE Mentor starts again.

Our goal is to build a network of young professionals, ready to share their experience with students from 10th and 11th grade. Every student is appointed a mentor with experience in the field of the student’s interest. During the four months of the program the team of student and mentor work on a business, social or personal development project selected by the student.

The team of ABLE Mentor already has over 20 active members that take care to facilitate the communication between mentors and students and enable the teams by providing useful information and contacts as well as organizing the events of the program.

How to join

If you wish to join the program (as a student or a mentor) register on  www.ablementor.bg by October 4th 2014. If you are a mentor also send your CV or resume, and if you are a student – essay on the topic “What do I want to improve/achieve/develop.. and how” between 150 and 300 words(sent to [email protected]).

The official start of the program and the opening event will be on November 2-nd.

Previously on ABLE Mentor

During the last season of ABLE Mentor 37 teams of a student and a mentor completed successfully the program. More about their projects read  here (in Bulgarian).

Next on ABLE Mentor

The ABLE Mentor Alumni Network will be established in September. Its goal will be to create a network of the students and mentors that completed the program by far.

ABLE Mentor’s team is aiming at expanding the program outside of Sofia during this school term. Potential cities are Ruse, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Kazanlak and Burgas.

Betahaus is the newest partner of the mentoring program ABLE Mentor!

betahaus_sofia_ABLEThe co-working office space Betahaus is the newest partner of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs – ABLE in the realization of the project for individual mentorship ABLE Mentor.

On 02.02.2014 in the hall of Betahaus as a result of mutual collaboration took place the first information event of ABLE Mentor, attended by 33 mentors. They received detailed information about the next steps of the project, which first edition will last 16 weeks. The official start is scheduled for 09.02.2014 when all students and mentors selected to participate in the first edition of the mentoring program ABLE Mentor will get together for the first time, again in Betahaus. For more information, please visit www.ablementor.bg and www.betahaus.bg.

ABLE Mentor is a mentoring program of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs – ABLE. The project aims to connect students from 10th and 11th grade with young professionals with life experience in a network for sharing knowledge and skills. The program connects students and mentors into teams of two to work on common projects. The team building is based on the common interests of mentors and mentees. The core concept of ABLE Mentor is individual mentorship and building a sustainable relationship of trust between the participants – students and young professionals.

Betahaus is a co-working space. In other words: office space for people, who do not work in an office. It is located in the best part of Sofia neighborhood Lozenets in the bright and spacious reconstructed building of a former telephone exchange. It offers office desks for rent that go with informal environment, creative atmosphere, a network of fellows, a program of cultural and themed events, and the best coffee around. No commitment – you decide how often to come and how long to stay.