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Blog: Young Guns take their first step

It all started last Wednesday, October 7. More than 100 people gathered at KC Dunaj in downtown Bratislava, with one aim: to find out what Young Guns can give them and what it actually is.

Young Guns gathered for their first workshop. (Source: Michaela Klanicova)

Youth unemployment is still high in Slovakia. Young people are facing an enormous economic, lifestyle and technology turbulences. They are unable to find a job mainly due to no access to proper and relevant education, wrong choice of high school or college and lack of motivation to look for a job. The project Young Guns addresses all these challenges by focusing on and educating high school students, lecturing college students and motivating and mentoring young unemployed or unhappily employed people.

On October 7, I made my way to “Kacecko” with high expectations. When the elevator stopped at the 4th floor, I was shocked: so many people waiting to register for the first workshop! 

Okay, five minutes later I had my name tag, pen and notebook, ready to put down any ideas that would occur to me during the workshop. I found a good place to sit, no too far from the cloakroom and the door, just in case I change my mind and run away. 

During the initial greetings I learned that the Young Guns project was organised by the alumni of the Fulbright Alumni Association in cooperation with the US Embassy in Slovakia. After the speech from the US Embassy representative we were ready to start the first YG workshop. Yey!!

The first workshop carried the name Psychology of unemployment. The KC Dunaj owner, Ivan Patoprsty, told us how to make dreams come true even though it’s not always easy. He said we need to work on it and still think positive. The next speaker, Milica Schraggerova, professor from the Comenius University in Bratislava, gave us some basic information about unemployment and why people get depressed when they don’t have a job. Having a job is beneficial for a person also in ways that are not directly visible, like providing time framework or social contact. 

After the keynote talks we had some time to talk together and network with our fellow project participants. 

The workshop charged me with positive energy and gave me an idea how the Young Guns project can help me and what it can give me. I am already looking forward to the next one on Wednesday. 

 

By Sofia Kósová, student and Young Guns participant

 

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