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Choosing Your Path helps unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece make positive decisions and realize their potential as young adults.

Choosing Your Path helps unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece make positive decisions and realize their potential as young adults.

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Choosing Your Path helps unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece make positive decisions and realize their potential as young adults.

Choosing Your Path helps unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece make positive decisions and realize their potential as young adults.

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Divya commented on Choosing Your Path

Hi Bremley,

Thank you so much for your feedback. We work directly with unaccompanied refugee minors in Athens, Greece, but some of them may move on to other countries, some may remain in Greece, and some may be sent back to their home countries. Though we cannot predict the futures of individual young people, we prepare them for adulthood through critical decision-making, skill-building, and goal-setting workshops, so that they may thrive instead of just survive no matter where their futures take them. Some will remain in Greece for the long term, while others are likely to once again be on the move in the future. By basing our workshops on the actual lived experiences of former unaccompanied minors, we are better able to prepare these youth for the challenges they face.

The results of our pilot phase show the following:
1) When refugee minors see staff present vignettes of former unaccompanied minors' lived experiences (including sensitive topics like being homeless or trying to illegally board a ship to Italy), they are more open to acknowledging that they have faced similar situations and discussing what their priorities, concerns, and thought processes are in those situation.
2) When youth see their own experiences reflected in the workshop material, they are more engaged in the sessions.
3) When staff demonstrate awareness of the situations that unaccompanied minors face, the youth more frequently to seek their advice regarding relevant situations.
4) A workshop curriculum based on interview data from actual refugee youth helps NCR staff the tailor their guidance and intervention strategies to better suit the needs, culture, knowledge, and aspirations of the unaccompanied minors.

I hope this clarifies the issues you raised. We will be adding a user experience map shortly.

Thanks,

Divya