What do formerly abandoned children need to become independent young adults?
Comunidad Girasoles works with youth and young adults transitioning out of orphanages and residential care centers, including Casa Girasoles Homes.The Community ensures continuity within the residential programs and provides support for young adults as they learn to be self-reliant and independent.
The youth and young adults in the Community go through psychological counseling and join peer mentoring sessions. Every counselor has years of experience and has been trained in addressing the specific issues faced by transition-age youth; many of the peer mentors have also been in residential programs themselves and understand what participants are going through. The participants also learn to tap services offered by the government, NGOs, and faith-based organizations. With self-advocacy skills and knowledge in navigating the support system, they become young citizens driving their own progress and eager to become productive members of society.
Within the next few years, our goal is to extend the network and services of Comunidad Girasoles to more young adults, including adolescent girls.