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Bridging the Gap

between generations, cultures, ages and perspectives

Bridging the Gap wants to contribute to a society where young people, regardless of the circumstances they live in today, have the conditions to gain new perspectives and increased hope for their own future. Their present circumstances need not have any bearing on the possibilities that the future holds.

Bridging the Gap would like to give employees the opportunity to participate in both a personally enriching, as well as enjoyable way, in the company's corporate sustainability work and in the work towards acheiving Agenda 2030. By sharing their life experience and professional expertise, the employee can have a big impact in a young person's life. With the help of a leadership consultant, this is also an opportunity to develop their personal leadership and communication skills.

For youth

For employees

An activity in collaboration with

Poverty encompasses more dimensions than just the economic. Poverty also means a lack of freedom, influence, health, education and security. It is usually called multidimensional poverty.

The global objectives of the goals are Leave No One Behind and Objective 10 highlights the importance of working for a society where no one is left behind when it comes to development. An equal society is based on the principle of everyone's equal rights and opportunities regardless of eg. gender, ethnicity, religion, functional variation, age and other conditions.

Peaceful communities and freedom from violence are both a goal and a means of sustainable development. Inclusivity, responsibilty and rightful institutions form the basis for good governance free from conflicts, corruption and violence. All people are equal before the law and should have equal access to justice and opportunities to exercise influence and accountability over decision making.

Bridging the Gap strives to help achieve the following sustainability goals in the UN Agenda 2030.

No poverty

Reduced Inequalities

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Bridging the Gap is a sustainibility activity for companies who would like to offer their employees the possibility to contribute to a more inclusive and open-minded Sweden.

In Sweden, about 110,000 children are born in one year. On average, 13 per cent of them end up in alienation, which means about 14,300 children per year. National economists Ingvar Nilsson and Anders Wadeskog have calculated that a lifelong social exclusion costs society at least SEK 10-30 million in the form of production losses, livelihoods and costs for any consequences such as abuse, illness or crime.

Research clearly shows that early intervention for exposed children has a decisive effect on their future physical and mental health. The ACE (Advanced Childhood Experience) study analyzed 17,000 adult middle-class Americans' childhood experiences. The study showed that many of our most common but difficult-to-solve health problems in society are actually people's unconscious solutions to childhood experiences that have been clouded over the years and protected by shame, secrecy, and social taboos to talk about certain things.

Exclusion

"You're popular if you have everything. You get teased if you have 'wrong' or 'unusual' things. Some don't have video games. They don't bring their friends home."

Boy 12 years old

-All agree that from a human perspective it is good to help children and young people on life's path in the form of having a job, a home and a family. Then when push comes to shove, there is always someone who says it is too expensive. What we are trying to do is to show that it is essentially far more expensive to refrain from intervening early, says Ingvar Nilsson in an interview by NKA.

About a quarter of all high school students in Sweden do not finish their high school studies on time. If a young boy or girl for various reasons, ie. family difficulties, is deferred from working life by five years because they have to finish school, it costs society about SEK 2.3 million. If, on the other hand, money was invested at earlier stages, you could instead get a lot of value for the money.

Students who drop out or fail to complete high school are four or five times more likely to land outside the labor market, than the one who completes their schooling. In order for all children and young people, regardless of the circumstances in which they live, to have the opportunity to grow up in a way that provides them with the conditions to be able to contribute to society, various societal stakeholders and institutions need to work together to make this possible.

This is what socio-economic vulnerability can look like in real life

  • You go to a school where teachers have low expectations of what you can achieve.
  • You live in an area that the media describe as a "problem"-area.
  • You and/or people in your neighborhood live in a family that does not have enough money to cover the month's basic expenses.
  • Even if you were born in Sweden, you are considered an immigrant.
  • The local organizations do not receive the attention or conditions they deserve.

Save the Children's vision is that they are no longer needed.

"Bridging the Gap" is a step in that direction.

Everyone can contribute

Allow us to present Bridging the Gap

The PwC report, "The Prioritized Sustainability Undertaking", which was released in the spring of 2019, shows that as many as 90 percent of Swedish companies have experienced an rising awareness for their sustainability work, as well as a heightened interest from both customers and employees.

With Bridging the Gap companies and organizations can make their sustainability efforts visible to both employees and customers. Through this activity, your company can help to open a new window of hope for the future of young people living in socio-economically vulnerable areas.

Getting involved in the company's sustainability work both increases employee loyalty and elevates pride in their workplace. The youth gain new perspectives, while the employees get new insights. Under the guidance of an experienced management consultant, employees get to know each other better, as well as grow as human beings together with possible future employees. Contributing in such a personal way also deepens the employee's relationships with each other, which in turn contributes to a more open and inclusive working climate.

Bridging the Gap focuses on the potential of all people with inspiration and confidence in the future.

Step 1 - Presentation

Save the Children gives a presentation about the orgainization to the company's participating employees. They talk about Save the Children's local operations, the purpose of Bridging the Gap and they answer questions concerning steps 2 and 3.

Step 2 - Mojo Workshop

A full-day Mojo Workshop, where employees meet young people and create absolute magic together through 1: 1 conversations, various exercises and lots of reflection.

Step 3 - Workplace Visit

A half-day workplace visit where we follow up on step 2 and where we give the company the opportunity to present its' operations to the youth, who are our future labor market.

The Bridging the Gap Program

Download: Bridging the Gap Brochure ENGLISH.pdf

-a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective and successful, etc.

Mojo (n) [moh-joh]

Morning program

Lunch

Afternoon program

9:00 - 12:30

13:30 - 16:30

12:30 - 13:30

A good lunch is served. During the day, morning coffee and afternoon coffee are also served.

  • Introduction - owning your story
  • Separate Worlds
  • The Nature of Thought
  • Values, beliefs and assumptions
  • Your internal GPS helping navigate you to making better decisions
  • How state of mind affects judgment and reasoning
  • New goals and unlimited potential - your blue sky
  • Reflection and summation

Welcome to our Mojo Workshop

A full-day Mojo Workshop where employees meet youth and create magic together.

What does everyone go home with?

Developing your personal leadership skills

Bridging the Gap gives young people the opportunity to personally meet adults active in various stages of their professional lives and get a unique behind the scenes look into their everyday life in the workplace.

Through conversations, meaningful and interactive activities and reflection, young people gain insights that enable them to increase their understanding of what resilience really is, so as to be able to recover quickly after life's inevitable setbacks.

Employees of different ages, in different positions and with different backgrounds get together and get to know the employees of the future.

Through conversations, meaningful and interactive activities and reflection, they will gain insights that enable them to increase their understanding of what resilience really is, so as to be able to recover quickly after life's inevitable setbacks.

The youth will gain access to inner resources to be able to realistically dream about a meaningful future.

They also have the opportunity to create new relationships and / or deepen existing ones with their colleagues. The deepened relationships contribute to an increased understanding of the people they work with, which in turn provides good conditions for a positive and inclusive working climate.

The youth

The employees

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With the help of a leadership consultant, everyone gets the opportunity to develop personal leadership and communication skills.

SEK 4.995 *inkl. VAT per employee participating in the activity (minimum 8 employees per workshop)

The price includes:

  • 1 employee +  1 youth at both workshop and workplace visits
  • 2 hour presentation of Save the Children's activities for the company
  • 8 hour Mojo Workshop
  • 2 x lunch
  • 2 x morning coffee
  • 2 x afternoon coffee
  • Organization, planning and assistance in conducting 4 hour workplace visits

 

*Save the Children is a non-profit organisation and therefore exempted from V.A.T.

 

Investment

  • We use one of the availbale Save the Children premises in the area.
  • If you would like to be in a conference center of your choice, the cost for the conference room and the food is paid for by the host company.

 

Place and venue

Download: Bridging the Gap Brochure ENGLISH.pdf

Save the Children

Lilla Bommen 4B

411 04 Gothenburg

Telephone: +46 (8) 698 93 36

Mobil: +46 (0) 708 24 3946

Email: susan.stieger-petrusson@rb.se

www.räddabarnen.se

Business Developer and Responsible for Regional Business Partnerships | Region West Gothenburg

Susan Stieger- Petrusson

We will take good care of you

Contacts

Suzanne Lång

c/o Arkipelagen Företagcenter

Stora Åvägen 21

436 34 Gothenburg

Mobil: +46 (0) 702 45 71 45

Email: sl@suzannelang.com

www.suzannelang.com

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Professional Coach / Leadership Development / Facilitator

“You're popular if you have everything. You get teased if you have 'wrong' or 'unusual' things. Some don't have video games. They don't bring their friends home.”

— Boy, 12 years old

What children have to say about financial vulnerability

“Sure, I have tried to get them to do things that don't cost anything, but they don't want to, they want to do those things.”

— Girl, 17 years old

“In the school that I go to now I often get bullied for my clothes. I don't really know why. I would like to go to another school, but then I have to take a bus and we can't afford the bus fee.”

— Girl, 12 years old

“There are lots of people who are poor! There are those who can't afford clothes, activities, food and shoes. In fact, there are those who are hungry. Some don't have food at home and sometimes when you have to bring your own lunch you don't eat. My friend always brings hamburgers for me.”

— Girl. 12 years old

“It's more difficult to choose the right friends. If you're poor you might choose to be with others who are also poor, because you don't think you have a chance to make friends with the others.”

— Boy, 13years old

“Sometimes we don't have any breakfast at home and then I get hungry at school, so hungry that I can't think. I usually lie and say that I did not have time for breakfast in the morning and ask for a piece fruit from the teacher, or I go to the school nurse and sit there and talk and miss a lesson, because then you can get a piece of fruit. Sure I miss a lesson, but it's better than being hungry. But now they are going to start having breakfast at school.”

— Girl, 16 år

SOURCE: På marginalen – Vardagen bakom barnfattigdomsstatistiken

Har du sommarjobbat?

“Ja, då har jag också köpt saker till oss. Typ glas och gardiner. Jag handlar alltid mammas saker först och ser om jag har pengar över.”

Är det skillnad på din uppväxt jämfört med andra barn, exempelvis i skolan?

“Ja på idrotten har jag haft mina vanliga kläder men det spelar inte mig någon roll. En gång hade jag riktigt konstiga byxor, men jag tänkte ändå att det var bättre med dem än ingenting alls.”

Vill du flytta?

“Nä det vill jag inte. Vi har flyttat såååå många gånger.”

Varför har ni flyttat så många gånger?

“Mamma slarvar med räkningarna. Jag minns inte alla ställen, men vi har flyttat enormt mycket. Så nu har jag sagt till mamma att vi måste skita i allt annat och alltid betala hyran först. För jag orkar inte flytta mer, bara när jag ska flytta hemifrån.”

Clara, 16 år