Irkutsk Specialists Participate in Global Youth Service Day and Conduct Event Entitled “Family”
Organizations that took part in the “Family” event
- City Commission on juvenile affairs
- Social Partnership Center
- School of Young Leaders
- Center for Social and Psychological Assistance “Dialog”
- NGO “Life Fare”
- City Center for medical, social, psychological and psychotherapeutic assistance
- International Fund “Art of Life”
- ”W” – second-hand stores chain
- The Catholic Church
- City of Irkutsk Juvenile Inspection
- Women Council
- NGO “Civil Informational Initiative”
- Project Harmony Inc.
The aim of this event:
To identify and assist at-risk families as well as to prevent child neglect and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The following phases of the event took place:
- April 15 – Kuibyshevsky and Kirovsky regions of the city of Irkutsk – 26 children and teenagers were examined.
- April 16 – Leninsky region of the city of Irkutsk – more than 100 children and teenagers were examined.
- April 17 – Sverdlovsky region of the city of Irkutsk – more than 100 children and teenagers were examined.
During these days the event participants and juvenile inspectors visited at-risk families in every region of the city.
Specialists from the Drug-prevention Center and the Center for social and psychological assistance “Dialog” consulted juvenile inspectors on how to carry out individual work with at-risk families. Psychologists and psychiatrics from the City Center for medical, social, psychological and psychotherapeutic assistance provided consultations for members of at-risk families.
During these three days, specialists conducted medical and psychological examination of children and teenagers. They also talked with parents of at-risk children. In addition, these families got food and clothes as welfare. More than one hundred children and teenagers participated in contests, games and sport competitions that were held by the organizers of the event. Children were awarded with prizes, provided by Project Harmony Inc. Children received backpacks, pens and pencils, paints and paintbrushes, balls, etc. These events helped children and specialists to establish trusting relationships and, hence, raised the effectiveness of the event.
This “Family” event was one of the events of the program “Children of the Streets”. In order to continue working with these at-risk families, specialists filled out forms, which included all necessary information and recommendations of psychologist, narcologist, pediatrician and other specialists.
The event’s participants determined families that need further consultations. Some of the children will be referred to take part in summer camps. The next event will be devoted to organization of summer camps and will be conducted at the end of May.
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