With the support of Morgan Stanley, the Foundation for Democratic Youth starts this Fall Motivation Clubs in vocational and technical schools in Budapest, capital of Hungary. The objective of the program is to develop responsible entrepreneurial behaviours in young secondary schools students. In the year-long program teachers hold Motivation Club sessions through which they develop their students’ self knowledge and communication skills, and encourage them to do fieldwork to familiarize with the challenges they will have to face.
Cooperation, decision making, social responsibility are some of the skills the program is focusing on. “We believe that in order to become a successful entrepreneur, one has to come to terms with his or her capabilities, has to be ready to make an extra mile, and has to have the knowledge and the skills to understand our constantly changing world” Rita Galambos, the Board Chair of the managing organization, the Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) says. “Students will experience responsible decision making, creativity, perseverance and understanding through innovative classroom activities and non-traditional learning opportunities, says the education specialist” – she added.
The Morgan Stanley International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of leading global financial services firm Morgan Stanley is supporting the program through a donation and a corporate volunteer programme. David Legg, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Trustee of the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, commented, “As a firm, we think it is important to try and give something back to the communities where our employees live and work. One of the key ways we do this is to look for opportunities where employees can make a difference to their communities through firm-sponsored volunteer projects. The DIA programme focuses on helping young people learn a range of important life skills, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to the Budapest area in this way.” The company’s employees contribute to the successful implementation of the program through class visits and cooperation with the teachers. The non-traditional program is accomplished through an exceptional cooperation between a leading multinational and a local non-governmental organization.
Training, field work and presentation are the key elements
In the first phase of the program, DIA’s trainers prepared 16 teachers to become Motivation Club leaders. The clubs started to operate early September with activities developing personal competencies such as critical thinking, stress and conflict management, etc. On top of that, and based on their previously acquired knowledge, students will have opportunities to develop their decision making, time and people management skills while getting acquainted with good practices of social responsibility and sustainable development. This knowledge is key for a successful entrepreneur in our days – believe DIA’s experts.
The program includes hands-on experiences so that students face real life challenges. A pivotal element of the program is when students make a well prepared interview with an entrepreneur of their own choice. At the end of the school year teams prepare power point presentations summarizing what they achieved, the best ones will be presented at the Morgan Stanley office in Budapest in front of professionals. Moreover, in cooperation with Morgan Stanley employees, program staff is offering professional support to the schools in their efforts to integrate competence development into their curricula.
About the Foundation for Democratic Youth
The Morgan Stanley Motivation Club program is managed by the Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) whose mission is to create opportunities for young people to develop democratic values and skills through experiential learning. In order to achieve this DIA has been developing the youth's skills for active citizenship through community-based learning in Hungary and its surrounding regions since 1999. Among many other activities, DIA’s experts train teachers and youth workers , and supports unemployed youth.
One of its most successful programs is the Nokia supported volunteer youth network program called KÖZÖD! reaching annually approximately 20 to 25,000 young people aged 15-25 or the GE Foundation supported Life Skills for Employability program which reached over 6,000 secondary school students and close to 300 teachers in Western Hungary. The Foundation’s experts are nationally renown trainers, members of curriculum development and national education reform program teams and authors of professional publications.
For more information: www.i-dia.org
About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley Hungary is the subsidiary of one of the world’s leading investment banks. Its tasks include providing support for the parent company in various fields of financial management and accounting, back office operation, IT operation, application development and mathematical modelling. The activities of these divisions in Hungary is extending continuously, taking over more and more task groups from American, European and Asian subsidiaries. Morgan Stanley’s company culture provides an everyday chance for fulfilling one’s individual potential, offering training programs to develop the staff’s professional expertise, skills and specialized knowledge. Another major priority of Morgan Stanley Hungary is building a community with members for whom social commitment and sensibility is a natural attitude.
Further details: www.morganstanley.com