About

OPEN FUTURE is a unique 3-year extra-curricular program for young people between 11 and 15 years. Its aim is to promote their digital skills, creativity and entrepreneurship, and help them increase the probability of better educational opportunities. Participants work in teams on a mini-social start up for their communities. Mentors help them increase their educational and employment prospects.

The program introduces a unique cooperation: it connects municipalities, which are interested in skill development of young people; experts who are willing to give their time and know-how for a good cause; and young people who have the right motivation to improve their abilities and increase their potential.

BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT TALENT IS EVERYWHERE BUT OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOT. 

WORLD OF INNOVATIONS

We are bringing the world of top start-ups, innovations and technologies closer to communities in Slovakia.

SOLUTIONS FOR COMMUNITIES

Participants works on a group project addressing local issues.

AFTER-SCHOOL PLACE TO BE

A high-tech coworking club with a chill-out zone.

ASSISTANCE AND MENTORING

Coordinator and mentors hold inspiring and interactive work-shops twice a week, but also offer individual assistance such as, helping with homework or preparation for high school entrance exams.

 

Thanks to mentoring and creative work on a start-up project, children are more motivated to self-development and education.

Why is the program unique?

The program supports teamwork of young people on their own project, finding solutions to local problems, or bottom-up social innovations.

Children are guaranteed safe and inclusive environment (refreshments, opening hours until late afternoon, individual approach by trained coordinator and mentors). Club is opened close to schools and communities with a higher rate of families of socially disadvantaged background.

Research of similar initiatives, mentoring schemes and organizations running in Slovakia has proven that a long-term program of comparable quality to Open Future does not exist in our country.

The curriculum responds to student needs and insufficient results of schools and at the same time supports skills of the 21st century.

What are the skills of the 21st century?

Entrepreneurship and IT

Obtaining skills such as financial literacy, project management, critical thinking, creativity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

OPEN FUTURE provides participants support while creating projects with emphasis on their own communities and regions.

Social Entrepreneurship

Leadership

OPEN FUTURE creates room for obtaining soft skills via focusing on team work and problem solving.