Do you know that even a primary school student is able to help their region or solve a community problem? It is only about getting the opportunity. Therefore, OPEN FUTURE comes to Slovak regions and closer to local communities and opens its door to students of different backgrounds in order to give them a chance to experience the world full of unknown innovations and technologies and get the right skills and abilities that will prepare them for better future.

OPEN FUTURE program links a group of 20 – 25 participants annually between 11 and 15 with a group of mentors from business environment, NGOs and public authorities. With the help of mentors, the participants work on their own idea (mini social start-up) for their community, town or school. Thanks to the program they will improve their entrepreneurial, IT and digital skills, financial literacy and critical thinking. Furthermore, they will learn to work in a team and get other soft skills.

We are inviting you to join the businesses, entrepreneurs and experts who are participating in building a new generation of leaders in Slovakia. Thanks to you, your experience, willingness and time we may find a Slovak Elon Musk or another Michaela Musilová.

 

We believe that talent is everywhere but opportunities are not. Help us create them.

The OPEN FUTURE pilot center was open in TRNAVA at Maxim Gorký Primary School

You can also become a mentor!

We are looking for people experienced in the field of entrepreneurship, social innovation and digital skills, English or other skills that are necessary for the 21st century. People, who are willing to share their experience while volunteering with the students in the OPEN FUTURE center.

We are looking for enthusiasts who can devote their time on a regular basis, but also for busy heroes. It is only upon you to determine how much time and effort you will dedicate to the program.

Moreover, you will not be alone. You will get all the support from the OPEN FUTURE center team that will guide you through the mentoring process and provide all the necessary training.

What can the mentor benefit from?

Great feeling

Mentors will provide help to young people who need it

Know-how sharing

Passing the experience and know-how in a meaningful way

Joy in achievements

Enjoying achievements of their mentees (the participation in events and final presentations is guaranteed)

Prestige

Prestige at the professional level

Influencing next generations

Direct influence on next generation business education

What mentors are we looking for?

Companies, organizations, individuals, experts and also any enthusiastic people experienced in business matters, social entrepreneurship, IT technologies, leadership and soft skills but also in other skills necessary for the 21st century that are willing to share this experience on voluntary and regular basis.

1

I want to see progress of the group.

Become a mentor

A mentor is a volunteer who decides to dedicate time to a group of participants on regular basis (minimum once a month during the whole school year). Mentors work mostly with one group of participants and help them with their project. For more technical topics they have consultants at their disposal. They also get guidelines and methodology needed for long-term work with the group.

2

I don´t have a lot of time but I am interested in the program.

Become a consultant

A consultant is a person who provides help to a group of participants while solving particular problems that may occur by creating and developing the project (marketing, setting up a financial plan or creating a website).

They can also become guest speakers, people who occasionally decide to share their experience, story or knowledge.

3

I am interested in non-formal education

Spend your internship in the center

University students or enthusiasts, who would like to become teachers or work with young people, can be chosen for an internship in the center. Thanks to provided training they will get an overview about innovative educational approaches, non-formal education and mentoring. The knowledge can be put into practice while working with participants in the after-school center minimum 12 hours (or 4 sessions) per semester. Thanks to the cooperation with chosen faculties in Trnava, this internship can be accepted as part of Uni curriculum.

How to become a mentor?

Feel free to contact us for further information or any questions.

Who we are

We link together companies, non-governmental organisations, state institutions, communities, and individuals to make positive changes in education, responsible entrepreneurship, and fight against corruption and poverty.


Pontis Foundation
Zelinarska 2821 08
Bratislava


Contact:
Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8111
pontis@pontisfoundation.sk
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Phone: (+421 2) 5710 8113
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