Of course, the camp was just one milestone of our journey. “We want to build a long-term relationship with them. And we do that through all the other actions, especially through the mentoring program,” says Raluca.
We have recently started our Mentorship Program, allowing an intense period of thorough preparation and training delivered by qualified psychologists to all the enrolled mentors – bringing together 38 UiPath mentors and 38 children from the Ferentari area in Bucharest enrolled in our programs.
Through constant, face to face, eye-opening interaction with their mentor we aim to offer these kids the chance to explore new perspectives and learn so many new things. It’s an enriching learning experience on both sides and we’re enthusiastic to see it inspiring and empowering both the mentors and the mentees.
Another consistent initiative involving the UiPath volunteers was the “The Open Books Day” – the reading sessions for kindergarten children, rolled out October and November, on Thursdays, in the Ferentari area -Bucharest. The aim was to ensure children’s access to quality early education, by exposing and proving them age-appropriate books, as well as by getting them familiarized with reading as a fun activity.
You might find yourself having preconceptions about children from different neighborhoods or with different backgrounds. You might even find out your family is skeptical at the thought that you’ll volunteer in those areas. Our colleagues were no exception, but they kept an open mind. Spending time with these kids made them change their minds completely.
Through volunteering, you get to learn a lot about yourself. You get to see your biases and your limits and decide how to act on them. It gives you a sense of meaning that you cannot get otherwise. The UiPath Foundation team and their volunteers plant the seeds of a better tomorrow for children born in poor families offering them the chance for a good start in school and life.
Happy International Volunteers’ Day to all our wonderful colleagues in UiPath – who are so aware and caring about those aspects that make this world a less happy and bright place! It is hoped that you bring out – and all our admiration and respect – for constantly proving the power of example.