GROW 2011 Evaluation

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GROW in numbers


About GROW


Participant’s profile


Trainer’s profile


Train the Trainers


Train the Coordinators


Some of the GROW trainers


Long Term GROW objectives


GROW curriculum


Extracurricular activities


High schools and cities


Media Impact




Impact analysis






Contact details

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Summary At the european level it is recognised that the formal education system, alone, cannot do enough for the students and non-formal activities are recommended in order to fill the gap. Education does not stop with school - nonformal preparation happens in companies, in associations, outside the formal system and demand the motivated involvement of each participant. Education is everywhere! If the parliament issues each autumn a new law of education, if the teachers do or do not earn a salary, if the students are motivated or not, if what you learn in school grants you a workplace or not, even if it’s not Romania’s priority right now, education is the highlight of what builds the Romania of tomorrow. The School of Values assocition and AIESECRomania provide students with the possibility of developing personal awareness, trust in themselves and control over life choices - vital caracteristics in today’s society which can be earned only through non-formal education. Since the begining, GROW has provided nonformal education experiences to:

3,700 170 270 16

high school students,

international trainers,



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GROW in numbers GROW 0.9

GROW 1.1 – 1.2

GROW 1.0





















































Over 200

41,710 euro

83,420 euro

43,500 euro

168,630 euro




* in 2011 GROW was represented by AIESEC 15 cities in Romania but the program had participants from 21 cities and 163 high schools accross the country.

2,696 participants 5,606 applicants


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About GROW GROW represents a long term, non-formal educational engagement designed to improve the quality of education in Romania. It is a program organized in partnership Scoala de Valori - AIESEC that addresses high school students in Romania (age 14-18). Through the GROW program, they can follow a complementary four-year educational cycle.

The program offers high school students a professionally designed educational curriculum that complements the formal education system. It has been developed with the support of an Educational Board, gathering personalities and top-notch experts in education and adolescent psychology, especially to address key needs of the development of teenage participants.

GROW in 2011 took place during three different editions (GROW 0.9,

GROW 1.1 - 1.2 and GROW1.0) in fifteen AIESEC cities across Romania. The project involved 163 high schools and students from 21 cities across Romania: Arad, Bucureşti, Braşov, Cluj, Constanţa, Craiova, Galaţi, Iaşi, Oradea, Ploieşti, Piteşti, Sibiu, Suceava, Târgu-Mureş, Timişoara Râmnicu-Vâlcea, Lugoj, Curtea de Argeş, Campulung-Moldovenesc, Balş, Turda, Dorohoi.

The courses included trainings like presentation skills, public speaking, personal awareness, Romanian values.






The main goal of this program is to build a constructive attitude for a sustainable change among teenagers in Romania. GROW aims to be the numberone national education program addressing high school students as it is unique among any other program: • it is a long term program (2010-2015) • it has the magnitude of a nationwide project • it has a specific approach for each high school level: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. • the courses are delivered in English by international trainers • the courses were designed professionally by consultancy and adolescent psychology specialists


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Participant’s profile 1. Fluent in English 2. Willing to learn more than the school is offering 3. Fast learner, open to change, eager to discover 4. Medium to high personal effectiveness - busy schedule, extra activities, medium to high school marks

Trainer’s profile 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Very good english Experience in working with youth Training skills Proactivity and passion for education Willing to gain more personal and professional development Ready to have an impact in society Able to create a learning and development environment

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Train the Trainers Train the Trainers is the preparation conference for GROW trainers, where local project managers and international trainees, together with the School of Values and AIESEC members, discuss the curriculum, how the trainings align to the delivery standards of the project, and ways to implement the project. Train the Trainers is also a motivational conference because of the presence of a large number of international people, combined with the idea of being a part of a movement and thus leads to the creation and deepening of common directions and values, shared by all the people involved in the GROW project. The international trainers involved in the project came from 42 countries: Bulgaria, Brasil, Russia, Poland, India, Greece, Malaesia, Portugal, Slovakia, Austria, Georgia, Estonia, Australia, Serbia, Rwanda, France, Lithuania, Venezuela, Cameroon, Tunis, Moldavian Republic, Nigeria , Cambodgia, Taiwan, Japan, Ukraine, Germany, USA, Pakistan, China, UK, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Mexic, Ireland, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Portugal and Denmark.

Train the Coordinators Train the Coordinators is the preparation conference for local project managers. There, the project’s vision is discussed and shared. Besides this, everybody has the chance of creating action plans, brainstorming and aligning the strategies. Finally, all the projects’ details are defined for a smooth implementation. Also, each of the local project managers who have already implemented the project, during the conference, get to know each other better and share their experiences with the local project managers of the future GROW edition. They can also meet all the international trainers present at this conference. TTT and TTC conferences took place 3 times in Predeal during the following intervals: 28th february and 4th of March 2011 (70 participants), 27th june and 1st of july 2011 (over 100 participants), 31st of october and 4th of november 2011 (over 70 participants).


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Some of the GROW trainers

Chris Lee

Barbara Krainer

Ljubomir Jovanovic

Bianca Tone

Marcelo Loyo Prado

Boyana Charakova

Atendjou Phylemon

Camille Gaujard

Tamar Burkadze

Helen Mikkov


Kaisa Suumann

Zuzana Grochalova

Maria Pachou

Ishan Bhamri

Milda BeleckaitÄ—

Hua Qian Leong

Lim WinSern

Daniela Bradutanu

Agnieszka Rzeszow

Damian Rzeszow

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Ana Marรงal

Antonio Maraujo

Melnikova Olga

Shema Placide

Bessem Bedoui

Hernandez Diego

Tahmina Alayi

Nigar Mammadli

Roya Mubariz Qizi

Bruna Estevanin

Vinicius Alves

Rosen Kostov

Martina Mirska

Barbora Smokova

Elitsa Hristova

Yang Qing 10

Tereza Kotaskova

Jana Jancova

John L. Frederiksen

Eri Xoyrida

Afroditi Karakosta

Kwan Lok Lam

Chan Sin Yee

Wong Nim Nim

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Chan Ying Yeung

Yu Yan Hung Hilda

Noreen Moloney

Mari Nic Giolla Bride

Divya Punjabi

Saule Mukhamejanova

John Kelly

Lee Shoo Thien

Noor Najihan Muhamad

Gilberto Morales

Ruth van de Pol

Waleed Zuberi

Faaiz Gulzar

Izabela Żylińska

Maciej Ciosek

Kamilla Misiejuk

Tomasz Helm

Pawel Raczyk

Julita Wiecek

Beata Piskadlo

Natalia Borowik

Hanna Adamus

Marta Jarzabek

Katarzyna Wozniak

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Magdalena Bak

Giulia Biondi Moreira

Maria Govorukhina

Ksenia Eremeeva

Sima Mironova

Elvira Guseinova

Megan Ong

Monika Skupa

Olga Tsilyk

Elena Krupova

Viktoriia Artemchuk

Elena Shevchenko

Alison Chong NI

Lee Dalchow

Michael Tsang

Thien-Kim Quach

Jun Hsien Lee

Roman Gorelik

Beata Piskadlo

Julita Wiecek

Pawel Raczyk

Michal Zabkowski

Kamilla Misiejuk

Natalia Borowik

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Marta Jarzabek

Hanna Adamus

Katarzyna Woznyak

Tomasz Helm

Lucas Carneiro

Cristiane Campos

Tanya Rukomeda

Reiko Kawakami

Misaki Takenaka

Vathana Seourn

Muktar Ali Magashi

Elitsa Hristova

Chou Tzu-Ting

Christian Tala-Sanchez

Wilma Boewe

Ljubomir Gavrilovic

“GROW is a great program that will help teenagers develop themselves and find their way. I think teenagers represent a country`s future. Both teenagers and trainers benefit a lot from GROW. GROW is a brilliant future.” (Xi Chen, China, GROW trainer) “I remember myself being a teenager and going to Germany for the first time. This experience made me think who I am, what are my strong points and my values. Now it is the time to show this experience with other people. I joined Grow to give the Romanian teenagers an international exposure and help them find out who they are and might be in the future.” (Marta Jarzabek, Poland, trainer Grow 1.2)


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Long Term GROW objectives

As a long term objective of the GROW program, we aim to make an impact on 11,300 (100%) participants by 2015, increasing the number of participants each year. 1,025 (9%) high school students participated in our sessions before 2011 (in 2010) and 2,696 (24%%) in 2011. As a result, we still have 67% of our objective to reach in order to achieve our target of 11.300 of participants by 2015. GROW 2011


GROW curriculum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

INTRODUCTION TO GROW 0.9 Communication Skills Communication Skills – Feedback Good habits, bad habits Eco-living - small things I can do to help Earth Friends say they know me, but I am not so sure. What defines me? How to organize a special event? We are all different - Why discriminate? European citizenship - what has that got to do with me? Closing session and ceremony GROW 0.9

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

INTRODUCTION TO GROW 1.0 Self expression – Presentation skills Self expression – Public Speaking Personal effectiveness I – Managing time and space Personal effectiveness II – Managing information Proactivity Project management – advanced Romanian culture influence Who am I? – personal values Closing session and ceremony GROW 1.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

INTRODUCTION TO GROW 1.1 Proactivity Networking skills Negotiation skills People/ team management Leadership Advanced project management – how to make a business plan Who am I? – Life purpose and values Early career orientation Closing session and ceremony GROW 1.1


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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

INTRODUCTION TO GROW 1.2 My vocational path Personal values Career opportunities Entrepreneurship CV & Job interviews Time management Personal Brand Anything is possible Closing session and ceremony GROW 1.2

Competențele dezvoltate se află sub umbrela celor 6 elemente menționate mai sus. Fiecare dintre cele 10 lecții pentru fiecare dintre cele 4 clase de liceu abordează curajul sub o altă formă, adecvată vârstei:

9th grade – „Openness and communication”

10th grade – „Self development and introspection”

11th grade – „Focusing on the future”

12th grade – „External opportunities”

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7,500 >1,000

hours of trainings delivered

hours of training design

“For me, the GROW project was one of the most amazing summer experiences I have ever had. I never thought you can make so many amazing friends while learning such useful things that are never explained in school. It also gave me the opportunity to practice my English speaking skills. I would never hesitate participating in another GROW-like project.” (Paul Solomon, high school student) “GROW has been for me a window that opened and expanded my horizons, helped me discover new things about myself and how things work in society. GROW successfully combined learning with fun and I think that was the thing I liked the most about it. It was a great project and I wish it never ended. I would participate over and over again.” (Csernich Florin, high school student) ”I consider that the GROW project promotes basis values in building healthy communities. It teaches teenagers to communicate in a more relaxing way, creating an environment in which trust, mutual respect, friendship are respected. After participating at a GROW project, teenagers manage to know themselves better and appreciate their beings more, they are also more opened in relating to others, no matter the culture they come from, they are more daring. GROW is an opportunity of personal development no teenager should miss.” (Dana Ungur, Headmaster at Waldorf Highschool, Timisoara) ”In my opinion, teachers should encourage their students to participate in extraactivties or to do volunteering. I have always supported educational projects that really have to offer something to the kids, and GROW is what teenagers nowadays need. I am really glad GROW ”visited” our school too, because even if we are not in the top of the highschools, our students were very enthusiastic to participate in the project and I was a little afraid they might not be accepted, which was a bit foolish, because this program is DIFFERENT. And it offers something valuable to the students, something they can later ( because it is hard to be aware of it at this age, a few do ) use and also develop. I think if school does not do it, GROW does it.” (Vionelia Ștefu, Informatics teacher at Henri Coandă Highschool, Timisoara) 18

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Outside class activities These are outdoor activities, besides the trainings (movies with debriefing, educational games, learning and discussion circles), designed to strengthen both links between pupils and connections between trainers and participants and also to deepen the impact curriculum, all of these being based on unconventional education. Extracurricular activities organized in 2011 during the GROW program were: learning circles, movie sessions, team-buildings, company visits, cooking events, establishment visits, free hug events, flash mobs, charity activities, international picnics, discussions and meetings with successful people (athletes, entrepreneurs, teachers and artists).

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World Wide Weekend World Wide Weekend (August 6th-7th, 2011) was an entire weekend where GROW participants from all over the country were a part of an international cultural fair. They had the opportunity to mix internationalism, cultural sensitivity, creativity and team work while having fun and practicing some of the skills gained during the project. The participants, along with the international trainers, presented their assigned culture in many creative ways. The fair was open to many visitors, parents and students that had the opportunity to “taste� this international experience. World Wide Weekend took place the same weekend in 11 Romanian cities: Arad, Bucuresti, Brasov, Cluj, Constanta, Iasi, Oradea, Pitesti, Sibiu, Targu-Mures, Timisoara and involved around 550 high school students and over 7,000 visitors.


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Involved High Schools Arad

Colegiul National „Elena Ghiba Birta”, Colegiul National „Moise Nicoara”, Liceul de Arte”Sabin Dragoi”, Liceul Pedagogic “Dimitrie Tichindeal”, Colegiul Economic, “Liceul Teoretic “Vasile Goldis”, Grup Scolar Industrial “Aurel Vlaicu” Arad, Liceul Teoretic “Adam Muller Guttenbrunn”, Grup Scolar “Gheorghe Lazar” Pecica, Liceul Baptist, Gr.Scolar Gergely Csiki, Liceul CFR , Liceul” Iuliu Maniu”, Liceul „Henri Coanda”


Liceul Teoretic” Ion Barbu”, Colegiul National Bilingv”George Coșbuc”, Liceul „Spiru Haret”, Liceul”Tudor Vianu”, Liceul „Gheorghe Șincai”, Liceul „Gheorghe Lazăr”, Școala Centrală, Colegiul Economic”A.D.Xenopol”, Licul Teoretic „Al.I .Cuza”, Col.Naț. „Iulia Hașdeu”, Liceul „Jean Monnet, Col.Naț.”Mihai Eminescu”, Liceul” Ion Creangă”, Liceul „Ion Neculce”, Colegiul” Ion Luca Caragiale”, Col.Naț „Mihai Viteazul”. Liceul „Virgil Madgearu”, Colegiul National „Sfantul Sava”, Colegiul Tehnic de Arhitectura „I.N. Socolescu”


Colegiul Naţional “Unirea”, Colegiul Naţional “Dr. Ioan Meşotă”, Colegiul Naţional Economic “Andrei Bârseanu”, Colegiul Naţional de Informatică “Grigore Moisil”, Colegiul Naţional “Andrei Şaguna”, Colegiul Naţional “Emil Racoviţă”, Liceul Pedagogic “Andrei Mureşanu”, Colegiul National „Nicolae Titulescu”


Liceul”Mircea cel Batran” , Liceul” Traian” , Liceul „Ovidius” , Liceul „Mihai Eminescu” , Liceul Pedagogic ,Liceul „Calinescu”, Liceul „Decebal”, Liceul „Regina Maria”, Liceul de Arta


Colegiul National “Carol I”, Colegiul National “Fratii Buzesti”, Liceul teoretic “Henri Coanda”, Grupul scolar “Matei Basarab”, Grupul scolar “Traian Vuia”, Liceul de informatica “Stefan Odobleja”, Colegiul Tehnic Energetic, Colegiul Nat.” Elena Cuza”, Liceul „Tudor Arghezi”, Liceul Teoretic Bals, Colegiul Tehnic Bals

Cluj Napoca

Liceul Teoretic” Avram Iancu” , Liceul „Racovita” , Liceul „N.Balcescu” , Liceul „George Cosbuc” , Liceul” Gh.Sincai „ Liceul „Sigismund Toduta” , Liceul „Gheorhe Baritiu” , Liceul „Ghibu” , Liceul „Lucian Blaga”, Liceul „Iuliu Pop”, Liceul „ ” Gheorghe Lazar”, Liceul” Tiberiu Popoviciu”


Liceul de Informatică “Grigore Moisil”, Colegiul Naţional “Mihai Eminescu”, Colegiul Naţional, Colegiul Economic Administrativ, Colegiul Naţional de Artă “Octav Băncilă”, Liceul Teoretic “Dimitrie Cantemir”, Liceul Teoretic “Miron Costin”, Liceul Teoretic “Garabet Ibrăileanu”, Colegiul Tehnic “Gheorghe Asachi”, Colegiul Tehnic “Dimitrie Leonida”, Grupul Şcolar Tehnoton, Col Nat „Costache Negruzzi”


Gr Scolar “Aurel Vlaicu”, Col Tehnic „Valeriu Braniste”, C.N. „Coriolan Brediceanu”, C.N. „Iulia Hasdeu”

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Colegiul National “Emanuil Gojdu”,Colegiul National “Mihai Eminescu”, Colegiul Economic “Partenie Cosma”,Liceul Pedagogic “Iosif Vulcan”,Liceul Teoretic “Aurel Lazar”, Liceul Baptist “Emanuel”,Liceul Greco-Catolic,Colegiul Tehnic “Mihai Viteazul” , Lic Teoretic” Onisifor Ghibu”, Liceul „Octavian Blaga”, Liceul „Traian Vuia”


Colegiul National „Mihai Viteazul”, Colegiul National „Jean Monnet”, Colegiul National „I.L. Caragiale”, Colegiul Tehnic „Elie Radu”, Colegiul Economic „Virgil Madgearu”, Liceul „Spiru Haret”


Liceul „I.C.Bratianu”,Colegiul „Zinca Golescu”, Colegiul „AL.Odobescu”,Liceul”Ion Barbu”, Colegiul Economic „Maria Teiuleanu”, Liceul „Armand Calinescu”, Liceul de Arta „Dinu Lipatti” , Colegiul” Ion Cantacuzino”, C.N „Vlaicu Voda” Curtea de Arges


Colegiul National „Octavian Goga”, Colegiul National „Gheorghe Lazar”, Liceul Teoretic „Onisifor Ghibu”, Liceul de Arta, Colegiul National „Samuil von Brukhental”, Col Pedagogic „A.I Saguna”, Liceul „Constantin Noica”, Colegiul Economic ”George Baritiu „


Col.Nat.”Petru Rares” , Col Nat” Dimitrie Cantemir”, Col.Nat.”Stefan cel Mare”, Liceul Crestin” Filadelfia”, Colegiul de Arte” Ciprian Porumbescu”, Liceul „Mihai Eminescu” ,Liceul „Grigore Ghica” din Dorohoi, Colegiul Militar Liceal „Stefan cel Mare „Campulung Moldovenesc, Colegiul Tehnic „Petru Musat”, Liceul cu Program Sportiv

Râmnicu Vâlcea

Colegiul National „Al.Lahovari”, Col National „Mircea cel Batran” ,Liceul Sanitar , Liceul Energetic


Colegiul Naţional „Alexandru Papiu Ilarian”, Colegiul Naţional „Unirea”,Colegiul Economic „Transilvania”, Liceul Teoretic „Bolyai Farkas”, Liceul de Arta , Liceul pedagogic „Mihai Eminescu” ,Grup Şcolar „Electromureş” ,Grupul Şcolar „Gheorghe Marinescu” ,Grupul Şcolar „Constantin Brâncuşi”, Grupul Şcolar „Emil A. Dandea”


Liceul »Vlad Tepes », Colegiul National Banatean,Liceul « Ana Aslan »,Liceul « Henri Coanda », Liceul Teoretic « Jean Louis Calderon », Liceul « William Shakespeare », Liceul Teoretic « Nicolaus Lenau », Liceul » Grigore Moisil », Colegiul National de Arta » Ion Vidu », Colegiul Tehnic « Ion Mincu », Liceul Economic, , Liceul „C.D Loga”, Gr. Sc Ind „” Emanuil Ungureanu”, Liceul Pedagogic” Carmen Sylva”, Liceul” Waldorf”, Liceul de Arte Plastice


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Media impact Media partners

Offline promotion



45,000 200


T-shirts promoting the program and it’s partners.


Brochures for parents

10,000 Brochures for teachres


TV appearances at the local TV stations and several at PRIMA TV.


national and local radio interventions

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Online promotion


Online banners


press releases about the project and it’s organisers sent one before and one after each GROW edition.



appearances in different local and national websites.


press releases about the project and it’s organisers sent one before and one after each GROW edition.


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Find out more about our media appearances on



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Partners This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Impact analysis Executive summary This report was commissioned to analyse the feedback written by the teenagers who have taken part in the GROW 0.9 2011 Spring edition. The method of analysis includes online feedback given by the participants from all over Romania. The research draws attention to the fact that approximately 90% of the participants found the program very useful for their educational needs and applicable in their daily life. The main goal of this report is to show the impact of GROW on its participants. Results of data analysed show that there is a positive change in the students’ answers before and after the project, especially in the areas of self esteem, sense of direction and the idea of having information at their fingertips. In the next pages you will find excerpts from each evaluation report of the three GROW editions in 2011. The GROW program is the best way for the participants, despite their young age, to be prepared both for their future challenges at work and in their everyday life at school and university.

Metodology Data for the analysis come from First and Final Evaluation Form, which the participants were required to fill out online at the beginning and at the end of the project. For this report, only the participants’ responses who have filled out both First and Final Impact Evaluation Form were used. This way, it is possible to observe how or if the answers have changed due to the project. Both of the Forms contained the same questions divided into 5 groups. Each of the groups investigates another area of participants’ personal development (so called the five pillars of the “Internal Structure”): self esteem, sense of direction, self awareness, exposure to the role model, and information at the finger tip. In both Evaluation Forms, there were three types of collecting data: an open question (exposure to the role model), a polar question (sense of direction), and statements (self esteem, self awareness, and information at the finger tip). For each statement, there were five options of the answer (always, usually, sometimes, rarely, and never), from which the participants had to choose the one which the best describes them. Our questionnaire was applied on 533 participants, approximately 31% of the total number participants. The cities from where we took teenagers answers were: Arad, Brasov, Bucuresti, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Lugoj, Oradea, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Ramnicu-Valcea, Sibiu, Suceava, Targu-Mures and Timisoara.


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GROW 0.9 GENERAL IMPACT All the sessions were cosidered as very useful for the educational needs for

90% of the participants.

more than

Approximately 90% of the participants believed that the information and skills they received during the program have a good applicability in their daily life.

1. How useful do you think this session was for your educational needs?

2. How applicable in your daily life is the information or skills you received during the program?

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GROW 1.0 GENERAL IMPACT Overall the teenagers have more courage.

Over 20% more of the

participants now feel more comfortable in trying new things. There is an 11% increase in the number of those who have more self-esteem (feel comfortable around people that otherwise would intimidate them) and trust themselves that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to achieve. Over 20% more of the participants now feel more comfortable in trying new things.

1. I believe that I can handle anything.

Before / After

Legend: 1= Never, 2 = Rarely, 3=Sometimes, 4=Usually, 5= Always, 6= participant did not answer this question

Overall the teenagers know themselves better.

The trainings on personal values and self-awareness helped the teenagers to become capable of understanding who they are and who they want to be. Approximately 24% more of the students are now more aware of what they are good at, can describe themselves and are more capable to learn from their mistakes.

2. I know what I am good at and what is difficult for me.

Before / After

Legend: 1= Never, 2 = Rarely, 3=Sometimes, 4=Usually, 5= Always, 6= participant did not answer this question


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The number of the participants who always know what they are good at and what is difficult for them has increased with 24% - this is one of the main goals of GROW 1.0. The number of those who knew rarely or sometimes decreased by 12%.

The teenagers are more informed.

After GROW 1.0, the teenagers are more capable of becoming independent learners. They are more capable to find the information they need by themselves, they have the tools to stay informed about the topics they are interested in and they are more opened towards sharing the information they have with other people (~25%).

GROW 1.1 GENERAL IMPACT Grow 1.1 improves the participants’ sense of direction. They are more aware about their future plans. Moreover, they start to be creators of their own future. It is particularly shown in the topic “I have already begun my career”

1. I have already begun to plan my career.

Before / After

First, after Grow 1.1, 75% of the participants have already begun to plan their careers. GROW 1.1 increase their number by nearly 25%. Second, Grow 1.1 has a motivational effect on the students. It is to see especially in the topic where by around 20% has increased the number of students who believe that they can always handle anything. Third, it is significant that Grow 1.1 participants’ awareness about themselves has increased during the program.

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2. I believe that I can handle anything.

Before / After

By around 20% has increased the number of students who believe that they can always handle anything. The percentage of the participants who rarely believed that they can handle anything decreased from 9% to 4%.

3. If asked to describe myself in one sentence, I would not have any difficulties.

Before / After

The number of participants which were asked if to describe themselves in one sentence and they answered that they would not have any difficulties has decreased by 15%.


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GROW 1.2 GENERAL IMPACT According to the results from the feedback the participants found the program very useful, they are seriously interested in the topics and most of them claim that they will actually use the skills and knowledge they gained in their every day life and activities. The impact of this edition of the project is very powerful in the areas of self-esteem, confidence and sense of direction.As a last edition of the project for its participants it is very important that after the project they feel more prepared to face the future and make important desicions, plan their studies or even career path.

1. I have an idea how my life is going to look like in 5 years.

Before / After

After the project the number of the positive answers increases with 21 %.

2. I know where to look for the information I need.

Before / After

After the project the percent of the participants who answered “Always� increased with 19 % and there were no more negative answers.

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3. I feel comfortable around successful people.

Before / After

After the project there were no negative answers to the question. More than the half of the participants answered “Usually”, and the number of the “Always” answers increased with 2 %.

4. I know already which studies I want to choose.

Before / After Yes / No

After the project, the number of positive answers increased by 13 %.

5. I have already begun to plan my career.

Before / After Yes / No

After the project, the number of positive answers increased by 14%. After analysing the answers to the closed questions it is visible that a big percentage of the participants had difficulties choosing their direction of studies or career. After the project, around one fifth of them are more focused and sure about their future choices.


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Conclusion The goal of the four-year GROW program is to develop a new generation of Romanian teenagers who will have skills and courage to make a change. According to the feedback, teenagers are very interested in learning practical skills which are in the centre of the sessions’ activities. They learn how to express their own ideas, find arguments to defend them in front of the others, respect the other people’s ideas, know how to give feedback etc. On the short term, GROW helps teenagers to be more self-confident at school, to get involved or initiate extra activities, be more aware about their strong and weak points. On the long term they will be better prepared to choose the right career path and follow it. As the young, open-minded and sensitive to other people problems generation, they will not only contribute to their community but they will also possess skills which will help them bring their ideas to reality.

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Comparison of the competencies* searched by companies and those provided by the GROW project COMPANIES IN ROMANIA


1. Analytical capabilities

2. Passion at work

3. Learning continuosly

4. Innovation skills

5. Problem solving

6. Team working skills

7. Being proactive

8. Communication skills

* The competencies were identified through a professional market research by Catalyst, one of the biggest graduate recruitment companies in Romania.


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Scoala de Valori The purpose of these experiences is to increase personal responsibility and control over life choices. The School of Values is a modern non-governmental organization whose vision is to contribute to the development of a society based on values through innovative education.

The values of the organization are reflecting the path that The School of Values chose to take on its own way to transforming its vision into reality.

The School of Values` Mission is to question the boundaries of traditional education to provide young beneficiaries valuable information, character forming experiences, interaction with positive role models and international exposure.

AIESEC Romania organisation , AIESEC members become positive change agents in our global society. In Romania, AIESEC (www. has been actively involved in the education of young people for AIESEC is the largest youth-run almost 20 years. organization in the world, present in over 107 countries worldwide. Our AIESEC is now present in 15 cities members are interested in personal around the country:Arad , Bucuresti, and professional developement , and Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, through their proactive involvement Craiova, Galati, Iasi, Pitesti, Ploiesti, in organization, they are developing Oradea, Sibiu, Suceava, Timisoara, competences and skills in order to help Targu-Mures , 40 universities , has over them in future. 300 partners in his local branches and has developed over 60 projects. Also , through leadership experiences and international stages offered by GROW 2011


Dragos Belduganu

head of social engagement 0745 267 871 str. Ion Nistor nr. 2, ap. 1, sector 3, BucureĹ&#x;ti, România

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