- is intended for adolescents who lack support of their relatives, and after having completed their stay in a group home they have no possibility of going back to their families; and with fast transition to autonomous living they would be faced with great existential challenges.
Experience and empirical findings (Dietrich, M., 2008, Kissmann, T., 2016, Peters, F., 2004) in working with teenagers and young adults in youth housing communities have shown that it is not good for a young person to stay in an overly organized and structured institution, such as an educational institution, for too long. Controlled transition to autonomy is a meaningful category and it constitutes a higher level of stabilization of the acquired competences and the acquisition of new ones necessary for autonomous life. The presence, structure and manner of cooperation depend on the maturity and competences needed for autonomous life of an individual. (Krajnčan, 2018, str. 1)
The purpose of adolescents’ stay in a youth housing accommodation:
- to strengthen the educational achievements already attained while staying in an educational group, and to gradually develop autonomous life of the adolescent.
The duration of stay ranges from 6 to 12 months.
Conditions for being accommodated:
- adolescent's majority (exceptionally, a minor can be accommodated with the approval of the guardian),
- employment or schooling status of the adolescent,
- inappropriate living conditions in the home environment,
- looking for future accommodation and preparing for the discharge.
Kojič (1995) lists the following reasons for the planning of post-discharge monitoring: limited employment opportunities, a lack of consensus on the cohabitation of the adolescents with family members, examination of newly acquired behavioural patterns and poor or impossible conditions for further education. (Mržek, Krajnčan, 2010, p. 306)
The adolescent partly covers the costs of living in a youth flat and saves for his/her future, with some financial assistance also from the Planina RCI through extended supply.
Objectives of the adolescent’s life in a youth housing accommodation:
- Educational assistance provided after the adolescent has been discharged,
- Support for developing a responsible attitude towards oneself, others, natural and social environment,
- Final identity development of the adolescent in conditions favourable for the design of a strategy to overcome obstacles in life,
- Autonomy promotion and learning,
- Time management learning,
- Strengthening of newly acquired behavioural patterns,
- Completion of studies or employment arrangement,
- Assistance in meeting the requirements for complete autonomy,
- Running their own households and monitoring the transition from the group home to autonomous living in their own home.
"In addition to the nature of family relations, including in particular the quality of relationships and established trust, the provision of healthy connections, and at the same time opportunities for the development of the growing autonomy of the child/adolescent, the growing up of adolescents is fundamentally influenced by the general social environment, more precisely, by the characteristics of the social moment that marks the functioning of families as well as the way of internalizing the values of a young person." (Gomezzel, Kobolt, 2012, p. 325)
- Mobile phone: 040/664-920,
Sources of quotations:
- Gomezel, A., Kobolt, A. (2012). Vpliv družine na mladostnikovo identiteto. Socialna pedagogika, 16 (4) 323-354.
- Krajnčan, M. (2018). Koncept mladinskega stanovanja. Interno gradivo za Strokovni center Planina (Vzgojni zavod Planina).
- Mržek, T., Krajnčan M. (2010). Mladinska stanovanja – pogled nanje skozi oči mladostnikov in vzgojiteljev. Socialna pedagogika, 14 (3), 303-326.