Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
During the year 2010, Haja Center provided services to 156,173 people in total: 114,856 young adults, 39,134 adults, 2,183 children etc. Among the up-to 200 hundred programs under the roof of Haja Center per year, let me introduce the most widely-reaching programs:
1. Vocational experience projects. Launched in 2008, the project was designed for teenagers experience various vocations, not merely shadowing jobs but making the time as start-point of their life design with the thorough mentorship of professionals. The project meets 7,500 teenagers every year.
2. During social enterprise incubating project with Ministry of Labour, 6 teams were certified. While incubating period, out-to-be social enterprise teams provided education programs to youth. The year 2009 only they offered educational services to 100,000 youth. Now all social enterprise in Haja Center building is acting as social creativity education platform of Seoul city.
3. Aside from direct incubating, Haja Center did various activities for social enterprises including, Social Entrepreneur Academy in 2009, Social Venture Competition(co-hosting). Haja Center organized social enterprises and engaged various events and programs sponsored by Seoul Metropolitan government, including Design Hanmadang and Nowstart etc. These efforts were recognized by Blue House and received Presidential Achievement Award in 2010.
4. The annual Creativity Summit that shows essence of Haja Center’s activities and agenda we are engaged, attracted more than five thousand people each year since 2009.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
Addressing our mission for the next three years as Life Design Center, Alternative Vocational School, and Hub of Social Creativity, we devout ourselves to find the practical solution to youth unemployment. Life Design Center plans to suggest the model of career education not limited to functional training, but including fundamentals for sustainable life as social being with mentors: from realizing aptitude to equipping the proper attitude toward the work, developing communication and inter-personal skills, problem-solving capability etc. In alternative vocational school, Haja Center and social enterprises collaborate to offer vocational training to teenagers out of school system and help them to be healthy social beings. Creative Hub is the stage for youths to debut as changemaker.