“Our idea is to help young people who are leaving the alternative care system, shelters, foster homes, or foster families, to become more independent. We think this is a more effective way, because we have gone through similar experiences ourselves. We want to help those kids, because many of them fail to start a stand-alone life when that moment comes" said Denis Culahovic, president of the association "My Circle” at a conference in Belgrade's Media Center on Friday.
The association is the first organization founded by young adults without parental care to help their peers to cope with the social challenges that await them.
PR of the newly founded association "My Circle", Ililjana Kladar, states that their goal will be to influence the changing attitude of the society about young people who grew up without parental care. "Although they did not have the same starting position as most of their peers, young adults who grew up in shelters, foster homes, foster families are also equal members of the community. They, like all other people, can be journalists, teachers, developers, directors" said Kladar.
Member of the Association, Maja Marinkovic, who has been in a foster family since the age of seven, believes that the establishment of such an organization is of great importance for all people, regardless of whether they have grown up in a family or a foster home.
"I think that we can understand the needs of young people pretty well, especially those who grew up without the support of parents, because we all felt their problems on our own skin. We want to be supportive, so that each of them will be fully fulfilled" she says, adding that the association "My Circle” is made up of a group of twelve young people, and that their vision is a world in which every young person fulfills his potential and is living the future he deserves.
Although he did not face the problems that his peers have, Dušan Petrovic, also a member of this association, thinks that it is very important that all interested persons are included in his work, regardless of their social status. "I am here to get to know more about the needs of people who are being overcome with problems. I want to hear their experiences, so that, later I can pass them on to those who do not have enough information on this topic. That is why our name is "My Circle", because this circle needs to be and can be expanded" Petrovic concluded.
The establishment of the association "My Circle" was supported by the organizations SOS Children's Village Serbia and FICE Serbia. Most of the founders and members of this association are young people who are supported by the SOS Children's Village Serbia through the "Strong Youth" Center, as well as their friends.