‘Aim for the example:’ Education transforming the lives of students and tutors
Activities for “Aim for the Example” began on April 6 in Três Lagoas, April 10 in Mogi Guaçu and April 26 in Luiz Antonio. The project is connected with the Formare School, with an initiative by International Paper, and is geared towards integrating students and guest executives. The executives are responsible for tutoring a student, who takes part in the initiative during ten months, through monthly meetings.
Project volunteers are IP leaders. They provide tips and advice and talk about their career paths with the students they tutor, in an effort to guide them on making decisions about their professional futures. The project encourages young students to find answers for their professional future and also helps them to overcome insecurities in their personal lives.
Mauro Borges has been a Volunteer Educator at the Três Lagoas Formare for seven years. In 2015, he was honored by students, which moved him greatly. “It was very gratifying for me, although my joy is even more special when I meet a Formare graduate who is already in the job market,” he says.
Formare was launched at International Paper in 2010 and “Aim for the Example” is one of the program’s most important parallel projects. At meetings, tutored students are inspired by good examples that help their development. Leaders play an extremely relevant social role and also learn from students.
Getting to work – During the dynamics at the three locations, the International Paper Social Responsibility team gives a presentation on the program and the importance of this individualized monitoring in the lives of those being tutored. Students also briefly talk about who they are and their particularities with tutors.
At the Mogi Guaçu unit, students were in a different type of situation than in previous years. This year, they found out they were responsible for choosing their tutor, which left them quite surprised and excited.
At Três Lagoas, two Volunteer Educators were invited to take part in the project and, along with other leaders, they chose students to tutor based on the profile of each student. While in Luiz Antônio, out of 19 guest leaders, 42% are taking part in the program for the first time. This is very significant work for all of the IP workers.
Líderes motivados a engajar jovens – No seu terceiro ano como voluntária, a gerente de RH de Três Lagoas, Viviane Gonçalves, conta que é sempre uma experiência desafiadora e gratificante. “Lidamos com realidades que nos fazem retomar o valor da simplicidade e isso tudo são eles que transparecem para nós”, comenta.
Para a líder, o programa é puro desenvolvimento e todos os tutores são surpreendidos pelos alunos, que estão sempre buscando por mudanças e conquistas. “Como gestora de pessoas, tenho uma responsabilidade em ajudar todos a serem melhores a cada dia e os alunos do Formare são a prova viva de que essa evolução é possível”.
Também voluntário, há seis anos, Péricles Cardoso conta que é um privilégio participar do programa. “Sou um agente de transformação na vida desses alunos. É a sensação de dever cumprido em fazer diferença na vida dos tutorados. Aprendi muito com eles e pude repassar isso na educação da minha filha”, afirma o tutor. O líder ainda acrescenta sobre o ótimo suporte das equipes de Responsabilidade Social e do Instituto. “Junto com os tutores e voluntários, todos trabalham para que os tutorados sejam os próximos agentes de mudança e protagonistas de seus destinos”, completa.
O projeto Escola Fomare já capacitou cerca de 230 alunos nas três unidades. Os encontros dos tutores e tutorados é um reforço no aprendizado e contribuiu no potencial desses jovens, que descobrem infinitas possibilidades para seus futuros.
Leaders motivated to engage young people – This is the third year that Viviane Gonçalves, an HR manager at Três Lagoas, has volunteered. She says that it is always a challenging and gratifying experience. “We deal with realities that lead us to go back to the value of simplicity, and they are the ones who make all of this apparent to us,” she says.
She believes that the program is pure development and all of the tutors are surprised by the students, who are always looking for changes and achievements. “As a personnel manager, I’m responsible for helping everyone to be better every day, and the Formare students are living proof that this evolution is possible.”
For six years, Péricles Cardoso has also been a volunteer. He says it is a privilege to take part in the program. “I’m an agent for change in the life of these students. It’s the feeling of a job accomplished in making a difference in these students’ lives. I’ve learned a lot from them and was able to pass that on in my daughter’s upbringing,” he says. He also adds that the Institute’s Social Responsibility teams provide great support. “Along with the teachers and volunteers, everyone is working for the students to be near agents of change and to take control of their own destiny,” he adds.
The Fomare School project, which provides tutoring in “Aim for the Example,” has already trained around 230 students at the three units. Tutor and student meetings reinforce lessons and contribute to the potential of these young people, who along with tutors discover infinite possibilities for their futures.
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