PEER EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PROGRESS REPORT February 7, 2018 by admin OMID has just completed a new phase of our Peer Education and Leadership training program. At the end of a six month period, it was planned that eight of the participants in this new program, also known a Simorgh, were to be selected, based on their performance through the program, in order to be allocated jobs at OMID. Here is an update on how this key stage in the program has recently been implemented at our center in Tehran. Seven young women were chosen (sadly one of the eight selected announced that she could not continue the next step of the program for personal reasons) and started the second part of training at their assigned jobs . Mentors were selected to work closely with these young women. The mentors were tasked with helping the young women fulfill their responsibilities and also provide them with the vital guidance through daily problems to issues with interpersonal relationships and all the other necessary skills for their jobs. One of the selected participants started her work as a tutor for OMID computer classes working alongside our computer supervisor. The next participant is working with the workshop department as an assistant and as a collaborator between the girls and the facilitators/instructors. Another Simorgh girl started her work as an assistant in the social work department as well as being co-facilitator in art classes at OMID. The fourth position has been allocated to the education department, in the role of an assistant. The next selected long woman is working in the external affairs department as an assistant to facilitate the connection between the girls and the volunteer teachers who visit OMID to help with their school education as well as university entrance exams. Our inside newspaper MEHRDOKHT is now run by one of our leadership program participants and she is an editor of MEHRDOKHT. The final of the seven selected young women in this program started her work as a co-facilitator in developmental and art classes. The areas of work and roles allocated to each young woman were decided after long discussions and careful consideration by the leadership group. Each assignment was carefully made based on their qualifications and personalities, as well as considering where at OMID each of them can learn more. Every month, each mentor is mandated to write a performance report. This report is mainly used by the leadership group to provide a better platform for our young women to reach their full potential. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that the overall performance of our selected participants has been phenomenal so far and the future of OMID with its own young women running it, is now more than just a dream.