To favor full social integration, equal opportunities and the improvement of the quality of life of young people leaving care in risk of social exclusion, accompanying them in their process of emancipation.
Trust, quality, commitment, innovation, inclusion, enthusiasm and participation.
WHAT WE DO
In Punt de Referència we work to favor the full emancipation of vulnerable youth, mainly extutelated young people at the time when they leave the care centers at the age of 18 years. We do this through the support of a professional team, which guides them in practical and important aspects for their future such as job placement, housing search, training or legalization of papers in the case of foreigners. We have living accomodation with educational support, where young people can rehearse their autonomous life journey and exercise their personal, social or work skills under the supervision of an educator
What makes Punt de Referència unique and innovative are the mentoring projects, through which we offer voluntary accompaniment to these vulnerable youth. In these projects, volunteers become the adult references that accompany the young people in their emancipation process.
On June 30th the Association was constituted, initially with headquarters in the premises of the Fundació Mercè Fontanilles and later in a space of the Casal d’Associacions Juvenils de Barcelona.
Definition of the Referents project and beginning of the first pilot group of volunteers.
The Association joined the Federation of Assisted Living Entities (FEPA), an umbrella organization created with the objective of bringing together the interests of the organizations that work with extutelated youth, and the Catalan Federation of Social Volunteers (FCVS).
Commissioned by the Support Area for the Tutelated and Extutelated Youth (ASJTET) we defined a project of family welcome, the TAKE IN Project. During the 2002-03 academic year we started the project with the first pilot group.
We opened a new space to respond to other demands of young people, the Support Program, which began with educational initiatives and information.
Punt de Referència participated in the European project ENCYMO. We joined a meeting in Paris that allowed us to learn about other experiences of voluntary accompanying in Europe. This event was a meaningful point for the the organization since it confirmed that our mentoring project, innovative in Catalonia and Spain, is a recognized practice, well valued and with a long journey in Europe.
In September we expanded the offer of services to young people, with the opening of the first assisted apartment, the “Trampolí” in the neighborhood of Sant Gervasi (nowadays in the neighborhood of Hostafrancs), with capacity for three people.
Igaxes Association of Galicia replicated the Referents project.
Our belief in networking brought us closer to ECAS (Catalan Entities of Social Action) and we joined in to take an active part, specifically in the Immigration Commission.
The Journey project is born, to offer advice and accompaniment to youth.
The organization changed headquarters to Sant Antoni Abat St., thanks to the support of Escola Pia of Catalonia.
Punt de Referència extended its offer of assisted apartments with the opening of “El Pas”, in the neighborhood of Sagrada Familia (currently in the Poblenou neighborhood), with three places for young people.
A new project was developed, the First Welcome service.
We initiated an alliance with the Solidarity Service Foundation, to start the DOMUS Autonomous apartments Program, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
A research study was completed and presented: “Voluntary accompanying and affective bond. Accompanying experiences with extutelated youth”.
We started the working group “European Mentoring and Befriending Group” (EMBG) within the ENCYMO Network with the aim of reaching an agreement on professional criteria of good practices in voluntary accompaniment 1 to 1, preparing support manuals and exchanging experiences among professionals in France, England and Germany.
The Association is declared of PUBLIC UTILITY: a tool of transparency, quality and accountability.
The “European Mentoring and Befriending Group” working group ends with the presentation of the European Mentoring Charter in the European Parliament in Brussels.
We designed a new proposal for action based on our European experience and began to work to extend the practice of mentoring in the territory. We established the basis of a coordinator of mentoring entities, which would be deployed in the following years.
A new concept of assisted apartment is born: Equinox, a apartment with educational support, both professional and voluntary. The project is co-managed with the Sunday Community of Sant Feliu de Llobregat.
Two replicas of the Referents project are launched, one in Girona by the Cooperativa Suara, and the other in Lleida by CIJCA-Salesians.
Start of the Social Mentoring Coordinator, as a project still linked to Punt de Referència. Inspired by Punt de Referència in partnership with three other associations: Fundació Servei Solidari, Fundació Èxit and the University of Girona, with projects that adopt mentoring as a method of attention to vulnerable population.
The “Take a job” action starts within the project “Journey”, to improve opportunities for young people entering the labor market.
Punt de Referència organizes the 1st Conference on Mentoring for Inclusion, with the participation of speakers such as David Dubois (USA), an international mentoring researcher, and Amos Carmeli (Israel), director of the oldest mentoring program in Europe , the Perach Program.
The Association participates in the first research study on the impact of mentoring projects, coordinated by the Social Mentoring Coordinator and led by the University of Girona.
A year of strengthening the mentoring projects, marked by two key moments:
Presentation of the results of the “Study of the impact evaluation of social mentoring programs”, in which the Referent project participated.
Organization of the “European Meeting of Social Mentoring”, an event that was part of Barcelona European Capital of Volunteering 2014, in which 7 European organizations, 8 mentoring projects from other autonomous communities and 10 projects from Catalonia participated.
Punt de Referència celebrates its 18 years of existence accompanying young people when they reach the legal age of majority (18).
The Referents Project grows to almost 60 couples per year and its systematization is improved. For this reason, the “Manual of implementation of a mentoring program: the Referents project” is written; we offer training and advice to launch new mentoring projects in other entities, such as Fundació Comtal in Barcelona, Fundació Natzaret de Mallorca, Igaxes of Galicia, Vasija de Guadalajara Association and Ilundain Foundation of Navarra.
The Coordinator of Social Mentoring project is constituted as an association with its own legal personality. In the period 2016-2019 Punt de Referència will occupy the Presidency of the Board of Directors of the new Coordinator.
Punt de Referència joins the “European Evidence-based Mentoring Research Center”, constituted during the European Mentoring Summit in Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and the European Learning Network on Mentoring Programs for migrants.
All this work in mentoring will be reflected in MentorAbilities, a new project of occupational mentoring in collaboration with three other entities.
Punt de Referència begins accompanying young people under the age of 16 with the launch of GR 16-18, responding thus to the growing demand of professionals in residential care for tutelated youth.
Opening of the third assisted apartment assisted “Fent Camí”. In this case it is a mixed apartment with 4 places in Cornellà de Llobregat.
Our mentoring experience lead us to cooperate in a European project of the People in Need organization in Prague, and locally to teach mentoring to Fundació Ampans and Cooperativa Actua.
We have designed and taught the Management of a Social Mentoring project training courses and workshops (face-to-face and on-line), offered by the Social Mentoring Coordinator.
Punt de Referència receives the Solidarity Prize awarded by the Catalonian Institute of Human Rights.
The Assisted apartments project is expanded with the opening of a fourth apartment “Horitzó”, with 4 places in Hospitalet de Llobregat.
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Punt de Referència is registered in the CENSUS of ENTITIES that PROMOTE the CATALAN LANGUAGE.
This census groups together associations that carry out activities that promote positive attitudes towards Catalan or tend to increase its knowledge or use among the population in general or in specific groups.
Donations in favor of associations that have among their purposes the promotion of the Catalan language deduct 15% of the income tax on individuals.
Punt de Referència bets on the sustainability of its actions.
The Municipal Council for the Environment and Sustainability of the Barcelona City Council is the body that promotes the Agenda 21 of Barcelona, a commitment to incorporate a model of sustainable development in the city of Barcelona. Agenda 21 has a frame of reference: the Citizen Commitment to Sustainability, which is a shared project for all citizen organizations that want to contribute to the improvement of sustainability.
Punt de Referència is part of the Citizen Commitment to Sustainability for the period 2012-2022.