40 years accompanying young people to enhance their growth and employability

Socio-educational intervention model Tomillo
A person-centered accompaniment process

Tomillo is a promoter and active partner of the Second Chance Schools (E2O) network, with which it shares an innovative pedagogical model.

Our intervention is mainly aimed at young people between 15 and 29 years old and their family environment, coming from contexts of social vulnerability in the south of Madrid. We propose flexible and personalized itineraries, focused on the development of essential and job skills, while establishing a close link with the business world.

This model is the core of our identity and what we do and focuses on the integral development of young people, considering their needs and potential. The model works on the following levers of change:

  • Improve socioemotional, technical, and instrumental competencies.
  • Identify personalized objectives aligned with individual vocation,
  • Facilitate access to educational and employment opportunities, and
  • To build support networks to promote life projects.
Guidance and accompaniment are based on 5 fundamental pillars
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At the heart of our intervention is the building of a positive bond.

We refer to the relationship that is built between young people and the professionals who accompany them in their itinerary. This foundation is essential for young people to commit to their personal development and allows them to dismantle limiting beliefs derived from previous unsuccessful experiences in the educational system.

At the same time, the linkage to other levels is favored:

With the organization itself, fostering a sense of belonging to the Tomillo Foundation,

With the community and environment of origin, accompanying young people in the creation of bridges to the territory, promoting new ways of participation (associations, neighborhood communities, among others).

The innovative intervention we propose is based on the harmonious integration of formal and non-formal education in a single learning ecosystem. Our approach goes beyond providing educational alternatives; we seek to develop a sustainable environment for the long-term growth of young people. We have designed our own competency framework that addresses socioemotional, instrumental and technical-professional competencies.

  • Socioemotional Competencies: Inspired by the CASEL framework, we identified 6 key competencies, such as self-awareness, self-regulation and relational skills.
  • Instrumental Competences: These include, among others, reading competence and digital competence, which are the basic skills to be able to adapt to different contexts of our current social environment.
  • Technical-Professional Competencies: we develop specific knowledge in specific aspirational areas such as computer programming, electronics, cooking and living room, etc.

We provide young people with all the resources and professionals of the Tomillo Foundation. We recognize the multidimensional reality of each individual, addressing areas such as family, housing, social capital and health. We strengthen employment skills while working in parallel with the family and community environment, encouraging active and sustainable participation.

Recognizing the negative experiences of the traditional educational system, we adopt an active and experiential approach. We abandoned lectures and evaluation by homework and exams. We design activities that promote the development of competencies through practice and reflection. We give relevance to learning spaces, favoring environments similar to coworking spaces, promoting collaboration and diversity of interests of young people and their active participation in the evaluation processes.

We are not alone in this journey. We actively create spaces for collaboration with various key stakeholders, including:

Natural Environment: We connect with family, friends, and associations to which they are linked.

Professionals and Volunteers: We collaborate with social entities, social services, public administrations, companies and educational centers.

We encourage the participation of companies from key sectors that participate in training activities inside and outside the classroom, fostering a strong connection between the itineraries and the work contexts.

Through these connections, we broaden our impact, facilitate sharing and decision making, and work to connect youth with the support network around them, expanding their reach.

Vocational orientation

In Tomillo Foundation we understand Vocational Guidance as a process of socio-educational accompaniment that helps to discover and value who I am, how I am and where I want to go. Appreciating vocations as a fundamental lever when making decisions.

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Orienta+

Sharing innovative routes for the insertion of young people in situations of social vulnerability.

Orienta+ is a Tomillo Foundation project funded by the Regional Ministry of Family, Youth and Social Policy of the Community of Madrid.

Basic Vocational Training is the educational stage with the highest school failure rate in the entire system: 35% of the students enrolled drop out before completing their first year of studies.

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Itinerary+

Basic Vocational Training is the educational stage with the highest school failure rate in the entire system: 35% of the students enrolled drop out before completing their first year of studies.

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Effective and participatory methodologies

We provide effective tools and methodologies to enhance learning and school success.

One of these methodologies is Service Learning (SL), an educational proposal that combines learning and community service processes in a single project.

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