The Mongolian Association of State Alumni (MASA) successfully trained 40 school social workers who will become Career Counselors for high school students at 40 different secondary schools in Ulaanbaatar. On April 20, 2015 the Public Affairs Associate Shannon Moore and the Alumni Coordinator Ider-Uugan G. met the social workers on their final day of training and congratulated them on the successful completion of their training. The training took place over a period of three months, and during that time the social workers reached more than 3,000 students and gave individual career counseling sessions for 50 students.
This training was a part of the Right Decision, Bright Future project organized by MASA. Funded by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), Right Decision, Bright Future aims to fill the gap in career counseling for high school students. It has two main components: training for the school social workers and the production of series of 10 career counseling videos that can be used by Mongolians throughout the country.
This project resulted in improved career decision knowledge for high school social workers in Ulaanbaatar and provided a firm foundation that will prepare qualified applicants for colleges and the workforce.
Created by the U.S. State Department in 2011, AEIF supports alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences.