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For families with teenagers: Buddy

Our goal is to collaborate with families with children, whose behavior has or might lead to unlawful actions. The program promotes adolescent health, individual development, social and personal care skills, as well as supports education and employment.

We work also with families with children (approximately 30 families a month) insight of Riga’s Social Services (RSS) Northern and Latgale district centers, in which the actions of their teenage children have or might lead to unlawful actions.

The basic principle of the program is participation – participation of a family is voluntary and appropriate; the environment is friendly and encouraging; equality between opportunities is ensured. Participation contributes to the safety and protection of a family and a child; feedback and evaluation are issued at the end of cooperation (participation of evaluating needs, planning and evaluating the service.

The team is working in close cooperation with other specialists:

  • social worker,
  • psychologist,
  • family psychiatrist
  • narcologist,
  • lawyer,
  • psychiatrist,
  • various educational professionals
  • as well as supporters of sports and active lifestyles.


We believe that one of these teenagers will represent Latvia in a few years as an outstanding thinker - a state patriot, an accomplished athlete.

Who is Buddy?

Within the framework of the adolescent support program „Buddy“ a small group „Buddy“ is established. It is one of „Latvijas Mazpulki“ association’s territorial units. Association „Latvijas Mazpulki“ aims to promote full personality development by helping children and teenagers prepare for independent work life and integration in a rapidly changing society. The association attempts to involve children and teenagers in creating a harmonic, clean environment and promoting balanced development in their parish, city and country; promote initiative and participation in making decisions and in social life.

Within the framework of the Program, there is an active girl group „Between Us Girls“. The girls came up with the name themselves. The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for girls to create a unified positive self-image based on their interests, abilities, dreams, and ambitions.

The group lessons are organized after non-formal education principles– learning by doing, learning to be with others, learning to be, learning – learning.

In group lessons teenagers also practice social skills– communication, non-verbal communication, being a part of a group, recognition, and expression of emotions, caring for themselves and others, solving problems, listening skills, managing conflicts, defending themselves.


Anna Pelna

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Elīna Smilškalne

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Andris Vagals

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