TESE - Associação para o Desenvolvimento.
A professional guidance, training and accompaniment project that fosters the ability of vulnerable young people to make decisions and take action towards their sustainable socio-professional inclusion.
What solution does the innovation propose?

Orienta.te (‘Orient yourself’) targets young people between the ages of 14 and 30. The project aims to increase participants' personal and interpersonal skills to promote autonomy and strengthen the network of professional, social and family supports around them. The intervention is based on three strategic areas: employability and employment; participation, civic and community rights and duties; and digital inclusion.

Impact evidence

  • From 2013 to 2016, the programme offered 3,779 activities to 662 participants.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, 85 participants improved their personal autonomy and interpersonal skills, 60 strengthened their personal, family and professional networks, and 161 improved their ICT skills.
  • In 2016, 41% were involved in jobs, training or education after participating in the project.
How does it work?

The project integrates a wide range of activities and is co-managed by the participants, who take part in its Youth Assemblies. 

Among the activities, the ‘Descobre.te’ programme aims to improve resilience among participants through individualised support, with the objective of building life projects. The intervention is designed to provide youth with a specific space where they can identify what gives meaning to their lives. Participants are accompanied through a process in which they recognise and learn how to use the resources they have available and while developing new skills. The process links them to employment, enrols them in training or involves them in a mentoring relationship.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Estoril, Portugal.
Where has been implemented so far
Implemented throughout the municipality of Cascais.
Last updated: 
June 2017