A compass in coffee

Area — Guidance

Brief description of the main purposes and contents 

Activities related to school orientation “A compass in coffee”


In the summer period following the end of the lessons, some schools and associations meet young people in need of an orientation or reorientation activity. The reasons are different: young foreigners who do not know the Italian school system and often do not have sufficient competence in the Italian language to understand such a complex and delicate moment of choice, as well as their families.

For young Italians, among the cases of “summer school orientation” there are often situations of semi-school dropout and very low interest and motivation towards school experience.


As part of the orientation action of the Cpia Napoli city 1 in the three-year project “Beautiful presence”, an action symbolically called “A compass in coffee” has been carried out since last year. This activity was carried out thanks to the cooperation between Cpia, IC, Studio Keller, and Dedalus.

The aim of this intervention is to offer young people and their families an opportunity to rethink with greater awareness or to evaluate new proposals for secondary school or CPIA courses (there are no VET courses for students under 16).

The actions for some young foreigners were supported by linguistic mediators.

Criteria to which the identified good practice corresponds

Relevance to one or more of the 4 identified themes – involvement of adults in training, guidance, teaching and learning of basic skills, validation of non-formal and informal skills.

Reasons why the project / program is considered a “good practice”, in light of the criteria identified above

It is a service in great demand by the territory and by educational agencies. Thanks to this activity a strong network has been built between the different subjects involved in this sector.

Implementing Organization/Entity

Cooperativa Dedalus

Main target group

Adult people in general

Source of funding

Private (Foundations, sponsorships, participation fees)

Which stakeholders were involved in the implementation of the project / program? How did they get involved?

Third sector organizations, Lower and Upper Secondary Schools.

How does the practice contribute to improving / promoting the social inclusion of beneficiaries?

Orientation activities take place through individual interviews in informal contexts and situations, just like when inviting a relative to have a coffee to discuss something important.

The informality of the action creates greater intimacy in order to highlight skills and critical issues, consequently the guidance work has more chances of success.

After the experience of last year, for young people with greater frailty, the need of a supporting educator has emerged, in order to allow continuity and support for the choices already made.

What elements of the project / program could be easily transferred to other contexts?

The possibility of providing informal moments of orientation in other places not related to the school.

Other potential target groups to which the project / program could be extended

Minors who do not complete their studies.

Has the project / program foreseen an evaluation phase?

Yes, it has.

If so, what were the results and what actions were taken on the basis of these?

Still in progress.

Participation data (if available, also indicate the reference period and the data relating to the number of people reached, with particular regard to those with low education / skills at risk of obsolescence)

350 and more.

Description of the methods of implementation and any recommendations

Project is still in progress

Project / program website or other online reference resources