Sloviansk: Active Youth for A Democratic Future
From April 8 to 9, the Ukrainian NGO "Youth of Eastern Ukraine" and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom hosted the training "Civic Activity of Youth" in Sloviansk, within the framework of the project "Public Education for Youth in the East of Ukraine". About thirty participants from Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Mykolaivka and Toretsk learned more about being responsible for or taking an active part in projects for society, uniting around shared values.
Nikita Andreev, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the National Agency for Quality Assurance of Higher Education, talked about youth leadership and the role youth may have in society nowadays. The coach provided an example of his own work showing that young people are able to initiate change processes.
In group work the participants identified the urgent needs of young people in their region and proposed some mechanisms of solving civil society problems involving youth. The main challenges named were opportunities for self-realisation, poor quality of education and youth unemployment.
Advocacy was in the focal topic of a workshop with the coach Kateryna Stetsura. She introduced the basics of project management, planning and budgeting.
The participants moreover learned more about fundraising and on how finding partners for projects. All were particularly interested in the group work on resources' provision. Every participant had a chance to consider realistic positive changes he or she could bring about in society and learned how to find hands-on support for the realisation of projects.
Oksana Ivanik, Project Coordinator of the NGO "Insha Osvita" (Alternative Education), talked about organising team work and building relationships between team members in order to work effectively. Teambuilding lessons united all participants; in the practical cooperation they found like-minded contacts and practiced the exchange of ideas and experiences. Oksana Ivanik also helped the participants to understand how to control the implementation of a project and to prepare accounting documents.
As a concrete follow-up the participants are going to develop their own projects (e.g. regarding students mobility, career guidance at schools, a youth center in the newly-united local community and youth employment) in order to take part in a competition organised by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom together with “Youth of Eastern Ukraine” in June 2017 – for more high-quality youth work in the region.