Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives

by Partnership for Every Child
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives
Youth 4 Youth: Building Skills, Transforming Lives

Project Report | Jun 12, 2014
How to become successful: from theory to practice

By Igor Nosach | Project Manager

Thumbs Up 4 Youth
Thumbs Up 4 Youth

Dear friends,

Despite drastic political climate over the past few months in Ukraine, we continue transformational work with young people leaving care even in the areas of the armed conflict on the border with Russia.

This is a “Youth 4 Youth” map of Ukraine: 26 youth trainers, 13 regions of Ukraine, 440 young people attending 87 training sessions since the start of the project. During the trainings youth in formal care have been learning about their personalities, how to plan and to achieve their goals. Also, they have been exploring their abilities to work in a team, to lead and to cooperate, enhancing socialisation, communication and adaptation skills – everything that is needed for a better position and a smooth transition into independent living. On 16 May 2014 our trainers have been officially certified as youth trainers. In addition, 5 of the regional trainers have applied and successfully received mini-grants to continue peer-to-peer work with the care-leavers in their communities (marked with the green flags on the map). 

“The best way to help young people deprived of parental care is to share your time and knowledge with them, offer encouragement and support, listen and make them feel to be heard”, says Alla Kiriiak, a youth trainer from Odesa. “In many instances, youth in care owe their success to a “right person” whom they met on their road to independence. I believe that those unconditional grains planted in their hearts at the start will yield a fruitful harvest of success in the end”, she adds.

“I strive to become a confident person. I hope to meet like-minded friends”, says 15-year-old Danyl from Smila. “Our training is not over yet, but I already keep looking for another meeting. You [trainers working with care leavers] are incredible for being open-minded, listening to us and guiding us towards independence, success and confidence”, adds 16-year-old Alina from Odesa.  

Starting from September, a peer-to-peer work using training course handouts which nurture young people’s new-found capacities will begin. In July, the most active of the young leaders will take part in the International Youth Summit to share their experience on the way from care to independence. As for June, the YouthSpark Bonus Day is right around the corner – which means on June 25th any donations to support Ukrainian orphans will be 100% matched. 

When telling us her story, 17-year-old Anya from Drogobych said: “I would be wrong if I say I am not afraid of my future, but with “Youth 4 Youth” I learn how to fight and to win”. Isn’t it something we all wish for the young people these days? If so, please continue to support us now and into the future.  

We thank you!

Project participants from Odesa youth club
Project participants from Odesa youth club
Definition of success, according to a care leaver
Definition of success, according to a care leaver
Care leavers from Smila during the recent training
Care leavers from Smila during the recent training
"I WILL become successful!" - Zlata, 16, Drogobych
"I WILL become successful!" - Zlata, 16, Drogobych

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Feb 12, 2014
Lights! Camera! Youth in Action!

By Vasylyna Dybaylo | Project Leader

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Partnership for Every Child

Location: Kyiv, N/A - Ukraine
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Partnership for Every Child
Vasylyna Dybaylo
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Vasylyna Dybaylo
Kyiv , N/A Ukraine

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