Hand craft workshop in Drohobych
In our report from October 28, 2016 we told you about the previous “generation” of youth clubs which ran their activities through 2015/16 school year. Now, let us briefly present the “next generation” which is currently active thanks to your kind support.
This year 6 youth clubs (re-)opened their doors and welcomed some of the regular and many new participants. We were particularly excited about two of them (one in Smila of Cherkasy Oblast and one in Drohobych of Lviv Oblast), since they have been active from the very beginning of the project in 2014.
“The Secret of Success” is a youth club in Drohobych. It is attended by children and young people deprived of parental care, youngsters from internally displaced families and families of people taking part in anti terroristic operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine. “I love attending the place where I can talk about interesting and important things, plan activities with other teenagers”, - says Tonya*, one of the participants.
Youth club “Step to Success” in Smila is functioning at the local professional school. The students with low motivation to study are the core target group of the club. Most of them (being either orphaned or deprived of parental care) are former permanent residents and pupils from residential institutions of the nearby towns (where they never used to have sufficient opportunities for useful leisure activities and development). “Youth club is in some ways like primary school for these young people. – says youth trainer Maksym, - They learn many things for the first time. Especially, the things about the nature of love, professional choice etc.”
Youth club “Alternative” in Dnipro is also functioning at the local professional school. Many of the participants invite their peers to join and, as a result, nearly 40 young people are active participants of the club. As well as in Smila, many of them grew up in residential institutions or families in difficult life circumstances. “Some of the young people never used to move around the city alone or did not know how to cook simple food before. – says Katia, one of the trainers of the club. – But after half a year of active participation in youth club activities they became more confident and capable to stand for themselves.”
Youth clubs called “How to Become Successful” are functioning in Kaniv of Cherkasy oblast and Odesa. Katia and Aloyna, youth trainers of the clubs, both point out that more and more young people are aware of such clubs in their communities and willing to join.
The last but not the least is the Club of Successful Youth functioning in Kyiv. This club was described in detail in our report from December 27, 2016 as an example of persistence and belief in importance of youth work. In January 2017 youth trainer Natalia managed to establish a second club for younger children (14-16 years) from internally displaced families.
As you can see from our project profile, just 10 dollar is already enough to provide a full set of learning materials for one youth club participant. But look how much impact it creates! From these materials and handouts (with the help of the trainer, of course) participants learn the things that formal school or residential institutions fail to teach about. And with your continuous support we have been able to provide them for over 800 young people already in the first two years of the project (2014-2016)! This is incredible! What is more, your support helped to enrich their knowledge and skills with other useful activities, provide mini-grants for realization of their own small projects and as a result, raise their confidence and encourage them to become active community members. Therefore, let us, once again, tell you how grateful we are for making all of these things possible!
On behalf of all the youth club participants and the whole project team thank you for being with us!
Project Communications Offcer
and the whole team of Partnership for Every Child
*The names of the beneficiaries are changed to protect their identities
Hand made flowers by YC participants (Drohobych)
New Year's Celebration in Smila
After a cooking workshop in Dnipro
Youth club training in Kaniv
Youth club training in Odesa