Education
 Ukraine
Project #15531

Youth 4 Youth: building skills, transforming lives

by Partnership for Every Child
Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)
Y4Y delegated participants: Tanya (1 on the left)

Dear Friends,

feeling the cool breath of autumn in the air, we are sending to you our warmest greetings! =)

Today we would like to continue telling you the stories of achievements made by the young people who have attended the youth clubs over the last academical year.

In our latest report we summarized the results of the first “Youth 4 Youth” project year and told you about the summer camp that gathered together youth clubs participants from different regions. Listening to young people exhanging their impressions and emotions was very inspiring! Unfortunately, the camp came to an end and so the first year of our project was also completed.

However, more exciting meetings and discoveries were on their way!

As the final gathering was over, two of the most active participants, Tanya from Smila and Yaroslav from Lyubotyn, were awarded with an opportunity attend another summer camp organized by our partners from the social project “Ticket to Success”. Thanks to your constant support we were able to cover most of the expenses, so that Tanya and Yaroslav could further improve their social skills and find even more friends!

The integrational camp called “Big Game for TEENS” took place between July 26 and August 8, 2015. As the name implies, it was organized as one big quest game. During 10 days children went mountain hiking, visited an adventure park, played lots of interactive team games, took part in tourism competitions and a lot more.

A huge emphasis during in the camp was put on team work.“Besides the interesting discussions, a very valuable experience was work in groups with people that I saw for the first time in my life. Finding common grounds with them and figuring an approach towards every and each of them turned out to be pretty simple. This means that the trainings in my, since recently, favourite youth club “How to become successful” were useful!”,- Tanya told us after the camp was over.

Every evening participants presented their group impressions and experiences sitting around the camp fire. It was one of the many ways to enhance their social skills and make new friends.“Meeting new people is always interesting, but meeting with the similarly-minded people is always better and there were a lot of such people at the summer camp. We were united by many different topics. With some of them we have shared the same taste in music and same taste in books with the others. And some people just shared my life views and opinion on society relations in our country”,

Location chosen for the camp was village Dora in the neighbourhood of Yaremche in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. This village lies in a picturesque mountain valley within the Gorgany mountain range in the Carpathians. During the whole 10 days, teenagers lived in camping tents and spent lots of time in the fresh air. There was no constant time schedule and the rules of behavior were established by participants themselves.

 “It was pretty hard to get used to the camp, but I did it pretty quick and was very unhappy to leave. The easy thing was to get to know nearly everyone and even to find real friends or acquianitances. During the camp I learnt to live autonomously, without support of my brother as I am used to live. I was responsible for myself and my own actions. This camp will remain in my memory forever, as one of the most prominent moments of my life”, - Yaroslav summed up.

Currently, we are working on broadening the network of youth clubs, in order to develop leadership potential and improve life skills of the sensitive youth in all regions of Ukraine. Therefore, your further support to this project will be highly appreciated!

Please, note that today is a Bonus Day! This means every contribution will bring children two times closer to the secure future, since GlobalGiving will be matching online donations at 30%. 

Our project team would like to express to you our deepest gratitude for supporting our effort! Together we help young people to build up solid foundation for their future success!

All of the participants became friends in the camp
All of the participants became friends in the camp
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
Carpathians: exploration of hiking routes
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
All events encouraged eagerness and participation
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
The camp site was surrounded by fascinating nature
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
Bonfire site: the perfect evening time together
The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine
The youth clubs on the map of Ukraine

Dear friends,

In that warm summer day we want to share our great news with you and tell you more about all youth clubs, which were established within the framework of “Youth 4 Youth” project. As you probably remember the overall project objective is to empower disadvantaged youth to serve as the agents of social change for their peers and communities. And after the year of youth clubs functioning there are a real significant changes in every participants’ life. More than 300 young people, 22 youth trainers, 15 cities, 12 regions of Ukraine – these are the results of the project year. Finalizing the year, Partnership for Every Child team met some youth trainers and youth clubs participants on the grant Summer school on  11-13 June 2015. Those were really incredible 3 days together, full of fun, joy, happiness and the best-practices sharing.

At his introductory speech Igor Nosach, Youth4Youth Project Manager, said:” It is a cliché to say that the future belongs to the youth, but few clichés ring as true as this one. Youth development is a key issue and will always remain so. Each youth club has developed its own initiatives when it comes to youth development and there is a lot to learn from each other on this front. We just helped disadvantaged youth to move forward their dreams and give them the knowledge in leadership and social rights. The youth sector would certainly benefit from a more coordinated approach, in particular in area of social changes”.

On the grant Summer school young people shared their experience and successes, spent time together, gained some new skills and, for sure, they also made new friends from different parts of Ukraine. The Summer school program was full of various activities: Quest “How to become successful?”, sport games and competitions on the water, reflections and conversations around the campfire, a wide variety of master classes from the youth trainers, disco and photos-quest for knowledge of the social rights along the central streets of Kyiv. Also youth had interesting informal conversation with guests from the Embassy of Finland, who shared their own experience and career tips & tricks. We hope the photos will help you to experience it more fully.

You will find more information of the youth clubs in the presentation below.

And as the final flourish of our today report we ask you to enjoy a video, made by participants of “Alternative” youth club from Dnipropetrovsk city. It will show you brightly how was it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY9S58hX8hE  

On behalf of all the young people from Youth 4 Youth Project, we send our warmest thanks for your generosity and continuous support of this project. We really sure that Margaret Mead was totally right by saying: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have”. There is a lot of work ahead and a lot of young people, who need well-timed support. Without exaggeration, by preparing disadvantaged youth as the leaders today, we can create a real impact for a better tomorrow.

New and existing youth clubs will re-open on September 2015 and invite more young people to develop thei life skills, to learn and exercise their social rights, to find new friends, to define and decide on their future, and to share experiences with peers. 

To make the next round of achievements possible we would appreciate your further support to this project! And please do remember that on July 15 at Bonus Day your donations become bigger thanks to match from GlobalGiving! 

Here all the Summer school participants together
Here all the Summer school participants together
Quest is starting
Quest is starting
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Youth club presentation from Khmelnytskyi
Here all the participants together
Here all the participants together
Summing up the Summer school
Summing up the Summer school

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How to Prevent Tuberculosis_video shot
How to Prevent Tuberculosis_video shot

Dear Friends,

warm spring greetings from Ukraine to you all.

Today we want to share some motivating video with you. It was made by the participants of Smila youth club “How to become successful”, which was founded in 2014 by your support within the framework of the “Youth 4 Youth” project. This video is about How to Prevent Tuberculosis. You can hear list of recommendations, such as eating well, wash hands, get the BCG vaccination, exercise often and lead a healthy lifestyle. And in the second part of the video you can see how young people spend their time and work together during the youth club meeting.

On behalf of all young people, who are able to change their lives because of well-timed support, we thank you all and want to remind that today is the YouthSpark Bonus Day. All your sincere donations will be matched 50% up.

We believe that together we are changing lives and grateful to you again for the happy beginnings and support. And let’s the young enjoy and develop themselves while they can. 

Stay tuned because our further updates are on the way!

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Youth club presentation in boarding school (Kaniv)
Youth club presentation in boarding school (Kaniv)

Dear friends,

In the previous report we told you about the preparation of «Youth 4 Youth» project participants to creation of youth clubs and regular workshops in accordance with training program «How to become successful».

Properly after the end of basic preparation project participants started creating youth clubs in their communities and preparing project proposals in order to get funding for providing their activities. Thick and fast cheerful messages on founding clubs in different parts of the country have appeared in the project participants’ Facebook account. And the first three participants who provided the training on program «How to become successful», got presents from the Partnership for Every Child.

One of the pioneers in youth clubs creating, Dmytro from Voznesensk describes his experience in such a way: “Then everything was (held) according to the plan. We didn’t postpone. We negotiated on room (space) in the cafe «B-Club». I invited participants. Children from the orphanages and I held an interesting meeting, distributed invitations. In the college (technical school) we just informed students deprived from parental care. Everybody expressed his interest. The first meeting was held successfully.”

But who became club participants? First of all, trainers engage youth of vulnerable categories, such as: children being nurtured in orphanages, homeless care-leavers, youth in conflict with the law, internal displaced children and youth. Trainers also invited active young people to the end that participants from vulnerable youth meet with them and take over patterns of behaviour, different from theirs and develop new positive social ties.

Trainers tried to choose the most optimal meeting locations and agreed time of such meetings with the participants. So, sometimes such locations were space of a city club, library, social service or civil organisation office or college. At the initial stage some chairmen of orphanages were cautious about the idea of providing activities for their pupils external to the orphanages, but eventually they admitted the advisability of such approach. It is important that a young man attends club meetings on his own, he looks for an opportunity to take part instead waiting for specialists to visit an orphanage or any other location of his permanent residence in order to provide some developmental activities.

Club lessons, as a rule, take place every week and last 2-4 hours. They are aimed at the development of vital skills for the youth, enhancing self-assurance, rising awareness on the social rights and recognising of opportunities of their realization in an everyday life. Among other matters, participants study to analyse their actions and to design their way of life; to interact with surrounding people; to build relations with a person of the opposite sex; to settle complicated life situations; to plan a budget; to manage a household; to use time rationally. Significant attention is also paid to planning the further professional education and career.

By the 20th of March 2015 youth trainers of the project «Youth 4 Youth» have provided more than 100 workshops, which covered more than 200 young people in 12 regions of Ukraine. Thanks to your support the Partnership for Every Child have provided grants for realisation of 12 projects in 10 regions of the country at the total amount of 70000 UAH. The money a trainer spends on coffee-breaks, stationery and on the other necessary measures. And the common interesting leisure (bowling, skating and so on) helps to support participants’ motivation to visit club meetings regularly.

Soon the Partnership for Every Child will invite all trainers to the second supervisory meeting. It is planned(expected) that trainers will analyse results of youth clubs activities, will be given tips by the project experts on the settlement of complicated situations during workshops and on the motivation of the youth to active participation. And in early summer the most active participants from all clubs will gather for the final three-day camp!

Stay tuned! More fun ahead!

Club group picture (Kaniv)
Club group picture (Kaniv)
Working together during the club
Working together during the club
One of the first lessons in Dnipropetrovsk
One of the first lessons in Dnipropetrovsk
Cooking workshop (Dnipropetrovsk)
Cooking workshop (Dnipropetrovsk)
Christmas meeting (Dnipropetrovsk)
Christmas meeting (Dnipropetrovsk)
Lyubotyn club in Kharkiv region
Lyubotyn club in Kharkiv region
Soft toy making workshop (Kharkiv region)
Soft toy making workshop (Kharkiv region)
Happy Birthday party (Odessa)
Happy Birthday party (Odessa)
Coffee break in Odessa
Coffee break in Odessa
Tickets of participants for Social Service Centre
Tickets of participants for Social Service Centre
Learning new skills to build better lives
Learning new skills to build better lives

Dear friends,

With the festive season just around the corner, we would like to wish all our supporters happy holidays and all the best in 2015. On behalf of all the young people from “Youth 4 Youth” project, we send our warmest thanks (or Diakuiu, as we say in Ukraine) for your generosity and continuous support of this project. Your donations helped us to reach 50% funding threshold and to achieve incredible results which we are proud to report you on.

First of all, at the start of the new school year in September 2014 the project transferred into the second phase: preparation of the young people for a peer-to-peer work in the communities. To facilitate this process, 5-module workbooks and training manuals have been developed both for youth trainers and their peers. The aim was to help and to guide young people in learning and interaction with their peers, nurturing leadership skills and potential. Written in a friendly language with bright illustrations and design, the handouts have been piloted in the regions during peer-to-peer sessions in the summer and received a very positive feedback.   

Secondly, to utilise the best European practice of raising youth awareness on social rights that would suit the needs of Ukrainian youth, we have outsourced and will adapt an interactive game on social rights "Enter Dignityland" that was developed and freely distributed by the Council of Europe (CoE). In November 2014, active young people with alternative care experience participated in additional workshop within “Youth 4 Youth” Project conducted by the Youth Department representative, Council of Europe. In that way, project participants who wish to support peers in fulfilling social and human rights received a deeper insight into the subject, existing policies and advocacy fundamentals.

To support training efforts, a Facebook group have been created as a platform for conversation and sharing experience. Based across 13 different regions of Ukraine, youth participants have actively joined the members-only group and initiated multifaceted discussions on the issues that matter. Introducing social media into achieving project results has helped towards constant, accessible and efficient communication and interaction.

Finally, we would like to hear your feedback: what inspires you to support us? Do you, like us, believe that inspired youth aspire changes? If the answer is yes, why not like our cause on Facebook and spread the word why it matters to support young people without parental care in their transition into independent, successful life.

Their future selves will thank you immensely.

With best wishes for 2015,

Vasylyna Dybaylo, Project Leader

Your donations helped youth to achieve in 2014
Your donations helped youth to achieve in 2014
Youth representation across 13 regions of Ukraine
Youth representation across 13 regions of Ukraine
At the workshop on social and human rights
At the workshop on social and human rights
Training manuals to guide youth in work with peers
Training manuals to guide youth in work with peers

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Partnership for Every Child

Location: Kyiv, N/A - Ukraine
Website: http:/​/​www.p4ec.org.ua
Project Leader:
Vasylyna Dybaylo
Kyiv, N/A Ukraine