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Global UNICEF Campaign and regional NGO Siberian Initiative unite 135 youth volunteers from all over Russia in Southern Siberia

© UNICEF Russia / Alena Svirid / 2007
Summer School participants at a training session.

For five unforgettable days this August, UNICEF’s long term partner, the non-governmental organization Siberian Initiative, brought together 135 volunteers from 51 youth organizations working against HIV/AIDS across Russia.

Carel de Rooy, the UNICEF representative in the Russian Federation, visited this Summer School for Volunteers to meet the young people whose dedication has a huge effect on the lives of thousands of their peers through one-to-one counseling, facilitating group training, referring them to youth-friendly services, organizing mass actions and events on HIV/AIDS, STI, drug abuse and prevention, as well as promotion of a healthy life style.

The young people came to the Summer School from 27 different regions of Russia to share their diverse experiences and learn more about UNFPA’s initiative Y-PEER, the Dance for Life action-run in Russia by the Focus-Media Fund, leadership and networking, personal development and counseling of especially vulnerable adolescents.

© UNICEF Russia / Alena Svirid / 2007
Summer School Students, Andrey Gerish, MOE (on the left end of the upper row, Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative in Russia (next to Mr.Gerish), Lidia Bardakova, UNFPA acting representative (next to Mr. de Rooy)

Thanks to the national HIV prevention project which is supported by the Russian Federal Government, TV presenter Alexey Lisenkov and rock musician Yulia Chicherina also came to the Summer School. They will also reach millions of Russian adolescents about the event on August 24th when they appear in the weekly TV program “AIDS Ambulance”.

UNICEF has been supporting the Summer School for seven years now since it first began in 2000. This year, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Development, UNFPA and GTZ also joined in to make the project even more successful.

For more information:

United Nations Children’s Fund
Address: 4/17 Pokrovsky blvd., building 1, office 19/20
101000 Moscow, Russian Federation
Telephone: +7 495 933 8818
Fax: +7 495 933 8819




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