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Youth resource centres to focus on needs of the most vulnerable adolescents and youth in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda Region

KYZYLORDA, Kazakhstan, 1 July 2016 – The Akimat (Administration) of Kyzylorda, jointly with UNICEF, has launched an initiative to enhance the professional skills of staff at youth resource centres (YRC) and guide YRC’s work into a new level where the focus will be given to the most vulnerable groups of youth and adolescents.

Effective services can be provided by skillful and well-informed professionals. In order to help the YRCs crucially amend its interaction with youth and adolescents, develop needs-oriented services for youth and train YRC personnel to plan effective services and programmes for youth focusing on the most vulnerable groups UNICEF and the Akimat have started building capacity of YRCs.

The YRC capacity building process focuses on basic skills needed for working with youth, forms of interaction with youth, the implementation of youth policies, development of concepts and plans of YRCs, methods, planning and assessment of youth needs, including the needs of the most vulnerable adolescents and youth. As a result of the initiative, the YRCs will shift from one-off activities to holistic approach in providing sustainable services to the most vulnerable youth and adolescents, including those in NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

UNICEF experts led by Alex Farrow from YouthPolicy.Org will help YRC staff strengthen skills to work with youth experiencing life difficulties, unemployed, self-employed and those who urgently need consultative-psychological assistance, guidance and motivation in order to improve their state.
“Two years after starting our work on State Youth Policy in 2014, it is fantastic to be in Kyzylorda working to implement youth policy at the regional and local level.

Across the world, youth work is considered a major tool in supporting young people to achieve their ambitions, overcome their obstacles and be positive members of society. In Kazakhstan, this is a vital task. With the commitment of the Republic and Region government, we are working to professionalise work with young people and to ensure it focuses on improving the lives of young people, not just focus on one-off events. With a strong experience in East Kazakhstan, we are excited to working in Kyzylorda and Mangistau over 2016 and 2017 to continue this needed and useful work with youth across the country," says Alex Farrow from YouthPolicy.Org.

“We are pinning high hopes on this shift in YRC’s work, because the staff of our youth resource centres will acquire new skills and knowledge from international experts and share their own experience of working with youth and adolescents. This will contribute to forming a new model of work of YRCs. We are looking on new ways of addressing the needs of the most vulnerable young people. When we succeed in this, we will see how thousands of young people will improve their wellbeing and contribute to the development of our country,” says Yerkebulan Menlibayev, the deputy head of the Internal Policy Department of the Kyzylorda Regional Administration.

“What I like is the new approaches that YRCs will apply after this capacity building excerciese, namely – providing services for youth based on the assessment of their needs, including of those most vulnerable,” says a staff member of the Kyzylorda Youth Resource Centre Ardak Aukenov.

As a result of the first stage of the YRC capacity building, the UNICEF experts together with YRC personnel developed indicators on youth participation; the number of youth people and young women from NEET group who have been provided with jobs, training and guidance and advice; number of programmes for girls and young women; youth’s participation in different social activities; the level of satisfaction of youth aged 14-29 who participate in Youth Resource Centre activities.

It is envisaged that YRCs will play an important role in the system for monitoring of child and youth well-being in Kyzylorda Region. The system will provide comprehensive information on factors affecting well-being of children and young people taking into account education and health status, family and social environment, security and protection, economic well-being as well as gender, age, rural/urban area disaggregation.

UNICEF is working in Kyzylorda Region as part of the joint programmes between the UN and the Kazakh Government for the period of 2014-2016. The main goal of the programmes is to improve living standards through the introduction of innovative approaches to providing economic, social and environmental services to the local population, including the most vulnerable groups.


For further information, please contact:

Sultan Khudaibergenov, Communication Officer, UNICEF in Kazakhstan: +7701 943 0690  





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