05 December 2021

How volunteers power Ukrainian city’s recycling revolution

Bohdana Rushchak, 21, is something of a recycling expert. She knows precisely which materials can be composted, which plastics can be recycled and how to give a new life to old cardboard. The young student also teaches locals in Drohobych, Lviv, how to do the same at the city’s new waste sorting station. What is more, as a volunteer, Bohdana does…, “We give things a second life”, Bohdana is busy sorting through the piles of bottles, cardboard, tin and glass that locals have brought into the sorting station, known as Dro.Eco.Logical. “The main thing is that the garbage they bring us should be clean, dry and flattened,” she says. Over the past year, Bohdana has become heavily involved with various environmental initiatives…, “You can do a good deed from home”, Bohdana knows the power of social media, which is why she recently hired a team of volunteers to help run the station’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I saw a lot of people coming to us at the station who said: “I saw you on Facebook and decided to come and see. Tell me what you have here,” she says. Until recently, she had struggled to run the…, “Volunteering is developing in small cities”, Bohdana says that the response proves not only how important the environment is to young people in Ukraine, but also how popular volunteering is. “Many young people are now joining the volunteer movement,” she says. “Volunteering is developing in small cities. I see how – thanks to the Platform – telephone volunteering is developing. And this is…
19 November 2021

That's how kids like me can change the world

"Hi there! My name is Viktoria and I am a child. That’s right, I’m 16 and I am an active member of various boards and projects.   People often say: 'She is much more active than one can expect from her age'. And I ask myself: is activism measured by age? Do you have to be at least 18 years old to launch a project, a start-up or a blog? I've met a…, How I became what I am now , My path as an activist began with the words: 'Vika, come on. Why do you need to do this? Children don’t decide anything. It all depends on the grown-ups!'   Four years ago, I was not perceived as someone who could change things. But do not be afraid to express your opinion. Over the years, I have taken part in various discussions and meetings. I’…, It all starts with school , In my experience, school often has its ups and downs – there can be friends and learning, but also bullying and conflict. I believe that school is an important part of our lives. After all, it is the environment in which teenagers develop their point of view.  It is through the media that we have an opportunity to make our voices heard. Therefore…, 'You’ll understand everything when you grow up', Sayings like 'your parents know what is best for you' and 'you’ll understand everything when you grow up' prevent young people from moving forward. They create a conditional barrier between the parents, the child and the futures of all.   In my home city of Lviv, I was very indignant when our opinion was not listened to when we tried to repair an…, From setback to opportunity , Do you know what problem affects millions of people? COVID-19. It came into our lives just as unexpectedly as a bee stings you barefoot in the summer.  Things have been very difficult. But if you look at the situation from a different angle, the pandemic also provided opportunities. During lockdown, I didn’t have anything to watch and wanted to…
21 July 2020

Reimagining visual art: out of the virus and out of the box

About the author, Iulia is a fifteen-year-old high school student from Chisinau, Moldova. Besides being an active volunteer and an outstanding student, who participates in international academic championships, Iulia adores art and has many talents. She performs in theatre and is one of the lead singers of the first musical inclusion project in Moldova – Youth choir…, Who’s the artist?, Art will survive through every disaster and people will survive along with it. Energy of creation will never exhaust, and it is what helps to balance on the ball during the time of destruction. Coronavirus gave birth to countless maybe-not-professional but wonderful artworks. You can be an artist if you have a story to tell. COVID-19 is a new…, Who’s the muse?, Pandemic has seen a large amount of different peculiar works but all of them can be described in two words: LIVING PAINTINGS. This name has wide range of meanings. Let’s start with the one I’ve tried myself. Living on the canvas For people lockdown resulted in urge to find how to entertain themselves. The idea of reimagining and staging famous…, What’s the material?, In spite of David Hockney being 82 years old, he managed to catch up to modern methods of drawing. His work above was created on iPad and it represents a surprising combination of new and old. I think that world will follow the same path: nature will reclaim it’s meaning for us, but the world will become more digital. Now many artists run out of…, What’s the purpose?, Art makes information more understandable and easier to embrace. That’s why it will conquer the world penetrating in every part of our life, from school textbooks to official documents, and demand in it will grow. Just look at how Ministry of culture of Ukraine decided to remind people of protecting measures from COVID-19: Hand sanitiser art This…