UNICEF announces online programme to support youth projects

22 July 2020


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced the recruitment of youth teams for the UPSHIFT international innovation programme. Young people from all over Ukraine have an opportunity to receive mentorship assistance and up to UAH 60,000 for the implementation of their social innovation projects.

UPSHIFT is a global innovations programme, that covers 23 countries worldwide. It aims to develop young people’s 21st century skills and spread knowledge of social entrepreneurship. The Programme is supporting young people through training, mentoring and provision of funding to their initiatives that intend to solve problems of youth and find innovative solutions for their communities.

The online edition of UPSHIFT Ukraine programme invites youth teams of three to five participants between 14 and 21 years of age from all oblasts of Ukraine. The deadline to submit the application is 5 August 2020: https://bit.ly/UpshiftUkraine

The organisers take a particular interest in supporting projects on media literacy and Internet security; digitalisation, online education and culture, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; environment and climate change; youth employment, social entrepreneurship and skills; mental health of adolescents and young people.

"Over 1.6 billion children and youth worldwide do not have access to schools and are forced to switch to distance learning. Now it is more critical than ever before to ensure that youth have the opportunity and access to learning 21st century skills and competencies. We launch UPSHIFT online to enable young people from all the regions of Ukraine to join the Programme and receive the skills they require in order to become successful in their future," said Laura Bill, UNICEF Acting Representative in Ukraine.

Launched in 2018 the UPSHIFT programme is being implemented in Ukraine in partnership with the “Professional Development of Kharkiv” NGO. 

“We started implementing UPSHIFT in one city of Kharkiv, and today we have expanded the program to the whole of Ukraine. This proofs that UPSHIFT is in great demand among young people. Our Foundation has been working in the field of career guidance and employment for seven years already. During this time, we have repeatedly seen how important it is to develop competencies and provide opportunities for young people, that in the long run will help them find a decent job. Moreover, due to the Programme, young people help society by implementing projects that can change lives of communities in Ukraine,” said Iryna Fomenko, Head of “Professional Development of Kharkiv” NGO.

Over 700 young people had been participating in the Programme during 2018-2020. In total, 90 youth teams received funding for their projects totalling about UAH 6,000,000 from the European Union, the Government of Japan, ING Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

More information about the Programme can be found on UPSHIFT Ukraine’s website and Facebook page. Video stories of the Programme participants can be seen at UNICEF’s YouTube channel.


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Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Ukraine


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