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UNICEF Ukraine supports youth clubs in Eastern Ukraine and launches Small Grants Program for active youth

SLOVIANSK / SVIATOHIRSK, Ukraine, 29 June 2016 – UNICEF Ukraine today launched a Small Grants Program for active young citizens in Sloviansk and Sviatohirsk. The Small Grants, administered by youth club “Teplytsya” in Sloviansk and the Community Protection Centre “Slavic Heart” in Sviatohirsk, will enable young people aged 14-25 to come forward with their project ideas under the motto “Have an idea? Make it happen!” and get funding to realize their proposals.

“With this initiative we want to activate the immense potential young people in eastern Ukraine have”, said UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Co-Ordinator Natasha Stojkovska at the launch of the program in Sloviansk today. “The youth clubs here in Sloviansk and in Sviatohirsk are the first we support, but we are working on several other locations as well and all of them will benefit also from the Small Grants program.”

The Small Grants for active youth will give teenagers and young people a chance to apply with project ideas worth up to 15,000 UAH each and receive the necessary funds to put their ideas into practice. “From organizing concert, helping underprivileged children, cleaning up their cities, providing innovative ways of access for children with disabilities or simply renovating their schools – we’re open for the ideas of the young people here and we’ll be happy to take their views and wishes into account”, the UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Co-Ordinator said at the youth club “Teplytsya” in Sloviansk.

A special focus of the project is to include IDPs children in the five regions of eastern Ukraine and make another step towards better integration of people who lost their homes due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on for more than two years now.

UNICEF Ukraine currently implements the project “Towards greater social cohesion and integration of IDPs in eastern Ukraine” with financial contribution from the German government through KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) in five regions (Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia).

As part of the initiative, UNICEF Ukraine supports Community Protection Centres and youth clubs to strengthen the local communities and engage young people in shaping their future. A total of 250,000 USD will be made available for small grants developed by young people (aged 14-25) and administered by partner NGOs.

For further information, please contact:

Olga Samoilova
Communication Specialist, UNICEF Ukraine
Тel.: + 380 50 445 0331



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