Kharkiv Youth Received Grants from UNICEF and the EU

03 March 2019
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On 3 March 2019, five projects were identified at V. Karazin Kharkiv National University to receive funding from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU) within the framework of the UPSHIFT Ukraine Global Innovation Programme.

 

The project ideas that will receive grants of up to UAH 80,000 cover issues such as development of an anti-corruption game, raising public awareness of the benefits of vaccination, employment of persons with disabilities, arranging a children’s room at the university, and improving the financial literacy of the population.

“I really enjoyed looking at the teams, seeing them develop certain ideas in the course of discussion,” highlighted Tetiana Sakharuk, Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact in Ukraine. “They are very different, but every team tried hard to find a solution for their concern. I am sure that they are already winners, because they became part of this programme. I believe that every one of them will have a wonderful future.”

The UPSHIFT Ukraine programme is being implemented by the “Professional Development of Kharkiv Fund” NGO within the framework of the UNICEF and EU Youth Support Programme in Eastern Ukraine. It is intended to develop entrepreneurial skills in adolescents and youth as agents of social change, as well as provide opportunities for them to implement their own social entrepreneurship initiatives. As part of the project, young people from the city and oblast of Kharkiv are benefitting from professional development training and mentorship, while the selected teams are receiving grants for their projects.

“All the participants are very focused, and every project that the participants presented makes a lot of sense. And I am sure that the experience you have gained at UPSHIFT Ukraine will definitely help you,” said Olena Sakovich, Education and Youth Team Lead at UNICEF Ukraine,.

The project was supported by the Department of Family, Youth and Sports of Kharkiv City Council. “Such projects should be there, because they help young people to develop. Informal education enables them to get closer, unite into teams and achieve better results than they could individually,” stressed Semen Khmelnytskyi, Deputy Director of the Department of Family, Youth and Sports.

“I am impressed with the depth and diversity of problems that young people in our city are concerned about. They are indeed capable of implementing many useful initiatives. Our team is grateful to the local authorities for their support, and we expect that Kharkiv business will more actively engage in youth initiatives by sharing experiences and knowledge, or providing other support," noted Iryna Fomenko, Chair of the Board of Professional Development of Kharkiv Fund.

On Sunday, the sixth round of the programme was conducted. This is the final round in this academic year. During UPSHIFT Ukraine, 30 teams have received funding to bring their ideas to fruition, with a total worth of about UAH 1.5 million. Some of the teams have already implemented their projects, while other projects will be launched in the coming months.

For additional information, please contact Liudmyla Kutsenko, at ludmila.kutsenko.ukr@gmail.com , or + 38 (0)97 92-91-668.

Reference information:

Social entrepreneurship combines commercial activities with addressing important social problems. Although social entrepreneurs aim at receiving income, the main focus of their activities is about making social or environmental change.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States that have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

“Professional Development of Kharkiv Fund” is the Ukrainian non-governmental organization that has been operational since 2013 and has the goal of raising the capacity and material well-being of Ukrainian citizens by assisting them with employment and self-employment.

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