The project was designed as a two-month summer camp that took place in four shifts, each shift lasting ten working days and involving twelve teenagers most of which were from low-income families. Overall almost 50 children and teenagers were reached through this project. Besides that the basis for weekly educational clubs for children was established.
Each day consisted of two parts – theoretical and practical. Theoretical sessions focused more on lectures, talks from guest speakers, discussions and trainings, watching short documentaries or films. Training workshops included outdoor educational tours and excursions, mock election events, mock interviews, site visits, meetings with professionals with hands-on practical experiences, such as directors and representatives of various companies. Following topics were discussed during each ten-day shift both on a seminar session and then following training workshop: democratic government, domestic and global issues, non-governmental organizations, disadvantaged groups and human rights, broad-based education, life as a foreigner, health and sanitation, environment and energy efficiency, mass media, agriculture and economy.
The project was based on belief that by working with the youngsters, the future generation, we can forge secure and prosperous future for all Ukrainians, it is a quest to eventually create a more stable and democratic country for all Ukrainians. The aim was to promote active civil society among the young people, which is critical to sustaining democracy. It is a strategic vision of stable Ukraine integrated into Europe.
We received a lot of positive feedback from all our participants, their parents and all the organizations involved. Thanks to all our instructors and canteen Lysychko all teenagers were well fed twice a day both spiritually and physically! We are also very grateful to all the organizations which were our partners in this project: “Blago” charity foundation, “Barbos” animal shelter, “TISA” local TV and radio company, “Sirius” local TV company, “Mercy Farm” social business, Novoselytsia Frontier division, “Rozumnyk” kindergarten, “Davai s nami” youth club, Uzhgorod City Administration and Regional Council.
And our special thanks to Slovak Aid which became the main sponsor of the project – it was a success because it has a lasting effect on the future of Ukraine through changed lives and ongoing programs launched.