What we do - Preparing future leaders for Ukraine

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What we do
Support for local initiatives for long-term integration of IDPs (focusing on women) in host communities
Age matters!
P[art] of the community
Joint efforts of IDPs and community: promotion of the integration of the youth among IDPs into host communities
Promotion and dissemination of European values and culture through active participation in national cultural and sporting events in Ukraine
New home: Integration of young people among IDPs into new communities
Preparing future leaders for Ukraine
Internship Program and development of human resources capacity of Service Centers of MOI
School of Young Democracy
Young professionals for local governments
tudy visit to Sweden within the program “Young Generation Will Change Ukraine”
Youth among IDPs, help yourself and others in finding solutions to the urgent problems
Isar ednannya
US Embassy Project: “Motivating and Training Young People to Influence Local Policy”
Students for Parliament
Sharing Experience in Organizing Parliamentary Internship Programs in Ukraine and Moldova
Overcoming stereotypes and prejudices in the field of interethnic relations among youth
From Magdeburg to your City: in the Eyes of Those who aren’t Indifferent
Analytical support to
Workshops - trainings in the local self-government development for newly elected deputies of the local councils
Democracy and Market Economy Seminars in the regions
Economic Seminars for Future Leaders
Get-out-the-vote campaign
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In 2015 Youth Alternative used renewed Endowment support to continue and expand its government internship and regional exchange programs.



  1. To strengthen young people’s leadership skills, civic knowledge, and understanding of government in Ukraine.
  2. To bridge the division between Ukraine’s regions as a countermeasure to anti-Ukrainian propaganda about regional extremism.


Donor: NED

Brief Description of Assignment(s) carried out and their results:

The organization selected 30 students from leading Kyiv universities to serve eight-month fellowships in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s national legislature. In addition, were selected 126 students to serve five-month fellowships at local councils in 18 regions.

The interns participated in 46 events, including orientations, training seminars and roundtable discussions. Thirty-six orientations and training seminars taught the interns about government institutions, public policy, legislative affairs and political processes. The interns received trainings in public speaking, leadership skills and organizational management, which prepared them for leadership roles in the future.

An additional 180 students from 12 regions participated in 8 cross regional exchanges, trainings and presentations. Educational booklets, with a total print run of 500 copies, were published and distributed.

To help Ukrainian youth better understand cross regional sentiments about each other and dispel stereotypes emanating from Russian media and a dearth of interpersonal communication, Youth Alternative organized eight three-day visits for students from twelve regions of Ukraine. Students were selected from Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Odesa, Mykolaiv to visit students in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil and Chernivtsi. Each western city hosted participants from a total of four southern and eastern cities on two separate occasions to engage in discussions about democracy, tolerance and governance; students also took part in city tours and participated in free forums to exchange their ideas and beliefs. Students presented their experiences in each region during the visits. Following the visits, two students were selected from each region to visit Kyiv for a final presentation about the program, their experiences and whether they managed to move beyond personal linguistic, ideological, religious and regional differences.

Youth Alternative also published and distributed educational booklets and nine newsletters, with a total print run of 500, on topics chosen by the interns, who were also responsible for producing materials and writing articles for the booklets. Five roundtable discussions and five book presentations were held to discuss the topics addressed in each booklet. Finally, the organization added the interns’ names to an existing database of past participants for future networking and other alumni activities.

Profile(s) of Professional Staff Provided by Your Organization:

The main staff - engaged in the organization and implementation of the project; organization and holding of trainings, seminars, exchange visits, meetings and analytical data review etc.

Personnel involved - regional coordinators; promote and assist in the implementation of measures in the regions of Ukraine.

Involved staff - trainers.

Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:


  • organization and administration of internship of students in the Parliament and local authorities in 18 cities of Ukraine
  • organizing and conducting trainings, seminars, workshops for interns for Parliament and local authorities
  • organizing and conducting 8 exchange visits of young people from the East and the South & West
  • services in writing, editing and publishing a newsletter on exchange trips
  • services for the press conference on exchange visits and presentations of analytic collections



Partners in the project (18):

Chernivtsi - "Union of Active Youth", Eugenia Oleinik

Ternopil - Youth Governmental Union, Igor Protsyk

Dnipro - NGO "MIX", Kateryna Zezulina

Kharkiv - Company «DENDY-PROmo», Denis Tkachev

Chernihiv - NGO Youth Information Centre, Oksana Stelmach

Vinnytsia - YA, Svetlana Dubina

Cherkasy - Committee of Voters of Ukraine, Anastasia Prokopenko

Mykholaiv - "Youth Municipality", Oleksandr Maksimenko

Kherson - Youth Governmental Union, Anastasia Shevchuk

Rivne - Zeon, Mykhola Orlov

Lutsk - Press Club, Bohdana Stelmach

Lviv - Lviv First Foundation, Roman Koshovyy,

Odesa - YA, Elena Saykovska,

Ivano-Frankivsk – CVU, Maxim Lysyuk

Kirovograd - Student Government, Yaroslav Lanetskyy

Zaporizhzhya - YA, Denis Kasyanenko

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