Alona Dmukhovska from the NGO Territory (Kiev, Ukraine) visited her twinned partner, Nurbek Zakeryaev from the youth association Bekem Yntymak (Ak-Suu, Kyrgyzstan) in early August. As a part of Territory, Alona serves a program director of RespublicaFEST, a Ukrainian music and street art festival, and coordinates youth programs in her home city. This team cooperating to train local volunteers who will be able to organize large cultural events.
Mirbek Asanbai uulu from the Kochkor Youth Council (Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan) spent seven days in Chisinau, Moldova with his twinned partner, Igor Hincu from Edujoc, Inc. Mirbek reported that they were busy throughout the internship period and the time flew by. The team began activities at 6:30 each morning and worked into the evening each night, sharing ideas, expertise, and camaraderie with one another and the community.
Pavel Vassiljev from Shokkin Group International (Tallinn, Estonia) completed his internship with Institute for Youth Development in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in late July. He and his twinning partner, Jadyra Balabasova, are creating board games that will prepare young people to enter the job market.
Last week, 24 participants in the Prospects for Youth Twinning Program met at a resort in the town of Chok-Tal on the shores of lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan for the official opening of the program. The Kick-Off Meeting was the first time that the twinned pairs were able to meet face-to-face to discuss their work and future collaboration. (more…)
The Prospects for Youth expert jury met and made the final selection of the 24 organizations that will take part in the 10 month twinning program. The jury was impressed with all of the applicants, and wants to thank everyone who has shown interest in the program.
The 12 selected pairs of organizations will be carrying out cross-border youth projects between Kyrgyzstan and other participating countries over the course of 2018. In June, all of the full participants will meet for a kick-off meeting on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. Check back on our website to read about the organizations and their projects as they develop.
The Prospects for Youth online machine platform goes live today. All of the applicants who were selected to move on to the second stage of the program have been invited to log on to the platform and learn about their potential twinning partners. Until the end of the month, applicants will be able to communicate with one another and explore the ways in which their organizations can effectively collaborate if they are chosen to be full members of the program. 16 applicants from Kyrgyzstan and 16 applicants from other participating countries will take part in the platform.
The best matched pairs will become full members of the Prospects for Youth program. Members will attend a kick-off meeting for the twinning program on Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan in late June. We are looking forward to seeing the fruitful collaborations that will arise as a result of the matching process.
Here at Prospects for Youth, we are pleased to announce that we received over 85 applications from countries across Europe, the Eastern Partnership countries, and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Organizations from Vilaboa-Pontevedra, Spain to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan and everywhere in between, were represented in the applicant pool. After a competitive evaluation process, the Prospects for Youth jury has selected 32 applications to move onto the second round of the selection process, where organizations will find international partnerships for collaboration and knowledge sharing. These partnerships will form the backbone of the “twinning” concept. We are excited to see what the selected applicants will bring to these partnerships. Check back here to keep up to date with our program and the projects that spring forth from the Prospects for Youth initiative.
Does your organization work in the sphere of youth development and youth employment? Are you interested to explore, share and multiply innovative ideas to tackle daunting challenges, which young people are facing in the modern world? Do you want to join the international community of like-minded? (more…)