"MITK" Educational-Youth Initiative NGO
"MITK" Educational-Youth Initiative NGO
Our mission is to contribute to the development of the state and communities by empowering the youth and strengthening democracy. Our goals are:
- Evaluating the role of young people in the decision-making process for strengthening local democracy,
- Empower young people, promote their socio-political participation,
- Promote respect for human rights and contribute to the development of democracy.
We are a youth team who dream of seeing established and strong youth initiatives and organizations that will enable young people who are motivated, have the capacity to participate in the decision-making process, and make positive changes in their communities.
The problem we are trying to solve:
Every day we face various youth initiatives, which has many needs for their activity; technical equipment, expert advice, training, workspaces, researches, books, etc. Bellow listed recourses are available in different organizations or belong to individuals, but very often because of low awareness of new initiatives and organizations, unfamiliarity with the field of activity, lack of experienced partners and insufficient public communication of resource consequences to "resource vacuum".
Because of few resources grassroot youth initiatives or youth organizations often could not accomplish their goals and in the worst case, are simply disbanded. These initiatives try to bring positive changes in society and public life of activity before gaining or developing grants or managing them, but the lack of resources harms the implementation of those changes.
The solution we are proposing:
As a solution, we plan to create a mobile application (accessible to all operating systems), where the necessary resources will be mapped by owner organizations, foundations, individuals, who can provide their resources to youth initiatives for their activities. In addition, the organizations registered on the platform will be able to have their profile and submit their announcements, events and grant opportunities, which will appear as a notification on the phone screen of individuals registered in the application.
With the help of an application, all grassroots will be able to easily find the necessary resources and resource providers in each region or community they want, which will allow them to carry out their activities faster and at a higher level promoting positive change. The creation of the application will contribute to the institutional development of the newly established youth initiatives and organizations, as well as to the more correct distribution of the resources of the already operating organizations. In addition to this, the level of cooperation in the public sphere will increase.
We have already formed the union of newly established organizations and initiatives in the largest youth Union in Armenia, we have to some extent mapped the entire resource base. Now we plan to map the resource base of other organizations, create a platform in the form of a mobile application, make it accessible to everyone. An application that will allow any young person or youth group to organize and implement the desired event or program for just $ 0 anywhere.
What success looks like for us:
The success and impact of this program will be the success of the newly established youth initiatives and organizations, thanks to which they will be able to find the necessary resources for their activities. We expect that their number will exceed two dozen in one year, and in the second year, it will be at least a few dozen. As an impact, we expect similar success from young individuals and other youth organizations, which will use the application, find appropriate resources and carry out their activities saving money.
Where we are are based:
Funding we are applying for:
$14,000 - $15,000 per year
How this funding will help us achieve our goals:
This funding opportunity will contribute to the implementation of one of our strongest dreams; the Creation of strong youth initiatives and organizations in Armenia. The application will help to solve the problem of finding resources and opportunities for us and other organizations and initiatives.
How this funding will strengthen our group:
Օur organization will be able to solve its institutional problems, to make greater efforts to achieve its goals. We will be able to move mainly from volunteer-program work to more institutional-based activities, also we will be able to undergo relevant trainings, which in turn will contribute to the empowerment of our beneficiaries and the development of the youth sector.
How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:
"Our team is always ready to learn and develop its skills so that we can achieve maximum results in youth work. In the case of cooperation, we attach great importance to the exchange of experience in working with young people and youth groups, both with the Spark Fund and other youth organizations. We also need various collaborations and contacts with youth organizations operating in different countries, which will join our efforts for youth development, activation of intercultural contacts, as well as problem solving. Of course, our organization needs to improve its strategic planning, PR and Marketing capabilities."
How we would like to spend a grant through the Spark Fund:
During the project, we plan to spend almost half of the funding on mobile application development, promotion, and maintenance. The other part of funding we will spend for the organization's salaries, staff development trainings and office expenses.
Our Annual Income:
Our Organization Structure:
The main body of MITK NGO is the meeting of all members, which makes all the strategic decisions of the NGO. The second structural body is the Board of the NGO, which includes people who have achieved success in the field of youth, education and culture representing different regions.
Executive administrative management is carried out by the President, Vice-President and Program Coordinator. The organization is divided into administrative, program and financial departments. All members participating in the meeting of all members have the equal right to vote at any time to change the divisions and positions in the organization.
At present the number of members is 53 and all the members are 16-30 years old. In our organization, young leaders are trying to create new young leaders who will be able to achieve significant changes both in the youth sphere and in the development of the state and democracy.