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NGO "CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL BUSINESS "INITIATIVE"


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NGO "CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL BUSINESS "INITIATIVE"

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Protection rights and equality of youth with special needs (low mobility youth, with disabilities), former prisoners, young single mothers, seniors, internally displaced people after the war on the East of Ukraine in all aspects: to popularize self-development and build social business, to develop civil society, to preserve cultural heritage and to proceed multicultural dialog; to develop economy, fighting poverty.

The main priority – to teach youth to become a successful entrepreneur, developer of start-ups, youth head of social business.


We support vulnerable youth through the development of social business in Ukraine, through giving quality knowledge on how to establish own business from scratch, how to write a CV and motivational letter to find interesting and profitable employment and through stimulation to creation of new workplaces.

It is a good phrase of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “We find in life only what we invest in it”. This completely conveys the mission of our organization.

If we invest positive “seeds” in society, especially in youth, we get financially independent, self-sufficient and happy people and comfortable democratic tolerant country. Our “seeds” – are our projects that help people start change their life using talents, skills and every opportunity that is given by life! The focus of our activities where we are good experts – entrepreneurship, innovations and start ups. We try to create projects for young people who need employment, to start own business that will give profit, pleasure and new workplaces and benefit for society. Our organisation – is the tool for protection of human rights and freedoms, gender equality, social satisfaction, in particular economic, social, cultural, environmental and other interests. The most important goal is to attract young women and vulnerable youth to creative business, namely rural business, farming, social business, hospitality industry, remote entrepreneurship, innovative business. The organization is also engaged in stimulating the communities, villages to conduct ecologically clean activities, fishing, cattle breeding and crop growing and protect the environmental.

Our mission is to popularize social business, to develop civil society, to preserve cultural heritage and to give jobs to vulnerable youth (youth with disabilities).

Our projects are focusing on educational activities in the field of development of social entrepreneurship; monitoring of observance of business rights; defending public interests; help people in business; help people who are in a bad life conditions to find an employment and to prevent their potential degradation.

We support and protects vulnerable youth; minorities; women with disabilities; LGBT.

The problem we are trying to solve:

"The COVID pandemic made inclusive youth vulnerable people, as they have chronic diseases or serious illnesses and are at risk zone, but they are young and full of creativity and pure work energy. But they need to receive quality knowledge on how to use own skills and Internet to have profitable online-job that is prestigious and relevant for today reality, as now there is happens a digital transformation. Zaporizhzhia city needs this initiative as inclusive youth will not receive this progressive knowledge at University or school etc. for sure. Because a big number of teachers from Zaporizhzhia institutions still have not adapted to online-reality. The COVID situation made realistic to have a profitable prestigious online job, but the problem is still where to find quality mentor, teacher who in a small period of time will provide necessary IT-knowledge to trainees? That is why we decided to write this project. “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth will solve the problems of inclusive youth in pandemic situation:

1) New knowledge and skills;

2) New hobby;

3) Profitable business (that could be made online);

4) Communication with like-minded people and professionals (using online/offline meetimngs) This will be a place where trainees, mentors, IT-specialists and startup-innovators will meet together and exchange of own ideas, experience, make collaborations and partnerships! To create a quality online-products that are necessary for society and for self-development in COVID period and after. “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth will be organised on the place of our organisation premises and with involvement of experts and representatives of other NGOs that are dealing with inclusive youth. But – the important – all activities in Hub will be held partly online and partly offline to not put at risk beneficiaries, partners, experts. Up to 7 people will have opportunity to meet in the Hub using antiseptics, facemasks, distance, and other measures for safe activities. To strengthen the capacity of Ukrainian civil society and to support inclusive civil society, to continue work throughout and after the coronavirus pandemic we intend to create “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth. This will be a space where safe approaches are applied during quarantine => to provide quality education to inclusive youth about the basics of work in social networks, websites creation, fundraising to launch innovative startup in IT sphere. The COVID pandemic made inclusive youth vulnerable people, as they have chronic diseases or serious illnesses.

The solution we are proposing:

"Due to COVID pandemic almost all activities of modern life (if it is possible) transformed to online, but still a lot of people, even youth, do not have necessary skills that ARE REQUIRED for today reality. Especially, the youth with disabilities due to their state of health need communication with interesting people, need support and partnership to feel themselves as full-fledged persons that could be leaders and could be young innovators! Creation of “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth will organise the meetings, master-classes, trainings, lessons for inclusive youth about the topics: - SMM – the Top prestigious profession in Ukraine; - Web-design and maintaining of social networks for business – profitable online-services; - Online-professions; - Startup, how to launch startup; - Fundraising and crowdfunding; - Grant writing, and many other topics presented by experts. This educational activities, using also online training platform with 5 training modules regarding online-jobs for inclusive youth will provide added value to the project activities and effectiveness to lessons, trainings and master-classes. Without this project it is hard to imagine how inclusive students will have opportunity to collaborate with professions, like-minded people and learning of SMM and IT knowledge that will be necessary for their future as successful people (even if they have a chronical disease or serious illnesses). The Hub will be a place for “professional dialogue” between trainees, experts, business, NGOs representatives and other activists. "- Inclusive youth engage in local economical and IT processes; - Inclusive youth engage in development of regional innovations; - Leadership among inclusive youth." "We plan to do the following activities:

1) Organising “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth Buying of 5 laptops / tablets with good camera that will be needed for beneficiaries to practice in Hub to create “Internet product” with help of experts. Also devices will be needed to held educational offline activities and to broadcast lessons for online-trainees (teleconference); Other devices and furniture – IN-KIND contribution of our organisation.

2) Development and design of educational training platform for e-trainings on 5 training modules regarding online-jobs for inclusive

3) E-training period for beneficiaries (could be in Hub, for those beneficiaries who need help of expert or have a technical problems).

4) SET OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Conducting of educational activities: - 20 lessons online/offline (theoretical); - 20 trainings online/offline (theoretical and practical); - 40 practical events (help of experts for those beneficiaries who want to practice to develop Internet product in Hub with help of experts); - 25 meetings for master classes from experts online/offline.

5) Evaluation conference, to identify the best trainees. Best trainees will have opportunity to become experts in Hub and to continue the project idea as expert. The result of evaluation conference – creation and signing of Action Plan (document) for further actions of experts, beneficiaries and work of Hub.

What success looks like for us:

More than 30 young people, including youth with disabilities will be fully trained and ready to start own business/startup/social project. Created “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth to involve as much as possible potential beneficiaries (youth). Other organisations will start projects that help youth in the way of employment and creation of new workplaces, especially in this difficult time for the world.

Where we are are based:

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

Funding we are applying for:

$12,000 - $14,000 per year

How this funding will help us achieve our goals:

The main – is to unite youth, including youth with disabilities and to start regular interesting lessons, trainings and masterclasses  this will bring a permanent communication among young creative people and mentors (both online and offline). The financial support will help to implement the project idea to spread the idea of inclusion in society. With the financial support we finally will create the “space” for youth where everyone can receive quality and USEFUL knowledge and to practice to apply it in real life.

How this funding will strengthen our group:

Since our organization is currently in a difficult financial situation, and we have ideas for building and involving young people in interesting activities - we need financial assistance to implement a project that promotes social business and startups among young people with disabilities.

How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:

Our organization would like to receive the financial support for the project implementation, to join the Network and to receive stable partnership with the Spark Fund.

How we would like to spend a grant through the Spark Fund:


1) Organising “No limits Hub” – Community Hub for Inclusive Youth 4 500 EUR Buying of 5 laptops / tablets with good camera that will be needed for beneficiaries to practice in Hub to create “Internet product” with help of experts. Also devices will be needed to held educational offline activities and to broadcast lessons for online-trainees (teleconference); Other devices and furniture – IN-KIND contribution of our organisation.

2)Development and design of educational training platform for e-trainings with video-lessons on 5 training modules regarding online-jobs for inclusive youth 9 500 EUR

3) E-training period for beneficiaries (could be in Hub, for those beneficiaries who need help of expert or have a technical problems). Work of monitoring specialists who will monitor of progress of trainees 2 000 EUR

4)SET OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Conducting of educational activities: 8 000 EUR - 20 lessons online/offline (theoretical); - 20 trainings online/offline (theoretical and practical); - 40 practical events (help of experts for those beneficiaries who want to practice to develop Internet product in Hub with help of experts); - 25 meetings for master classes from experts online/offline.

5)Evaluation conference, to identify the best trainees. Best trainees will have opportunity to become experts in Hub and to continue the project idea as expert. The result of evaluation conference – creation and signing of Action Plan (document) for further actions of experts, beneficiaries and work of Hub.

Our Annual Income:

4 500 EUR

Our Organization Structure:

Members of the organization and the Chairman of the Board (during Board meetings, or general meeting of NGO participants). Decisions are made by voting , all members are under the same conditions, the decision is made either by the meeting or by the members of the Board. Our organization is fully youth-led group as all our members are under 28 year. All decisions and projects focus main attention on development of youth leadership in social business, entrepreneurship and startups. With our projects we try to solve the problems of young people in employment, leading an active healthy life with creativity and innovations.

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