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Our dream is to become an outstanding youth public organization that creates projects that change the perception of Ukraine inside and outside. We dream of raising Ukrainian youth diplomacy to a much new level and developing Ukraine's brand abroad.

The problem we are trying to solve:

Our organisation bases its activities around diplomacy, democracy, youth policy and equality. We believe that everyone deserves to have access to basic needs and to be treated equally. We want to show young people that no matter where they come from, their appearances, financial situation etc., they are still able to make a difference.

Unfortunately, a number of various inequalities is present in our modern world, and many young people are facing discrimination daily. That is why we want to develop a platform that will educate our peers on how to put a stop to such tendencies and how to turn our weak points into strong ones. We will make sure that anyone willing to participate in the project will have a chance to do so and we believe that after completing the course, young people will be able to influence their local community and make a change for the better.

The solution we are proposing:

This project will help to significantly advance inclusive education, which will give everyone equal rights in the direction of learning: regardless of their health status, gender, age, nationality. Our project is created to support and promote an inclusive approach that covers the full range of exceptions.

First of all, our project will contribute to the maximum level of skills development - preparing the environment of young people with special needs for acceptance and creating special conditions, stimulates the development of various skills. It will also contribute to the socialization of the individual - communicating with peers in an inclusive environment, young people and children with disabilities show better results of social interaction than in special boarding schools. People with disabilities feel like a part of society - people with disabilities have the opportunity to make friends among their peers, to adopt social models of behaviour.

The next point that will be taken into account when implementing the project is social acceptance. Healthy young people and children, working with disabled young people, learn to accept them, to be friends with them. Also we would like to note the adaptation of the learning environment. Conditions will be provided to meet the educational needs of the people of a particular educational institution.

At the moment, our team is actively working on the concept of creating courses on an online platform to teach young people and children to be more inclusive and also tolerant towards people with disabilities. Courses will be provided free of charge. Furthermore, we would like to note the level of convenience of passing these courses. It will be an online platform that can become relevant during distance education.

What success looks like for us:

The success of our project for us is to achieve equality among young people and promote their development with an online platform that will provide inclusive access to all those who want to change our country for the better. We sincerely believe that there is no place for discrimination in today's world, so our platform will be a center where everyone can join a friendly team and contribute to the development of their local community, taking full advantage of the inclusiveness of our online platform.

Where we are are based:

Kharkiv, Ukraine

Funding we are applying for:

$14,000 - $15,000 per year

How this funding will help us achieve our goals:

As an NGO and non-profit organization, we thrive to enable the youth with opportunities for self-development and promote the ideas of diplomacy, democracy, and equality. For these purposes, we want to create an online platform, which will provide equal learning opportunities for all youth around Ukraine. We know how hard it is for some people from remote regions to get the ability to learn from the best professionals, so we are determined to provide free, best-quality education opportunities safely in times of pandemic online. This funding will help us to establish the platform and cover operation costs as well as promotional materials. Additionally, as a part of the funding, we will be honored to become a part of an international community with which we will be able to create more projects on an international scale and work together towards a bright future.

How this funding will strengthen our group:

This funding will provide us with the ability to work on the broader audience and interact with greater numbers of motivated youth representatives. By working on a bigger project and being a part of an international community of Spark Fund, our team will also go through a lot of stages of self-development. It will straighten our understanding of the cultures and values of different countries-partners of Spark Fund, so in the future, we will have the opportunity to work more efficiently in the realization of our cross-cultural projects. Additionally, we will have even more skilled group members, because during these two years we will work on a huge online project, aimed to attract youth representatives from 24 regions in Ukraine which include 458 cities and 28496 villages. Our organization believes that working on new projects always gives us a boost for creating a better community, so we are strongly assured that during Spark Funding we will become more professional and will promote the ideas of our organization more efficiently.

How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:

Being a Spark Funding partner will mean that the whole youth of Ukraine will have a chance for quality education and exploration of diplomacy, democracy, and equality. An inclusive society is our priority, which we would like to share with the Spark Fund. In these two years, we will work on establishing, promoting, launching our online project, and most importantly creating a Ukrainian network of ambitious youth change-makers. We believe that youth, who will graduate courses that we will establish on our platform, will have an impact on our countries values in the future and will promote the ideas inclusivity further, creating a ripple of changes towards an equal society.

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

Our goal is to create a unique online platform that will be used as an educational tool by the youth. It will be devoted to Diversity & Inclusion Trainings. We feel the need to recognise the importance of everyone being treated equally, no matter their race, skin colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion etc. We believe that the modern youth is the one that can make a difference and put a stop to existing inequalities, social injustices and stigmas. Our platform will serve as a certain “push” for future change. Through webinars, online lectures, games and practices, that will be available on the platform, young people will learn the difference between different types of inequalities, discover how to identify acts of stereotyping, study how to avoid and overcome particular forms of “unequal thinking” etc. And the best part is that the course will be totally free of charge so that everyone will have a chance to take part in the course!

Our Annual Income:

0 EUR

Our Organization Structure:

The peculiarity of our organization is that each team member has a voice and can influence decisions. However, the final decision on the main issues remains with the board members.

There is no doubt that power is the lever with which you can influence the efficiency of the organization. No one in our team stays away from work and everyone has the power to join the work process or even become a project leader. We have PR and PM departments which have their Heads that manage the work of their department. Currently, our organization has a Co-Chairwomen model, which provides the power of two managers at once. In addition, we also have advisers, whose task is to help the ideas’ implementation and advise the entire team during the work on the projects. Everyone, regardless of gender and age, has the opportunity to express their opinion and share ideas about the organization of the working process.

Our organization is entirely youth-led. The voice of youth is very important to us, because we believe that they are the driving force of diplomacy. We involve young people from all over Ukraine and thus enable young people to contribute to Ukraine's public diplomacy today. We consider the strengths and weaknesses of Kharkiv's youth diplomacy and make every effort to make it a success when creating our projects. It is important for us to show that young people are able to influence their country's diplomacy and make sure that their voice will always be heard.

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