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Yunka (Initiative Group of Teenage Girls)



Yunka (Initiative Group of Teenage Girls)


Our priorities are to support vulnerable teenage girls and young women. Our dream is to create a National Hub for teenage girls and young women to provide them with preventive, psychological and legal help. We want to support girls who are in search of their gender identity, sexual orientation and girls who are vulnerable to, or survivors of, domestic violence.  

We are really proud that from our beginning we have led one workshop for 15 teenage girls from many cities in Ukraine on the topic of reproductive health, created a recognisable image for our organisation and created t-shirts for our members. We also fIlmed, edited and directed a short anti-discrimination video called ‘You don’t know me’. At the moment we are planning an art exhibition on menstrual hygiene (to be held on 18th December) with support from local organisations and administration. On social media we have 203 subscribers.

The problem we are trying to solve:

Teenage girls in Ukraine are really vulnerable to all sorts of negative manifestations from society including violence, rejection of their gender identity and sexual orientation. The may also have complex emotions due to their age, upbringing and culture and they need our support. As a result many girls are forced to cope with this alone and may experience depressive psychological and be vulnerable to violence. We conducted an anonymous survey with 300 adolescent girls and 276 faced all sorts of negative manifestations from society, 243 girls don’t know with whom they can share their experiences, 7 girls needed paralegal experience and 4 girls experienced psychological violence. With Covid-19 and the current rules, we have to share out support and contact to help our girls.

The solution we are proposing:

Our National Hub for teenage girls will provide an opportunity to support participants who need help, information, acceptance and our work will involve some educational programs and preventive content, psychological support, paralegal assistance to girls who are in search of their gender identity or sexual orientation and girls who are vulnerable to, or survivors of, domestic violence. Teenage girls who are in search of their or are suffering from violence will feel supported and not rejected by society, they will remain themselves and find their own way to leave. They will not feel alone. We have to form our policies to guide our National Hub - anonymity, digital security, inner policies including institutional development and finding our ways of working.

What success looks like for us:

We plan that 300 teenage girls from all over Ukraine will participate in our help. We aim to support 10 cases of paralegal assistance in the first year and 15 cases in second year. Also there will be a training in the first year and this will help young girls to increase their capacity for leadership and activism. We will provide individual peer to peer, equal to equal counselling for 50 adolescent girls. In the second year, we plan to hold a National Forum of teenage girls in Ukraine. We expect that girls who are participating in the Hub, their mental health and psychological state will be improved, we will decrease their level of anxiety and increase their adaptive potential. Some girls will find their gender identity and sexual orientation and we will provide support and assistance and help them cope with stress. We will provide girls with resources to make their lives better.

Where we are are based:

Kyiv, Ukraine

Funding we are applying for:

$12,000 - $14,000 per year

How this funding will help us achieve our goals:

The funding will help us achieve our goals by allowing us to create a National Hub to offer teenage girls and young women psychological and paralegal assistance and support.

How this funding will strengthen our group:

The funding will give Yunka an opportunity to increase the level of activities and responsibilities in our field. We will ensure that the operation will be held at a national level and we will help many girls in our country, providing them with necessary support.

How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:

[No specific answer, video application]

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

We will spend the grant on paying specialists to support our work, including a project manager, accountant, counselor, legal assistant and peer consultant as well as to provide leadership training to girls and host a National Forum for teenage girls.

Our Annual Income:

5319 EUR

Our Organization Structure:

We make decisions as a group. We meet each other, can propose ideas and go with the majority vote. We are equal within the group although we have other people who help us with our projects, there is a manager, an accountant, an SMM manager, a psychologist and a lawyer. We also have a consultant who works with the method equal to equal.

We are youth-led, leaders in the group are all aged between 17 and 23 and the main idea is to consult our peers and young people. With this approach we are more likely to gain trust from young people and also to do modern and progressive work. We also possess information on how to use modern technology and professional competencies and give this approach to every girl.

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