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Non-governmental organization "Kharkiv association for active youth "Stella"

description of organisation

Kharkiv non-governmental association for active youth “Stella” is a youth non-profit organization of Ukrainian active young people, students, volunteers and alumni of international exchange programs working and living in Kharkiv. It was established in December 2013 by two former European Voluntary Service volunteers. The idea of creating organization appeared together with a wish to provide mobility opportunities for Ukrainian youth and thus to foster their personal development. Kharkiv NGO "Stella" sees its main mission in the building of more tolerant, understanding and accepting society in Ukraine. The main aim of "Stella" is to promote youth development, active citizenship and lifestyle in Ukraine and to foster active participation of its citizens in civil society.The main objectives of our organization are:- promoting the role of young people in civil society; - spreading the ideas of volunteering, tolerance, cultural diversity, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, social inclusion, human rights, gender equality, equal conditions for people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, inclusion of orphans, sustainable development and healthy lifestyle;- promoting non-formal education in Ukraine;- cooperating with different non-governmental NGOs in Ukraine and organizing mutual events together;- cooperating with different international NGOs;- cooperating with local authorities and governmental institutions such as schools, universities and department of youth and sports in Kharkiv;- consulting young people about different educational, cultural, sports and volunteering opportunities abroad (through our social networks groups and during personal meetings);- improving the language skills of Ukrainian young people;- improving communication skills between Ukranian youth and youth from other countries;- creating a network of volunteers in the city of Kharkiv.Thus, the main activities of our NGO are:- visiting and assisiting during local events in order to make presentation about international opportunities and personal development;- organizing festivals, exhibitions, fairs, concerts and conferences together with other organizations;- organizing international seminars, training courses and youth exchanges using non-formal methods of education;- participating in Erasmus+ projects as partners and sending Ukrainian participants;- implementing local activities together with volunteers.Our target groups are:- young people aged 16 – 30 without any professional skills, qualifications or prior job experience from all over Ukraine;- vulnerable and young people with social disabilities;- organizations working with children and young people with special needs (orphanages, centers for disabled children)- schoolchildren, students, youth workers and alumni of international programs.At the moment, there are 3 people working in NGO "Stella" on the voluntary basis - president, vice-president and project coordinator. In future we are planning to have about 5 people working. Both president and vice-president have considerable experience in project management, in youth work and in EVS as they have participated in EVS projects by themselves. Besides, the president was working as an EVS coordinator in NGO "SVIT Ukraine" with 3 international volunteers. The vice-president was a mentor of several EVS volunteers in Ukraine. As it was mentioned above, our organization is quite active within the Erasmus+ programme, providing opportunities for youngsters and youth leaders to improve their competencies abroad, as well as giving the local community a chance to learn from them and to exchange experience with other Europeans.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Educational difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Youth 4 Youth 4
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Nov 2017 to Apr 2018
05/11/2017 - 30/04/2018
05/10/2017 closed
Kindergarten Zwergenland
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jun 2018 to May 2019
01/06/2018 - 31/05/2019
31/01/2018 open