We implement the UPSHIFT program


UPSHIFT is a global program of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which is implemented in more than 40 countries. The program provides an opportunity for young people to create socially important projects, get resources for their implementation and change their region for the better.
In Ukraine, UPSHIFT has been implemented for 5 years, but in Odesa and Mykolaiv regions it is being held for the first time — we launched it in October 2023. The implementation of the program is supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Japan.

Our organization strives for youth to have opportunities for development and self-realization despite the war and its consequences. It is important for us to increase the capacity of young people and thereby contribute to solving socially important problems in communities, because it is now that future changemakers are growing up.

In the Odesa and Mykolaiv regions during the year, we will hold 5 sets for participation in the UPSHIFT program. As a result, 100 youth teams will be selected, the participants of which will be young people aged 14 to 24 years.
The program at the entrance does not work with ready-made projects, but helps to learn how to develop them step by step. In their applications, teams formulate a problem, determine its consequences, which they want to overcome, and mentors during educational trainings help to find an effective solution. The trainings are conducted according to the Human Centered Design methodology, which provides an opportunity to involve those for whom these projects are being developed, to hear and understand the final beneficiaries and partners in their projects. In addition, young people learn to work in a team, think outside the box, and find like-minded people and new friends.

That's why we welcome every questionnaire we receive, every interested pair of eyes at meetings, every question — we welcome everyone who wants to join the UPSHIFT community and change Ukraine for the better!