The Everyone Has the Right to Work

The Everyone Has the Right to Work project empowers vulnerable youth in different Ukrainian regions by providing them with vocational training, and by helping them to access educational and employment opportunities. The project facilitates cooperation between local employers, state agencies and NGOs to address the needs of orphaned youth and youth with disabilities through regular communication and networking opportunities. The project also provides training for social workers and government institutions tasked with assisting vulnerable youth in finding gainful employment and integrating into society through life-skills seminars.
The Project aims to help vulnerable populations to receive the best possible education and decent employment as well as improve the quality of social services.

In 2016-2017, East Europe Foundation in cooperation with its partners will work towards improving the employment possibilities for people with disabilities, ATO veterans, and IDPs. The project is funded by British organization World Jewish Relief.
The following activities are envisaged:
Employment training for a group of 100 participants, and providing the possibility to consider requalification in the sphere of IT, media, Internet. In October 2016 the Center for Professional Development which provides consultations on employment, a variety of courses fro target audiences was opened in Kyiv.
Promoting innovative training and HR technologies, including conducting of trainings in the back-to-work format as well as individual consultations and providing the services of HR specialist and psychologist.
Creating the cooperation model with IT companies, NGOs, and the state agencies to develop an effective mechanism of education, training and further employment of vulnerable populations.

In 2014-2016, EEF cooperated with AIK – the Charity fund for the development of computer and information technologies for disabled people in Ukraine, which aims to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs by helping them to obtain employment in the field of IT. EEF and its partners are working towards improving cooperation with local employers from IT companies, NGOs, and the state agencies working with disabled individuals to develop effective mechanism of education, training and further employment of orphans and youth with disabilities.

In 2014-2016:

• EEF and its partners developed and tested a pilot distance learning training course in the most widespread IT areas, in particular computer literacy, HTML, CSS, Python, Java SE for young people with special needs. Key educational establishments and specialists were involved in the development and testing of such distance learning courses.
• “Ukraina” University which tested the pilot courses, included them in its educational curriculum, so that individuals with disabilities could participate in the on-line IT training courses under the University base.
• Based on the results of the national competition, a pilot group of 140 students from among people with disabilities was selected to participate in the distance training.
• A motivational employment training was conducted for 30 members of the pilot group.
• A training for HR specialist-prospective employers on the specifics of employment of individuals with disabilities was conducted in the city of Lviv, Kharkiv and Kyiv.
• Out of 66 young people with disabilities who successfully graduated the training, over 30 individuals were employed.
• Information campaign was conducted as well as videos created based on the real stories of successful people with disabilities who motivate others to look for good work and become valuable members of the society.
• EEF is working with IT companies to organize internship and further employment of the course graduates.

2013

EEF, PJSC “Ukrsotsbank” which operates under the UniCredit Bank trade mark, and UniCredit Foundation new social initiative aims to provide aid to vulnerable groups in the process of social integration and at community development in Ukraine. Charitable initiatives developed partners anticipate realization of the whole range of actions aimed at strengthening access of vulnerable groups of local citizens to ordinary and new social services – aid to the elderly, vocational training and strengthening of life skills for the youth which undergoes difficult living situations, support of labor inclusion of youth with disabilities,  promotion of healthy lifestyle among the students of vocational technical schools, organization of multifunctional seminars for people with disabilities. Each project will be implemented along with the involvement of local NGOs.

In particular in towns Berdychiv and Zhytomyr partners will work on social inclusion of vulnerable youth through sport and promotion of healthy lifestyle. The project will contribute to social inclusion and integration of students in Zhytomyr and Berdychev vocational schools through engaging them in art and sport activities, and promoting healthy life style and safe behavior. The project will help create opportunities for active sports involvement for vocational schools students with the purpose of strengthening their life skills and self-management skills. Engagement with sport activities is assumed to prevent the vulnerable youth from spending their leisure on the street which is associated with risky behavior and situations. The project will be implemented in cooperation with the local NGO “Zhytomyr Regional Association of Social Workers”.

Next initiative will be focused on providing better-quality educational opportunities for vulnerable youth in Uman, Cherkasy oblast.The project aims at facilitating the social integration of vulnerable youth living in Uman by providing them with opportunities for a better-quality education and vocational training. One of the biggest challenges in the area is lack of employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups that can benefit mainly of social assistance and educational services offered to them by the city rehabilitation center. Beneficiaries will include clients of the Uman social rehabilitation center and other young people who need help. The project, in cooperation with the local NGO “Uman City Charitable Foundation of Social Assistance”, will help the local rehabilitation center improve its educational, vocational and social services for the above vulnerable youth in order to reduce social stigma, unemployment, social isolation and risky activities (e.g. trafficking, prostitution, crime, alcohol and drug addiction, HIV infection, etc.).

The new initiative will also help young people with disabilities. In particular, it intends to improve social inclusion and quality of life of people with disabilities who are residents of the Pyryatyn state-care institution for people with disabilities. This institution provides medical and social rehabilitation services for its clients but it lacks resources and opportunities for labor therapy which is considered to be crucial in developing skills for social integration, communication and self-management, as well as strengthening personal self-esteem. In order to achieve this goal, the state-care institution in Pyryatyn will be supported in establishing and equipping a multi-purpose workshop for the vocational and income-generating activities of its residents. Furthermore, the project implemented in cooperation with the local NGO “Pyryatyn Rayon Council of Veterans”,  will help start a public dialog to draw society attention to problems encountered by people with disabilities in Ukraine

2012
The one-year project aims to assist orphans better integrate into society by introducing initiatives that promote broad access to employment for such vulnerable youth, especially orphans, enrolled in a technical and vocational schools in Zhytomyr region. The “Everyone Has a Right to Work” project consists of various components: improving the quality of employment-related services for vulnerable youth by training social care specialists, teachers of the vocational schools; developing mechanisms for sustainable cooperation between NGOs, social service agencies and local employers to improve job accessibility for vulnerable youth. One of the main component of the program will be intensive training program for vulnerable youth . Topics to be covered during upcoming training sessions include: “Time managment”, “Human Rights”, “Healthy Lifestyle” and “Professional Orientation and Employment.
EEF will also provide modern equipment to provide the orphans with access to computers, the internet and other equipment necessary for the preparation of homework and self-education after school, as well as educational literature.
The project is being implemented by EEF with support from the World Childhood Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The local partner of the project is Zhytomyr Regional Association of Social Workers (ZRASW) NGO.
2011
The “Improving the Quality of Education in Technical Schools” project, which aims to enhance the employment and life skills of disadvantaged young people in communities across Kharkiv oblast, was conducted for students and teachers from the Kupiansk Professional Technical College #27 and the Izium PTC. EEF supported special intensive education courses for teachers from these PTCs and conducted a series of training seminars for approximately 50 orphans. These training seminars have helped students to manage their knowledge and receive considerable useful and interesting information in different life-skills areas. Students have commented that this information will help them be more confident and ready to communicate with future employers, plan their everyday life and start their professional careers.
In addition, the students from Kupiansk PTC #27 and Izium PTC received new up-to-date equipment such as computers and necessary ICT, including overhead projectors and multimedia equipment, various software programs and connection to the internet.
These schools have also created a new professional curriculum adapted for people with special needs, and with funding from the project the schools have now renovated their buildings to make them accessible for young people with special needs.

2010-2011
In 2010-2011 EEF also focuses on supporting vulnerable youth from Zhytomyr oblast. The project, which is being implemented by EEF with support from the World Childhood Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to help orphans better integrate into society by introducing initiatives that promote broad access to employment for such vulnerable youth, enhance public employment services and foster public-private partnerships to facilitate job-creation opportunities.
The project consisted of various components: strengthening the capacity of local NGOs through training seminars; improving the quality of employment-related services for vulnerable youth by training social care specialists; and, developing mechanisms for sustainable cooperation between NGOs, social service agencies and local employers to improve job accessibility for vulnerable youth.
This one-year project helped more than 250 orphans from 16 Zhytomyr oblast-based vocational schools achieve their goals by providing them with social, informational and educational services, as well as access to employment and educational opportunities. EEF has developed an intensive training course on improving life skills.
EEF supported the development of two publications: a manual for trainers on how to conduct life skills training for vulnerable youth, as well as a practical guidebook for youth on how to find employment, with important contacts for employment centers and educational institutions, plus samples of the documents required for employment.

2009-2010
The project was implemented in Lviv and Luhansk oblasts to test the model of effective cooperation of different stakeholders in order to improve quality of life of vulnerable youth. The project was implemented with support from local partners – Lviv-based Zelenyi Khrest and Lihansk-based AMI NGOs. The project also received support from State Employment Center, State Social Service for Youth, Children and Family, Ministry of Youth and Sports. The project was funded by UK Government Strategic Program Fund, Canadian Foundation for Local Initiatives Support and USAID.
The project also provides training for social workers and government institutions in Lviv and Luhansk oblasts tasked with assisting vulnerable youth in finding gainful employment and integrating into society through life-skills seminars. EEF has provided vocational and employment training for more than 1,000 Ukrainian young people with disabilities and distributed three unique manuals focused on assisting vulnerable youth with integration into society. As a result of the training received through the program, 132 young people with special needs have found gainful employment.

2008 -2009
The Everyone Has the Right to Work project empowers orphans in Kryvyi Rih by providing them with vocational training, and by creating educational and employment opportunities for them. More than 60 orphans were trained on newly developed program om improvement of life skills.  After successful completion of a training course, 22 orphans from Kryvyi Rih have decided to continue their education, and eight have found gainful employment. The project also involves local employers, state agencies and NGOs in finding solutions as to how to better address the needs of youth through close cooperation and regular meetings. As a result of the project, many vulnerable young people have decided to pursue higher or specialized education to make themselves more competitive in the labor market, and even found jobs at local enterprises. Based on project results, EEF has decided to continue this important initiative and disseminate the successful project model to other Ukrainian oblasts seeking to help other orphans prepare for life as independent adults.