Meeting of young civic activists from across Ukraine
November 21st, 2016


Meeting of young civic activists from across Ukraine
October 15, 2007
Public Achievement (PA) is a program of active citizenship which empowers young people to make real changes in their communities by trying to solve problems which are important to them. As a result they have real impact on their societies.

At the FAIR in Chuguev, 120 participants (representing 31 PA groups) had the opportunity to share their experiences in democracy-building in their communities, deepen their understanding of the Public Achievement program, and begin to work on cross-regional PA initiatives.

The Chuguev event was co-organized by the Association for Sustainable Society Advancement (ASSA) from Kharkov, Ukraine and the Educational Society of Malopolska (MTO) from Nowy Saçz, Poland.

Participants came from the regions of Kharkov, Bakhchisaray, Zaporozhe and Ternopil, and also included a guest from an NGO in Belarus and a representative (Rodger Potocki) of the sponsor: National Endowment for Democracy (NED) from the United States.

There were 6 seminar sessions in Chuguev, with 4 groups of participants in each. In addition to seminars, there was a PA EXPO where each group was able to present their accomplishments and materials. The competition for “Best Stand” was won by the “Nihal” PA group from Bakhchisaray with Second Place going to the “Happy Hammers” from Ternopil and Third Place going to “To Be or Not to Be” from Zaporozhe.

First Place for the best “PA and Us” poster was awarded to “Happy Babies” PA Group from Kharkov. Second Place in this competition was given to “Our Future” from Ternopil and Third Place went to “New Generation” PA Group from Kharkov.

First place winners received digital cameras and all winners received paintings from an American sponsor.

All PA Groups received certificates of participation.

The FAIR involved a group of volunteers from Budy High School (Kharkov Region) as well as a Theatre Group from the Kharkov Volunteer Center who provided evening entertainment and facilitated one of the seminars. This event was sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of Washington, D.C. It is the culmination of a two-year program sponsored by NED and the East-East Programs of Soros Foundation in Ukraine and Poland.

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