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30.06.2014 | idea | "My first trainer experience"
The project trainings, along with many unemployed people, are attended by young volunteers participating in other activities of our NGO partners. After their take IDEA trainings, these young people gain additional skills and knowledge that helps them to become professionals themselves. For example, one of volunteers of Tokmak-based NGO "Ortega y Gasset" that joined IDEA network in 2014, Denys used to attend several trainings and this IDEA Center as a trainee. But in June 2014, after Denys participated at a seminar "IT school for NGOs" held by Microsoft Ukraine in Kyiv, he successfully started conducting IDEA trainings himself. Denys shared his experience of realizing this opportunity. He says: "Even though I took trainings at my IDEA Training Center and participated in the second" IT School for NGOs "at Microsoft, I was incredibly nervous during my first training. Its topic was “Windows 8 (Farewell XR!)” that I myself went through during “IT School for NGOs”. Though I was prepared and confident that everything would according with my plan, this new experience of working with people and the presentation topic - all made me a little nervous. As a trainer, I must make sure that people who attended the training understand me, and I should be aware of their interest in my information. Fortunately, most of the audience was young, so I quickly found the approach to communication and understanding with my students. And, in a quiet mood, but with focused concentration, time flew by me unnoticed. Information about the modern style of Windows 8 came out of my mouth itself. I thought only about using my time efficiently to manage to present out the entire volume of materials that I have prepared. For the first time, the youth heard enough information, and I'm happy with my result, but I will not lie - I still have to learn a lot from my trainers. I felt immense relief at the end of the training, and realized that I really like this thing. I'm sure that this experience was my first but not the last training session, and I do not plan to stop at that."

13.06.2014 | idea | Financial support from municipal government
NGO "Centre Podillya-Socium" actively partners with IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark and delivers computer training to youth, particularly disadvantaged young people. Recently, the organization won a grant at the 2014 social projects contest held by Vinnitsa City Council. The City supported its project proposal "Uniting Generations" which aims to improve the living standards of the elderly through the mastery of modern information technology. Assistance for older people in learning the basics of computer literacy during the project is going to be provided with a help from student volunteers. The main component of this success was that in February 2014, the organization received free Microsoft software licenses for 10 computers. Congratulations to "Centre Podillya-Socium" on this success!

30.04.2014 | idea | Internship at IDEA Center helped to start a venture
Yaroslav Markitan (22) from Ivano-Frankivsk says, "I graduated from college, and my specialty is computer engineering. Unfortunately, I did not have enough experience and practice, so, for a long time, I was unemployed and looked for a job. Recently, I signed up for training and internship at IDEA Center affiliated with NGO "Business Award Foundation". Trainers and staff of the Center taught me practical skills in computer maintenance, and it gave me invaluable experience. I decided to try to start my own business of servicing of computers and office equipment. I plan to cooperate with several entrepreneurs and maintain their equipment. Hopefully, I will become a successful entrepreneur. Through a partner network of IDEA Center, I have received positive recommendations and began to serve several businesses, including a children dance club and a network of home appliance stores. This is a good start for my own business, and I thank the project for helping me with it!"

25.04.2014 | idea | Creating a Cristmas fairy tale!
Hanna Lebedeva (23) about two years ago, upon an advice from her friends, took IDEA training in Luhansk, and now Hanna shares her success and plans for the future: "At IDEA The Centre opened by the charity fund "Light of Heart", I studied Microsoft Office course. I am very, very grateful to my friends for that advice! After I completed the course I was able to open my own business. Originally, I posted an ad on the Internet for services "Santa Claus. Give your kids a fairy tale for Christmas Holidays." So, now I work as Snow Maiden and I have my own agency to provide, as I say, jolly mood!' This is how IDEA courses helped me to find myself in life and open my creative potential. And I would like to expand the list of services that my agency provides and give children holidays all year round! Also in my plans is to create my own website. Hopefully, IDEA Center operation at “Light of Heart” will help me with this too".

02.04.2014 | idea | Talented master - a successful entrepreneur
Alla ( 28) talks about her experience of participating in the project: "By education, I am an English teacher. However, no vacancies were available, so I had to look for a work. I had a hobby, however, - making handmade dolls. Recently, I went to IDEA training center in Ivano-Frankivsk, where I took graphics courses. Besides, I learned about opportunities to realize my interests towards entrepreneurship. Trainers of the IDEA center shared success stories of other participants, so I decided to try. I placed photos of dolls I made in the Internet, and registered with several relevant forums. And recently I received the first orders... I am grateful to the project, and I hope that my new venture will bring me success."
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