PH International

YouthSpark Ukraine

Country: Ukraine
Category: Information Technology Programs

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Web Site: http://youthspark-ua.ph-int.org/

The IDEA project powered by Microsoft Youth Spark in Ukraine focuses on creating new venture, employment, or education opportunities for young people. Economically disadvantaged youth in Ukraine is left behind in accessing the social and economic benefits brought by advancing IT technologies. This is especially true for youth and children living in families hit by poverty, those left without parental care, living and working on the streets, having disabilities, or experiencing other difficult life situations. These issues often mean disadvantaged youth enter the employment age unprepared to be competitive in the modern labor market. As a result, these young people are disproportionally unemployed or have underpaid jobs. The IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark helps youth to gain skills necessary for successful employment, start or continue education, or generate their own income as entrepreneurs.

Program News

Hour of Code training for students of school 33 in Vinnytsia | 19 Dec 2017

On December 19, 2017, the trainer of the NGO "Parostok" (Sprout) conducted a "Hour of Code" training for 18 students of the 7th grade of the secondary school №33 in Vinnytsia. The training was conducted within the framework of the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark. The training was aimed at familiarizing students with the basics of programming, while using simple examples explained by well-known people in the field of computer science, and not only. During the training, the students, on their own example, were able to make sure that everyone, if desired, can master the basics of programming.
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Computing training for students of National University of Water and Nature Management | 21 Nov 2017

On November 21, 2017, IDEA Rivne Training Center conducted a workshop for students of National University of Water and Nature Management. During the seminar, participants got acquainted with free online resources for self-education as well as improved their skills in the field of civic education, and computing and programing skills. The youth was especially interested in finding new educational opportunities in the field of programming and entrepreneurship, because, according to the youth, these areas are among the most promising in the labor market.
The training took place thanks to the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark".
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Presentation of Kodu Game Lab during ITBabyFest in Zaporizhzhya | 14 Oct 2017

During the ITBabyFest, the first IT-festival for children in Zaporizhzhya, the IDEA Training Center of NGO Institute of Public Development ‘Ortega-y-Gasset’ made a presentation on using the visual designer of the HomeGame Lab, which allows participants of ‘IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark’ creating 3D games without profound knowledge of the KODU programming language. Participants of the IT-festival, including parents and their children asked a lot of questions and were interested in taking part in further training programs of the IDEA Center.
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KODU GAME LAB for school students | 4 Oct 2017

A presentation of Kodu Game Lab for students of the 7th grade of secondary school №11 of Tokmak city was held on October 10. The trainer taught the students how to create KODU GAME LAB computer games and tools, and showed how they work. The students forgot about the ring for the class break and dreamed about creating their own characters. Everyone without exception was struck by how fast on bright landscapes, characters of the game, interesting visual effects and even sound support can be created at the computer. Guys and girls have plunged into the fantastic world of adventure, which previously seemed inaccessible to ordinary schoolchildren. The children were so enthralled with the theme of the event that they expressed their wish to study programming in the future in more detail.
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Success Stories

New life of my things | 26 Dec 2017

Anastasia Demchenko, a schoolgirl from Tokmak tells about how information she learned in the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark gave her new skills and ideas that helped not only her but the needy people: ‘The training I attended at the IDEA Center in Tokmak that was run by IDEA Center of NGO ‘Institute of Public Development ‘Ortega-y-Gasset’ was called ‘Development of a web-site for personal purposes’, however before the training I did not have a purpose for which I could develop such site. After the training, ‘the puzzle was formed’. When I came home, where I got a lot of unnecessary things still in a good condition, the decision came by itself - to make a site for the commission store, like the flea market. I also decided that an additional function would be a section where I could put things that no one buys to give them to the needy. The result justified itself and I have already got rid of a half of my things that I did not need any more.’
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My successes for people with hearing impairment | 2 Oct 2017

Hanna (28 years of age) from Vinnytsya shared how the project helped her and one of the IDEA Network members NGO ‘Parostok’ (Sprout) to develop. Hanna works as a Dactylology translator at the Vinnitsa Social and Economic Institute of the University ‘Ukraine’. ‘Thanks to participation in the project of the NGO ‘Parostok’ (Sprout)’ - said Hanna, ‘I had the opportunity to participate in developing a pocket dictionary of the Ukrainian sign language for the police. To work successfully, I lacked confidence in working with text input and editing as well as in working with images and photographs. At the IDEA Center of NGO ‘Parostok’ NGO, I successfully completed the training on working with the Microsoft Office suite and the basic work with images, and I was regularly receiving other consultations on other computing aspects from the IDEA Center's trainers. My work on the vocabulary was gradually moving forward, and finally I managed to do it! The dictionary was issued, and the police got copies for use. Thanks to the IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark, I was honored to be involved in building a police co-operation with people with hearing impairment’.
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