Yaroslav MINKIN , Ukraine
PROJECT: Educational Programme for Strengthening the Role of New Generation in Decision-Making Process

Driven by cultural innovation and civic activism, Yaroslav is a poet and human rights defender from Ukraine.

In his capacity as a Chairman of the Board of the Youth Organization STAN, he is working towards developing a creative civil society through cultural, social, and educational initiatives. In 2018-2019, Yaroslav was a National Coordinator of WG4 «Contacts Between People» of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, promoting civic engagement, diversity, and plurality of public discourse and policymaking in the EaP countries. On top of that, he is a trainer with more than seven years of professional experience; he collaborates with the leading local and international stakeholders, including the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Goethe Institute Ukraine.  

Yaroslav holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Pedagogical Disciplines from the Luhansk National Pedagogical University named after Taras Shevchenko and Management of Non-profit Organizations Ukrainian Catholic University.

“Since 2019 I am honored to be the EaP Civil Society Fellow and make a structured influence on the policy level in Ukraine. My main aspiration has always been to make the voices of local activists, minority representatives and youth activists heard by the relevant stakeholders. The fellowship enhanced motivation and strength to continue my social activities and fight for the rights of ordinary people. The ones who are the main electorate of the country and therefore, deserve better lives. Our team puts all the efforts to strengthen people-to-people contacts in Ukraine and hopefully, always will do so.” – Yaroslav MINKIN 

Educational Programme for Strengthening the Role of New Generation in Decision-Making Process

The action aimed to strengthen the role of the young people in the decision-making process by introducing a comprehensive educational program for the local youth in Ukraine.  To achieve the above objective, Yaroslav learned and disseminated the Danish model of the DAOS (Diversity Ambassadors Open School) approach and strategy. To study good practices and Danish youth empowerment methods, Yaroslav visited an arts college – Hojskolen Snoghoj and Danish National Youth Council. Both institutions share efficient methods of empowering a new generation and strengthening youth participation on local and national levels. After the field visit, Yaroslav developed the local “DAOS” program along with seven alumni (aged between 14-17) of Youth organization “STAN” and designed for the three Ukrainian cities of Ivano-Frankivsk, Sloviansk, and Zhmerinka.

The action raised awareness of 550 youngsters in three Ukrainian cities of Sloviansk, Zhmerinka and Ivano-Frankivsk by the 3-month Diversity Ambassadors Training Program. Nowadays, the project participants represent a network of more than 100 active citizens calling themselves the Diversity Ambassadors. From 2019, they are promoting human rights, gender equality and tackling climate challenges in their communities all over Ukraine. In addition, the training delivered by Yaroslav at the Youth Climate festivals and the Cultural Management Schools promoted youth engagement in the larger audience.

A number of stories about the impact of independent groups of youth and youngsters where published on STAN website:

Apart from empowering local youth, the action built the capacity of Yaroslav since he enjoyed an opportunity of pursuing a field trip to Denmark and attending Eastern Partnership Youth Summer School 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Fellowship Programs 2019
Country Ukraine
Areas of Interest Advocacy
Capacity development
Topics Democratic participation
Youth empowerment
Project duration May 2019 - November 2019