14 boarding schools and over 1,000 graduates became members of the All-Ukrainian Youth Empowered Program in Ukraine in 2017-2018 academic year. The goal of the project is to help socially vulnerable young people to gain access to education and choose a profession and, thus, to create a better future for themselves. The program was launched by Coca‑Cola Beverages Ukraine together with the NGO "Osvitoriya".
The students of 14 boarding schools that became participants of the project receive throughout the year a complete information on external independent evaluation (EIT), on the conditions of entry and study at various educational institutions, including universities, as well as on the demand of occupations in the labor market. All graduates are given the opportunity to go through the testing of the world-known Magellano University professional guidance test, as a result of which all school graduates will receive a personalized consultation of an experienced psychologist. In addition, within the framework of the project, educational institutions are provided with fully-equipped computer classes that allow students to prepare for exams on the iLearn online platform, which includes courses and webinars in the Ukrainian language and literature, mathematics, history of Ukraine, and English. Some institutions that participate in the program have opened additional "First Occupation" courses, where children can learn hairdressing, carpentry or cooking and gain initial skills.
Official opening of the program and its presentation to the Ukrainian public and mass media took place at the general-education boarding school of the I-III grades of the city of Rava-Ruska. This place for the presentation was not chosen by chance – the boarding school in Ravi-Russian last year was among 6 educational institutions, where the graduates were trained in the program and showed the highest results of the entry.
"There was a single issue covered by the program and I am satisfied with its effectiveness. According to the results of the EPL in the Ukrainian language, our school entered the 10 best schools of Lviv region. And according to the results of the NNO of all subjects we are in the region – at 38th place. This is the data of the Lviv Regional Center for Educational Quality Assessment. Compared to the previous years, we made a big step forward" Andrey Yaroslavovich Soltas, Director of the Boarding School in Rava-Ruska, believes that the best of the project's effectiveness is the results of external independent evaluation
Andriy Yaroslavovych also said that the graduating student of the school, Mikhail Levandovsky, took the 2 nd place in the regional Olympiad in the Ukrainian language last year, and according to the results of the EAU he entered the National University "Lviv Polytechnic" – he showed the second result among the four enrolled entrants to the budget form teaching.
For the youth development program Coca‑Cola Beverages Ukraine and Osvitoriya selected boarding schools where the most vulnerable and least protected young people are trained.
"With this project, we give children a chance to achieve more. Graduates of boarding schools, orphanages, constitute an vulnerable group of young people, due to their social insecurity. They often have no opportunity to pay for additional educational services. But everyone has the right to the future, And we are convinced that access to education must be equal for all" Zoya Lytvyn, the chairman of the NGO "Osvitoriya"
The youth development project has grown from local to nationwide for three years. It was launched in 2015 at the Center for Social Rehabilitation "Emerald City" in Svyatogorsk, Donetsk Oblast, which became a home for migrant children from the ATO area. It proved its effectiveness – 52% of the project participants became students of universities in 2016, so it was decided to expand the project and make it national.
During the 2016-2017 was implemented in 6 boarding schools of five regions: Donetsk, Vinnytsya, Kirovograd, Lviv and Zakarpattia. According to the results of the year, 77% of the students entered universities and colleges.
In the 2017-2018 the program is expanding to 14 boarding schools in 7 regions of Ukraine (Rivnenky, Volyn, Donetsk, Vinnitsa, Kirovograd, Lviv and Zakarpattia), where more than 1000 school graduates study.
"Coca‑Cola consistently implements the strategy of helping socially vulnerable youth and aims to help 25,000 socially vulnerable boys and girls get a better future by 2020. In the 28 countries where the Coca‑Cola HBC operates, the youth empowered program is a priority area for the company's community support" As Andriy Bublyk, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Coca‑Cola Beverages Ukraine, said – the expansion of the project to cover the growing number of young people will continue