Peace Corps Ukraine’s Youth Development Project was developed in order to provide Ukrainian youth in underserved and mostly rural communities with the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy and meaningful lives in Ukraine, as well as their successful integration into the global community.
To achieve this purpose, Peace Corps assigns Volunteers for service in communities with limited access to financial and informational resources. Within their communities, Volunteers will work in institutions of formal secondary, secondary-vocational, inclusive and extracurricular activities. Volunteers also work with local Centers for Social Services, Youth Centers, and youth NGOs.
The Project Goals are:
1. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles;
2. Preparing Youth for the World of Work; and
3. Educating Active Citizens.
Community Youth Workers engage large groups of youth, mostly ages 10-25, in formal and non-formal education activities, such as classes, clubs, school camps, trainings, community youth events, teacher/parent workshops, to transfer a range of life-skills related to physical and emotional health, vocational competencies, and civics. These Volunteers are primarily assigned to Secondary and Vocational Schools, Centers for Creative Youth, and youth NGOs to serve mixed groups of mainstream and vulnerable populations (including socially disadvantaged, special needs, those living with HIV, veterans and family members, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)).
Youth Development Volunteers must also expect to conduct English clubs and help English teachers during lessons (maximum is 4 classes per week) and language camps, as English-speaking skills development is compliant with Goal 2 of Youth Development project – vocational and employment skills development. English speaking skills give Ukrainian youth broader opportunities as the country is taking a pro-European vector in its development.
While assigned to one organization as a home-base, these Volunteers act as catalysts for change and are continually engaged in using Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA) and defining their role in response to their host community. Aside from transferring skills to individual youth, the Volunteers will engage groups of in-school and out-of-school youth in designing and planning community youth oriented activities and projects. Volunteers will also increase the capacity of youth service providers (school psychologists, student counselors, after-school event organizers, social and youth workers, parents/caregivers, etc.) to increase community support for youth programs. Volunteers have a hands-on opportunity to change the direction of Ukraine through its youngest members.
Youth Development Volunteers are expected to be present. There are no remote or teleworking opportunities for youth work.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check