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Director's diary: We are live!

Director's diary: We are live!

15-04-2021

The Youth House has taken its first steps! Read the director's review of the past month.

Spring is here, and as winter is finally letting go, The Ukrainian-Danish Youth House activities have been kicked off. After many months of preparation, we have taken the step from being an idea on some documents to being a virtual Youth House. It is a big step for us, and we are working hard to make this a great place for all - online and offline.

The past months have been intense and very productive. Since I started on February 15th, we have gotten an identity and a virtual home! This website and our Facebook page give us a platform where we communicate with you all. So here you will find information about all our upcoming activitiesas well as get an insight into where we are at.

And activities are coming up in plenty! We had our kick-off event on April the 6th, marking the start of our online activities. A whole lot of you watched our livestream, and we have received so much positive feedback on the Ukrainian-Danish Youth House coming in from all directions, so I just want to say a big thank you to Mr Lars Bo Møller (Danish Foreign Ministry), Ms Maryna Popatenko (Ukrainian Ministry for Youth and Sports), Petrine, Bogdana from The Danish Youth Council’s cross-political network, and Anka and Anton from The Danish Cultural Institute’s anti-corruption theatre project Corrupt:off! Thanks for joining me and showing the amazing things you are creating, and which we want to continue in the Youth House.

We already have planned a Cultural Shuffle, a SPRINT-workshop and a lot of other good things to come – so I hope to see many of you joining us!

Since the Youth House is all about youth and people and exchanging ideas, it is also great to see that so many have already joined our online community. This group is for all of you who want to be a part of the core community of the Ukrainian-Danish Youth House. If you would like to volunteer in the future, share ideas or take initiative to events, this is the place to do it!

Our Advisory Boardwas selected a while ago, and we are having our first meeting the 20th of April. I am looking forward to hearing all the perspectives they can bring, representing two countries and a whole wide range of organisations and experiences.

One of the big developments is that the Secretariat in Kyiv is expanding. On April 6,Roman Tyshchenko joined the team as Start-Up and House Manager. He came from a position at the USAID anti-corruption SACCI program. In the Youth House, he will be managing the House – once it is established – and our public program.