Twelve organizations from across Ukraine will learn from mentors to develop capacity in advocacy, inclusive development, gender and financial sustainability.
On February 23rd, Mentorship Program 3.0 to strengthen the advocacy and other capacities of civil society organizations was officially launched.
Volodymyr Sheihus, Executive Director of ISAR Ednannia, drew the attention of the Program participants to the importance of enriching each other with knowledge, practice and experience: “There are organizations that are interested in passing on knowledge, and if we don’t take more from them than we hear, we will simply lose that opportunity”.
Olesia Kholopik, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM), said that the Mentorship Program began as a dream come true, but now mentors and mentors continue to create it:
“The Mentorship Program is about networking, about the community, about support, about new friends and about work. It is about the opportunity to learn and teach, about tools and opportunities. But it depends on all of us how the Program will come out and what results it will yield.”
The Mentorship Program 3.0 includes the following 12 mentee-mentor pairs:
- NGO Bridges over the Dnipro – ZMINA. Human Rights Center, Alona Lunova;
- Association of Public Advisors of Ukraine – Public Association RPR Coalition, Denys Davydenko;
- NGO Youth Democratic Association “YODA” – Tabletochki Charitable Foundation, Viacheslav Bykov;
- NGO Triple Thread (Potriina Nytka) – NGO Vinnytsia City Organization for Social Development and Growth of Certain Vulnerable Categories of Youth Parostok (Sprout), Iryna Sarancha;
- PA ZAPORIZHZHIA COUNCIL OF REFORMS – NGO Territory of Success, Inha Dudnik;
- NGO Realizable Dream – NGO Access Point, Anastasiia Prokopenko;
- CF Boiar Community Foundation – NGO Ukrprostir, Nataliia Seliukova;
- NGO Young ENERGY – NGO Society Ukrainian People’s House in Chernivtsi, Dmytro Mitsevych;
- NGO Regional Development Agency of Zhmerynskyi Region – CF Light of Hope, Mariia Bondarenko and Viktor Shylov;
- NGO Future of Koropshchyna – Foundation for the Development of NGOs “Western Ukrainian Resource Center”, Uliana Voloshynivska;
- NGO Let the Children Move – NGO Institute of Socio-Cultural Management, Anna Orlovska;
- NGO Join and Change – NGO The Legal Hundred, Mariia Zviahintseva.
“For the next six months, we will be together,” said Olena Matviychuk, coordinator of the Mentorship Program.
According to her, the mentees have two training modules ahead, exchange of best practices, development of specific advocacy campaigns and other necessary documents, plans with the support of mentors and improvement in the skills in the process of their implementation.
Mentorship Program 3.0 is implemented as part of the Project Ukraine Civil Society Sectoral Support Activity implemented by the Initiative Center to Support Social Action “Ednannia” in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) and Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) with the sincere support of the American people through United States Agency for International Development.