Sharing stories to connect young people from the EU member States and the Eastern Neighbourhood countries

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‘EU, Ukraine and me’ Essay Contest Winners

In May 2021, the Young European Ambassadors in Ukraine, in partnership with the Zaporizhzhia State Oblast Administration, carried out an essay contest titled ‘EU, Ukraine and me’ envisaged for participants from Zaporizhzhia oblast studying in 9-11 school grade . The activity aimed to raise the curiosity of local young people on the European integration of Ukraine and share their thoughts and ideas on it. They were invited to write their essays on one of the following topics: •    What does it mean to be a European for me? •    Europe in my life/city/country  •    The European Union and Ukraine: past, present, future   In total, almost 30 young people from all over the oblast participated in the activity. It's noteworthy that the majority of the participants of the contest studies in the village schools (Matviivka village, Mala Bilozerka village, Velyka Bilozerka village, Novospaske village, Vilnoadnriivka village, etc.) and the schools in small towns (Huiaipole town, Energodar town…
Kseniia Kharchenko, Diana Liubova, Yulia Danylenko 31 May 2021
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The culture is in crisis and the European youth can get it back to normal

The pandemic has dramatically affected the prosperity and wellbeing of those who work in the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) all over the Eastern Neighborhood. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the cultural institutions were not able to function and faced the most unpredictable crisis of the century. The cultural events on local, national and international levels halted and stuck the artists left stuck in stagnation. How can the Eastern Neighborhood countries reanimate the cultural life and prevent the crisis from happening again? Here we offer some hints to get us back on track.
Nazar Solomakha 21 May 2021
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‘Europe Day Model of the European Parliament’: Young European Ambassadors promoting better understanding of the European Union, its institutions and operation among Ukrainian youth

The ‘Europe Day Model of the European Parliament’ activity was an interactive simulation of the work of the European Parliament aimed to provide Ukrainian young people with an insight into the operation of the EU’s institutions, develop their soft skills and leadership capacities, project and crisis management traits, and unite young Ukrainian leaders in one strong network of people working together for the benefit of developing their country. The event consisted out of two main elements: educational and practical parts.
Viktoriia Kulyniak 19 May 2021
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On the Road to Europe

The story of Europe has neither a precise starting point nor a clearly visible destination. This piece looks into the evolving nature of European integration and its aims.
Serhii Lashyn 19 May 2021
"Spitak Manushak" social enterprise
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Stronger Women, Stronger Spitak

Due to the EU4Women funding, women involved in “Spitak Manushak” became more active and independent. Starting one’s own business, especially for women, is a big step for my small town, and as a young man who lives here, I should say I really notice the positive changes these women bring to our local community, and I believe they will get even stronger, and make our town stronger…Stronger women, stronger Spitak!  
Tigran Minasyan 19 April 2021
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Young European Ambassadors Discuss Georgian History and Politics

Covid-19 may be powerful enough to prevent us from gathering physically, but we still are able to meet  on Zoom and explore each other’s culture profoundly. This is what YEAs have been doing since the beginning of 2021 through a project called “the EU-Georgia dialogue initiative”.
Giorgi Giorgadze 15 April 2021
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Georgian language: it is not so different!

Georgian, is defined as part of the Kartvelian languages and it is the official language of Georgia. The Kartvelian language family is often also defined as Iberian or South Caucasian. It can be divided into many different subgroups, varying regionally in Georgia, but including also dialects spoken in parts of the Black Sea coast area in Turkey, the Eṣfahān region in Iran and some parts of Azerbaijan. But how European is it?
Timon Mario Aydin Turban 15 April 2021
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First Session of EU-Georgia Dialogue Initiative: “The EU and Georgia. How the EaP supports youth leaders”

The EU-based YEAs are organizing a series of events called “Dialogue Initiative” (DI), with the aim of better understanding the six EaP countries, their History, culture, its relations with the EU, as well as different policy areas related to Human Rights, Gender Equality, the Environment and Youth Opportunities.This article tells the experience of a Georgian YEA, with insights into EU-Georgia relations.
Tsitsino Khachidze 14 April 2021
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ESC in times of COVID-19 pandemic: first-hand experience

While the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for most people meant confinement inside their own house, let alone country, European Solidarity Corps volunteers continued their service abroad. Five volunteers from Ukraine started their projects in four countries, each facing different conditions, challenges, ups and downs. In this article Kateryna Kravchenko, Halyna Nikitina, Anna Dovha, Anna Trushkina and Kateryna Tarab described not only the whole process of selection and onboarding but also touched on the challenges of volunteering and moving in times of COVID-19 pandemic, pointing out how restrictions affected their activities and shared their impressions and unforgettable memories.
Kateryna Kravchenko, Halyna Nikitina, Anna Dovha, Anna Trushkina and Kateryna Tarab 14 April 2021