On 6 April 2021 the official kick-off of the Ukrainian-Danish Youth House has been held. The Youth House was established through the joint efforts of the Danish Cultural Institute, the Danish Youth Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The online event was attended by Youth House Director Julie Arnfred Bojesen, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Maryna Popatenko, Director of the Department for European Neighbourhood of the Danish Foreign Ministry Lars Bo Møller, as well as by young people who presented their projects and shared their impressions of Ukrainian-Danish youth cooperation.
Deputy Minister Maryna Popatenko congratulated the Youth House team on starting work online and expressed hope “to meet soon in the Youth House in a physical space filled with new opportunities for development and implementation of young people’s ideas, which will become a place of meetings and acquaintances, a place of support and inspiration where you want to be and where you want to return and implement youth initiatives”. According to her, the areas of work and tasks set by the Youth House correspond to the priorities and tasks of the state youth policy of Ukraine*, the main purpose of which is to increase the activity of young people in public life.
Director Lars Møller noted that Ukraine and Denmark are close to each other both physically and in their ambitions to engage the young generation, which will be strengthened by the opening of the Youth House. He expressed satisfaction that the Youth House “is being operated by young people and for young people, who can set the agenda for new ways of democratic action, taking into account the rapid technological developments”.
It is declared that the Youth House will be a platform for democratic dialogue, creativity and youth participation for the youth of Ukraine and Denmark. It will support youth projects, active participation in public life among the youth of Ukraine and promote long-term cooperation between Danish and Ukrainian youth.
The activities of the Youth House include the organization of youth festivals, exchange programs, seminars, debates and various social and cultural events. There events are also planned in the regions of Ukraine, first of all, in Poltava and Mariupol.
The Youth House will be used by both official youth organizations and more informal groups, such as artists and activists from all parts of the political spectrum.
The project has been implemented under the Danish Neighbourhood Program and funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry, which allocated DKK 18 million (EUR 2.4 million) to the project.
Also, the new website of the Youth House was presented during the event:
Photo Credit: Ukrainian-Danish Youth House
* Automatic Google-translation into English