S-UN Fund for Youth Project winners were announced

01 May 2009

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Following the call for proposals, 21 youth projects have been selected to be supported under the S-UN Fund for Youth Project. Young owners of awarded projects will be meeting in Ankara to attend project management trainings. 

New Horizons - Swiss-UNDP Fund for Youth is a grant and technical assistance programme that has been implemented by the General Directorate of Youth and Sports and UNDP. As a direct response to support Turkish Government’s efforts to support social integration of young people, the Fund was entrusted to UNDP by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency.

The S-UN Fund for Youth Project supports young women and men’s initiatives in the areas of social integration of young migrant populations, youth employment in culture and tourism sectors and effective utilization of information and communication technologies in three pilot provinces; Konya, Kocaeli and Muğla. Young people from 15 to 26 years of age were invited to submit project proposals in cooperation with corporate partners or youth centers acting as a corporate partner in all of the three pilot provinces. 

During the application period between February and March 2009, young participants were supported by project development trainings. 21 projects (4 from Kocaeli, 6 from Konya and 11 from Muğla) out of a total of 55 project applications were selected.

A total amount of $319 thousand has been allocated to the awarded projects of approximately which $158 thousand was granted to Muğla, $91 thousand to Konya and $70 thousand to Kocaeli, respectively. 56 young women and 58 young men are taking part as project team members. (For the list of awarded projects, please click here.)

On the first week of May, young project owners will meet in project development trainings in Ankara to facilitate the project implementation phase. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about project management concepts, team work, communication, time management and developing and maintaining partnerships.

Project owners will meet again on the third week of May, during Youth Week organized by the General Directorate of Youth and Sports to showcase their work to a sizeable audience of 5 thousand young women and men from 70 different countries.