Changing the course of life of young people through 21st century skills
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments․ UNICEF Armenia has only recently started resource mobilization efforts from individuals and private companies: thus most of the funding comes from national committees of USA and EU countries. Those countries, on their turn, raise funds from private sector, individuals and foundations.
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
UNICEF plans to expand UPSHIFT throughout the country during the next Country Program Plan. This will be reached by step-by-step spreading the project with specific attention to the disadvantaged groups (youth with disabilities, poor households, distant communities). Training sessions for different winning teams may differ based on the needs of the communities and outcomes pursued.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
The skills that UpShifters learn and practice are of vital importance to navigate a changing environment and engage in civic activities. This set of skills and actions in their turn will get young people into job market and will enable them to develop their own business ideas being while becoming active citizens. The whole process from identifying the idea, developing and finalizing takes around 5 months. Young people get 5 months of mentorship are also exposed to various change-makers, businesses and individuals who support and coach them for getting better results and sustainability.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
UPSHIFT is a global tool – adaptable and flexible to different contexts. UPSHIFT is now being implemented in more than 22 UNICEF Country Offices worldwide — championing the idea of youth and adolescents as the main actors of social change.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
UNICEF implements its UPSHIFT projects in collaboration with local non profit organizations. A telling example is previously implemented projects, wherein UNICEF and the Youth Initiative Center of Gyumri NGO launched boot-camp at the Gyumri Technology Center. All these skills and capacities remain in the communities with implementing partners and are key to further scalability.