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Armenia
Frontline Youth Network
Armenia | Berd

Frontline Youth Network (FYN) is a community of young people who connect and empower other young people from rural and borderline communities in Armenia. Working at the grassroots level, FYN’s mission is to advance youth activism, engage people on the frontlines, and advocate for sustainable peace.

Visit: facebook.com/FrontlineYouthNet
Havasar Educational Foundation
Armenia | Yerevan

Havasar Educational Foundation is a youth-led organization focused on improving access to inclusive education for children with disabilities. Havasar has created a mobile educational app that contains accessible lessons for children with visual, hearing, or intellectual disabilities.

Visit: facebook.com/havasar.startup
Queer Sista Platform
Armenia | Yerevan

Queer Sista Platform is a queer feminist organization working with and for LGBTQ+ people. The platform hosts different queer initiatives and creates a safe space for self-expression and self-organization, as well as for collective, peer, and professional support.

 
Croatia
Centre for Peace Studies
Croatia | Zagreb

The Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) promotes nonviolence and social change through education, public policy, research, and activism. CPS provides psychosocial support, legal consultations, and community integration activities for migrant and refugee children and youth, including unaccompanied minors, and advocates for improved integration and migration policies.

Read more: Protecting migrant and refugee children in Croatia
Visit: cms.hr
 
Georgia
Initiative for Social Changes
Georgia | Tbilisi

Initiative for Social Changes (ISC) promotes and advocates for sustainable positive changes for the welfare and protection of social groups in vulnerable circumstances. The organization’s priority areas are child protection and welfare; gender equality and women’s rights; and youth empowerment.

Visit: facebook.com/InitiativeforSocialChanges
Invisible Labor
Georgia | Tbilisi

Invisible Labor is a youth-led volunteer organization that promotes reproductive health and rights for women. The organization’s efforts are focused on alleviating period poverty, improving access to hygienic facilities and low-cost or free menstrual hygiene products, and increasing workplace protections.

Visit: facebook.com/memarcxenefeminizmi
Youth for Public Health
Georgia | Tbilisi

Youth for Public Health improves access to educational resources for young people in rural areas and supports and strengthens youth development. The organization is launching a mobile classroom that delivers on-site and in-person programs using specially designed equipment with interactive educational resources and a mobile cinema.

Visit: facebook.com/Youth.for.Public.Health2014/

 

Kyrgyzstan
Hand in Hand
Kyrgyzstan | Bishkek

Hand in Hand provides treatment, therapy, and educational lessons for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Read more: What it means to be a “learning” organization | For Kyrgyz children with autism, a local NGO paves the way to better care | Announcing the 2019 Maya Ajmera Sustainability Award winners
Visit: autism.kg
Jointly Act Girls
Kyrgyzstan | Bishkek

Jointly Act Girls promotes and protects the rights of girls and works to reduce gender-based violence, child marriage, and bride kidnapping. This youth-led organization, which was founded by a 16-year-old girl, provides rights education and leadership programs, empowering girls to influence their families, schools, and communities, and promotes new legislation and policies.

Visit: facebook.com/jagkg2016
National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan | Bishkek

The National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan (NFFCK) is a girls-led organization working throughout Kyrgyzstan to empower girls and decrease child marriage and violence against girls through public awareness programs, girls’ leadership and health programs, community outreach, and national advocacy.

Read more: What it means for girls to lead
Visit: facebook.com/groups/876918915783031

 

moldova
Education Center: Diversity
Moldova | Chișinău

Education Center: Diversity promotes human rights, tolerance, social responsibility, and respect for cultural diversity. The organization offers educational resources and programs; provides training to teachers and other professionals; and creates opportunities for members of minority groups to share their cultures and traditions.

Visit: diversitate.org.md
Feminismd
Moldova | Chișinău

Feminismd raises awareness about gender equality issues. By utilizing its social media platforms and organizing in-person and online events, the organization informs teenagers in Moldova about gender equality and social justice issues and empowers them to combat these problems.

Visit: facebook.com/pg/feminismd/posts/
institute for Rural initiatives
Moldova | Chisinau

The Institute for Rural Initiatives (formerly Ograda Noastra NGO) promotes socio-economic initiatives in rural communities in Moldova, with a focus on disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Read more: “We are all Moldovans.”Community development in Moldova – one teenage entrepreneur at a time I Local groups adapt quickly to meet COVID-19 needs
Visit: iri.md
NGO Demos
Moldova | Edineț

NGO Demos works with students, teachers, and parents in rural areas in Moldova to foster civic engagement and volunteerism and to provide young people with career counseling. The organization has empowered youth volunteers to participate in local government processes and to make their schools more energy efficient.

NGO Pharos
Moldova | Ceadîr-Lunga

NGO Pharos is a youth-led organization that trains other young people on how to work with local authorities so they can raise awareness about issues affecting youth. The organization also empowers young people to implement their own projects.

Visit: vk.com/p_h_a_r_o_s
Tekedu
Moldova | Ghidighici

Tekedu is a youth-led organization that increases access to technology for marginalized groups and fosters entrepreneurship to break down barriers to employment and education. The organization offers technology-focused programs and trainings to girls, children with disabilities, Roma children, and children from rural areas.

Visit: tekedu.org
Youth Centre STUDEM
Moldova | Bălți

STUDEM is a youth center led and managed by a group of elected young people, and its priority is to increase civic engagement among youth. STUDEM also works to foster media literacy through partnerships with media institutions.

Visit: studem.md/acas%C4%83
Youth Media Center
Moldova | Chisinau

Youth Media Center (YMC) holds media training workshops in journalism, video production, blogging, and radio for children and youth, including children and youth with disabilities and children from Roma and other marginalized communities.

Visit: voceatinerilor.md

 

north macedonia
Legis
North Macedonia | Skopje

Legis advocates for human rights and provides humanitarian, legal, and medical assistance to migrants and asylum seekers, with a focus on registering and protecting unaccompanied minors. The organization – which involves young volunteers and migrants in its decision-making – offers psychosocial support to migrants in detention centers and deploys mobile assistance teams to provide support for migrants across the country.

Read more: Continuing the fight for migrant rights in North Macedonia
Visit: legis.mk

 

ROMANIA
Asociatia OvidiuRo
Romania | Bacău

Asociatia OvidiuRo’s mission is to make quality early education available to every child in Romania. The organization registers children aged 5 to 7 for school; provides them with lunches and attendance incentives; engages their parents in helping them prepare for kindergarten and first grade; and provides workshops and training for teachers, social workers, and volunteers.

Visit: ovid.ro
ASOCIATIA PENTRU LIBERTATEA SI EGALITATEA DE GEN
Romania | Sibiu

Asociatia pentru Libertatea si Egalitatea de Gen (ALEG) promotes gender equality and fights gender-based violence and discrimination in Romania.

Visit: aleg-romania.eu
CONCORDIA Romania
Romania | Bucharest

CONCORDIA Romania empowers children and young people facing difficult circumstances to regain their confidence and lead fulfilling, independent lives. The organization works in low-income communities providing family-type homes, day centers, schools, and social housing, and it offers social, educational, and vocational training services.

Visit: concordia.org.ro

 

SERBIA
Asylum Protection Center
Serbia | Belgrade

Asylum Protection Center (APC) provides legal, psychological, and other assistance to asylum seekers in Serbia, serving children aged 0 to 24 through consultations with lawyers, social workers, and psychologists.

Visit: azilsrbija.rs
Asylum and Refugee Centre
Serbia | Preševo

Asylum and Refugee Centre (ARC) advocates for the rights of migrants and provides comprehensive support to children and youth migrating with their families, as well as to unaccompanied minors. In addition to offering legal and psychosocial assistance to migrant youth, ARC empowers teenage volunteers to lead school programs designed to create safe conditions for social interaction and inclusion.
 

Tajikistan
DUSHANBE YOUTH HOUSE
Tajikistan | Dushanbe

The Dushanbe Youth House provides educational and vocational courses for children – including children living on the streets, working children, and children from low-income families – as well as psychological support to children and their families.
 

Turkey
Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Charity Association
Turkey | Istanbul

Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Charity Association mobilizes community volunteers in Turkey to empower women and children, including migrants and refugees. The organization offers arts and education programs for children, including workshops for girls on physical and mental health, sports, and protection from violence and sexual abuse.

Read more: Innovative education for child refugees in Turkey | Protecting refugee women and children on the Turkish border
Visit: mavikalem.org

 

Ukraine

For their safety amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, GFC is naming its partner organizations in Ukraine only when they have asked to be publicly identified. Please see our Ukraine emergency response webpage for more information.

 

united Kingdom
Breaking the Silence
United Kingdom | Bradford

Breaking the Silence (BTS) supports a particularly underserved population of West Yorkshire: Black-African, Afro-Caribbean, and South Asian boys and young men who are affected by, or are survivors of, sexual abuse, many of whom are reluctant to seek help because of systemic racism and patriarchal structures. BTS conducts extensive community outreach to find its clients, supports them through interventions to keep them safe, and then offers individual and group counseling to meet each survivor’s unique needs.

Visit: breaking-the-silence.org.uk
Future men
United Kingdom | London

Future Men supports boys and young men along the path to becoming dynamic adults, while addressing stereotypes around masculinity and engaging in the wider conversation of what it means to be a man. It offers a development program for school-age boys, a youth engagement program, and a fatherhood program for current and expectant dads, with a focus on developing positive and caring family relationships.

Visit: futuremen.org
Haven
United Kingdom | Sheffield

The only organization of its kind in Sheffield, England, Haven provides specialist support services for children and young people affected by domestic abuse. Its flagship program focuses on strengthening the bond between children and their safe parent/caregiver after they have left an abusive relationship. Haven also offers crisis intervention, group support and preventative programs, and training for professionals working with children and youth.

Visit: havenorg.uk
Integrate UK
United Kingdom | Bristol

A youth-focused organization in the United Kingdom, Integrate UK works to address female-genital mutilation (FGM) and honor-based violence (HBV) through peer education in schools, training for frontline professionals, film development, stage productions, conferences, and advocacy with local and national government such as police departments, schools, and Parliament.

Visit: integrateuk.org
Juvenis
United Kingdom | London

With an emphasis on serving youth involved in or at risk of criminal behavior, Juvenis helps young people in South London to turn their lives around and re-engage with employment, education, or training. Its specialized programs include mentorship for youth in police custody, therapy and life skills training for survivors of domestic violence, an expressive safe space for girls and young women, and individualized support for disenfranchised youth entering the job market.

Read more: Cyrus’s story
Visit: juvenis.org.uk
lads need dads
United Kingdom | Clacton-On-Sea

Lads Need Dads supports boys missing a father figure in their lives with professional and peer mentoring, outdoor activities, life skills training, leadership development, and volunteering opportunities. Through these activities, boys develop positive relationships with other boys and men while strengthening their self-confidence, resilience, and emotional intelligence.

Visit: ladsneeddads.org
Leaders in Community
United Kingdom | London

Leaders in Community (LiC) engages vulnerable children and youth in Tower Hamlets through an employment program, an enterprise program that supports start-ups, music lessons, sports, a community garden, volunteer opportunities, and a leadership and governance program.

Visit: licprojects.org
Little Fish Theatre
United Kingdom | Greenwich

Little Fish Theatre provides youth aged 10 to 19 who live in poor communities in south London with arts-based programs such as productions, workshops, counseling, and advocacy that develop self-empowerment and life skills and encourage empathy and positive communication.

Visit: littlefishtheatre.co.uk
Mermaids
United Kingdom | Leeds

Mermaids supports trans and gender-diverse children and youth, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care, through secure online communities, helpline services, legal support, and events. Its programs equip young people and their families to navigate education and health services and cope with emotional distress, while also improving the awareness and practices of teachers, doctors, social workers, and other professionals.

Visit: mermaidsuk.org.uk
Survivors Manchester
United Kingdom | Manchester

Survivors Manchester supports male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, empowering them to make positive life choices and begin their unique healing journey. As a survivor-led organization, its programs include online support and apps, a hotline, individualized therapy, group support, drop-in support, and assistance with police reporting and legal advice.

Visit: survivorsmanchester.org.uk
Violence Intervention Project
United Kingdom | London

The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) supports young people who have been involved in or are at risk of violent behavior. Through one-on-one outreach and group sessions, as well as school workshops, sports activities, and camps, VIP helps youth to open up about their experiences, develop positive relationships, and end the cycle of violence in their communities.

Visit: the-vip.org
Warren Youth Project
United Kingdom | Hull

The Warren Youth Project is a free community resource center for young people in Hull, England, where youth can access a range of services to support their wellbeing, employability, education, and creativity. Its programs – which are guided by young people – include counseling, a food bank and cafeteria, youth employment services, social justice campaigning, emergency support, arts projects, complementary therapies, and a recording label and studio.

Read more: Allowing the need to lead: How The Warren Youth Project adapted to COVID-19 | Stories in the Making
Visit: thewarren.org
YOH
United Kingdom | London

YOH is a locally led community group focused on supporting marginalized children and young people in and around Central and East London and parts of Essex. Using an award-winning approach, YOH engages young people that have slipped through the net of existing service provision and supports their transition to self-empowerment and positive outcomes. Its support ranges from providing essential supplies to employment access.

Visit: yoh.org.uk

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