Motivation and youth leadership
Yurii says that he is mainly motivated by two things – change, and the people who drive change. “It really motivates and inspires me when I see that our work has brought some practical benefits – when you can see a concrete result for the authorities, citizens or business.”
Among the essential leadership qualities for young people is sociability, Yurii says. “Communication skills and cooperation are extremely important. You have to take responsibility for what you say or do. That’s a pretty fundamental thing that you need to learn right away, and always keep in mind. Also, don’t let challenges and the fear of change dent your confidence. We all live in the digital age, when the whole world is turning into a digital lab where we can all do something, test hypotheses, and leave our mark. If you fail, don’t give up, but try again. Feel the joy of the thinking process! After all, you’ll come across something new you didn’t know before. Now go and learn! It’s indeed a valuable experience!"
Generation17 participants can look forward to a lot of networking and communication, as well as participation in international events. The first of these took place on April 6 within the ECOSOC Youth Forum, which was focused on changemaking and innovations to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the year, the Ukrainian team will receive technical support from Samsung Global, mentorship from UNDP, and will have the opportunity to promote the Institute of Analysis & Advocacy with the support of the Edelman communications agency.
“Why is it cool? Among other things, it’s a great opportunity to tell people more about Ukraine and our experience in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals – to scale up our digital solutions and adapt the solutions of foreign colleagues that may be relevant in Ukraine,” Yurii says.
Text: Tetyana Kononenko. Editing: Euan Macdonald, UNDP Ukraine