Association Rural Development for Future Georgia, with EU Support, Launches New Youth Project in Shida Kartli

On 21 February, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) launched new youth-oriented project at Gori State University. The project “Innovation and Us” will be implemented in the region of Shida Kartli with the support of Save the Children and the Georgian government’s Children and Youth Development Fund within the framework of the European Union’s EU4Youth program.

By using an innovative employment model, the project aims to support internally displaced young people in the Shida Kartli region to improve their career skills to help them find employment and promote social entrepreneurship in Georgia.

“Today’s event aimed to provide applicants registered during the project’s information campaign as well as partner organizations with detailed information about the new project. Project enters its active phase and we will start selection process soon” – said Lela Maisuradze, project manager.

The event was attended by representatives of the government, donor organizations, partner organizations and interested young applicants from Shida Kartli.

The event was opened by RDFG chairman Vano Grigolashvili, who emphasized the role of active and engaged young people in youth development and employment process and noted that RDFG team has been actively working for youth empowerment for years. Konstantine Tavzarashvili, mayor of Gori, spoke to participants about the existing challenges in the employment field in Gori Municipality and noted that only the municipality’s efforts are not enough to solve this problem and non-governmental organizations support in this direction through youth-oriented projects is crucial. The event was also attended by the director of project’s partner organization, BDC academy, who spoke about the cooperation opportunities between private and non-governmental sectors.

Opening remark was also given by Irakli Jorjoliani, director of Youth Development Fund: “education and social entrepreneurship are two strategically important directions for the development of youth employability skills. The fund is implementing several projects in parallel aiming to support and promote these directions among young people.”

Within the project, 25 selected internally displaced young people from Shida Kartli will be enrolled in a three-month intensive training course that offers lessons on marketing, web-design and English language. Additionally, selected participants will be trained to improve ‘soft’ skills such as team work, problem solving, time management and presentation/public speaking.

In the second phase of the project, the 10 most successful project participants will be offered employment or paid internship opportunities at the new social enterprise established within the project. The social enterprise will offer marketing services to other social enterprises operating in Georgia by creating an e-commerce platform to help them sell their products and implement effective marketing strategies.