Youth Organization-STAN was originally founded in 1999 in Luhansk as an alternative to the official writer’s union in the city. The organization’s focus has evolved over the years to take on a youth and grass-roots based approach. STAN seeks to unite writers, philosophers, artists, journalists, teachers, social activists and student youth. They publish poems and reports; organize street actions, performances, and concerts in order to push government and society. It was legally registered in 2008 as an NGO in Luhansk.
Art and protest, social activism and social oriented art
Promoting Human Rights Awareness in Eastern and Southern Ukraine
Human rights educational program of discussion club of intellectual cinema
In 2014 the organization fled Luhansk as the military conflict escalated and the security situation deteriorated. STAN has since relocated to the city of Ivano-Frankivsk on the opposite side of Ukraine, but continues to operate within their mission. In addition, STAN has added the focus of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine to their agenda. In the past the organization has worked with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, National Endowment for Democracy, US Embassy in Ukraine, European Cultural Foundation, Goethe Institute, International Renaissance Foundation, European Commission, British Council and others. It currently has regional coordinators in eleven different oblasts around Ukraine: Luhansk, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Odessa, Poltava, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts.
Since its relocation to Ivano-Frankivsk, Youth Organization STAN has continued its work. In 2015 Youth Organization STAN conducted camps for young IDPs from eastern Ukraine in Poland with assistance of Polish NGOs, won a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy entitled “Promoting Dialogue and Reconciliation within the regions of Ukraine”, creation of report on stereotypes of IDPs in Ukraine and other activities such as numerous trainings. The following year STAN created an online museum of contemporary culture in Luhansk with assistance of the Goethe Institute in order to disprove the myth that conflict broke out in the Donbas due to a lack of culture. In addition, Youth Organization STAN was local organizer for the European Action Week against Racism, conducted multiple trainings with IDPs, foreign students and Ukrainian Youth, hosted visitors including Russian human rights activists, coordinated activities between the new patrol police and foreign students and various other activities.
Luhansk Art and Facts
Promoting dialogue and reconciliation in Ukrainian regions (NED)
Burratino (NED, US Embassy)
Plan Z (GI)
Active Citizens (BC)
UA-PL dialogues (Polsko-Ukraińskiej Rady Wymiany Młodzieży, Narodowe Centrum Kultury)
Meet Up partnership building
European dialogues (OSI)
Social Entrepreneurship (EEF)