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Webinar: Involving marginalised young people in preventing sexual exploitation

Posted: Thu Dec, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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  • Online Webinar 28 October 2015, 2pm UK time
  • To register for this webinar and receive joining instructions please email Samantha Wilson at samantha.wilson@beds.ac.uk

During the webinar Stellit, an NGO based in St Petersburg Russia, will share their experience of supporting the Youth Volunteer Movement "Do You Know the Way? Do it Your Own Way…" The movement was founded in 2009. It involves students who are attending vocational schools in St. Petersburg. These students, aged between 16 and 24, have typically been in institutional care or come from socially and economically disadvantaged families. The young people are trained and take part in a number of activities, and with the support of Stellit, they develop and implement a number of interactive peer-to-peer activities aimed at preventing risky behaviour among their peers. These activities include games, theatre performances, dance group flash mobs and exhibitions. During the webinar detailed information about the movement and its achievements will be presented; ethical challenges that arose from supporting the Youth Volunteer Movement will be covered and reflections and recommendations on how to involve young people at risk into peer-to-peer prevention activities will be shared.

About the presenters

Ms Marina Kutsak is a psychologist and project manager at the Regional NGO Stellit and is the founder and the leader of the Youth Volunteer Movement "Do You Know the Way? Do it Your Own Way...". She has coordinated and successfully implemented around 30 projects aimed at: preventing risky behaviour among young people; combating commercial sexual exploitation of children; and empowering young people who have been placed in specialised institutions. Dr Olga Kolpakova is head of the Prevention Programs Department at the Regional NGO Stellit. She has implemented more than 50 projects aimed at: preventing risky behaviour among young people; combating commercial sexual exploitation of children; and empowering young people. She is responsible for raising funds to maintain and develop the Youth Volunteer Movement "Do You Know the Way? Do it Your Own Way..." To register for this webinar and receive joining instructions please email Samantha Wilson at samantha.wilson@beds.ac.uk