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Ukrainian youth development: music and creativity, a route to youth betterment

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In north-eastern Ukraine, the collapse of the Soviet Union has caused a heavy economic depression. This has forced workers to migrate abroad, leaving young children and teenagers back home. Without adult supervision and influence, these young people are left without direction. Open to negative influences such as alcohol and drugs, they are at a higher risk for getting HIV/AIDS. In Kivsharivka, Ukraine, a US Peace Corps volunteer named Aaron Brantly has established a programme called the Kivsharivka Youth and Community Activity Organization (KYCAO) The KYCAO uses music and creative development to give students a connection to their community and to each other. As a community music outreach programme its intention is to provide some hope for the future.

Keywords: Peace Corps; Ukraine; after-school; migration; partnerships; youth development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: US Peace Corps.

Publication date: August 24, 2007

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