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Organized by ITMO together with Rosmolodezh and the Presidential Grants Foundation as part of the social projects development program 'People Need You!', the National Forum ‘From Volunteering to Social Engineering’ was recently held at ITMO University. The event’s mission is to introduce young people to the opportunities that exist in the field of volunteering, as well as showcase the best charity projects of 2018. The forum’s activities include practical assignments, workshops, business games, etc.; the participants had a chance to talk to the authors of successful social projects and get some advice on how to launch such initiatives and overcome the challenges they may face. In this article, we summed up the best volunteering projects presented by the forum’s participants.
ITMO University has recently hosted the third schoolchildren’s contest of social projects “People Need You!”. During the contest students learned how to develop social projects and promote their ideas in social media. As a result, many projects were implemented, some of them in the field of IT. The winners told ITMO.NEWS about their ideas.
Last week, the “People Need You!” social project contest developed by ITMO University’s Student Volunteer Center won the Presidential Grant Contest. The project has been conducted for five years already; “People Need You!” is a countrywide full-cycle educational program: the participating teams go all the way from a concept for a social project to its implementation, from finding partners to seeing the first results. As part of the program’s practical and educational modules, participants gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in implementing socially significant programs and contribute to the level of social assistance in their region. Andrei Zlenko, Director of ITMO’s Center for Social Design and Entrepreneurship, speaks about the project’s history, and what awaits its participants in the future.
This year, ITMO University was the organizer of the federal People Need You! contest. For the first time in the project's history, the semi-finals were conducted as a summer camp in the Yagodnoye. The camp’s participants presented 90 projects in six categories to an expert jury. The event was conducted with support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Gazprom Neft Company.
Schoolchildren’s contest of social projects “People Need You!” was held for the second time in St. Petersburg, organized by ITMO University. For three months the children acquired skills in management, PR-communication, networking and partner scouting and other abilities that are necessary to successfully complete a project. This year the students turned their attention to the issues of ecology, information security, children’s street safety and addressed the issue of cultural and historical education of youth.