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The official issue of Newsletter of EYP-UA November 2011


EYParents Columnist Lyubov Dvoretskaya


ello again, my dear EYPers! I hope that since our last issue you didn’t waste time and appreciated your parents’ involvement in your EYP life. And I, in turn, took the time to research more on it and provide you with more true-to-life stories about our fabulous, extraordinary, loving and caring EYParents. Last issue we admired the way Lyudmila since”. And her mother confirmed:”It was minding me of my other responsibilities in Ivanovna, THE mother of Nata Tarasevich, 2006, as far as I remember. I read an article life, such as my studies and supporting my helped to make the 1st Chernihiv Regional at, and emailed it to my daughter family, but at the same time she has allowed me to enjoy EYP Session of EYP-Ukraine as great as it was. with a hint «just in case it will be of any interest to you...» fully during the Should I say that we So now we know for sure that parents are They make a great team, don’t were shocked to discover most active years head-organiser’s best friends. And this time they? So on behalf of EYPigeon, of my EYP career we’ll make sure that parents can actually be that some of the topics I decided to explore a bit more - 2008 through the ones to lead you into the magical world discussed at the EYP of parent perspective of EYP life 2010 - when I of EYP. sessions was the possibility to managed to atLet me introduce to you Uliana Danilei- and ask Uliana Danileiko some questions. (And I just couldn’t legalise prostitution? Having tend over 8 sesko, the mother of Nastia Ianovitskaya. but add some of Nastia’s com- my kid talk about the politics sions each year. Nastia is very experienced and active EYPigeon: makes me feel so-o-o old - as EYPer, well-known in Europe for being a ments) Were you inmama of a grown-up!» wonderful Chairperson, Editress and the EYPigeon: Has your life volved in EYP life session President. Who would have thought since the beginthat we owe the pleasure of having Nastia as changed since Nastia became one of the most active EY- ning of Nastya’s EYP life, or joined later? a member of EYP-UA to her Pers in Ukraine? If yes, Uliana: I wish I could say that I was inmother? But it’s true! After a I feel like a kid, then how? volved from the very beginning. In reality, quick chat with both Nastia as I never know Uliana: Yes, my life Nastia took it totally independently. and her mother I understood what presents and has changed greatly EYPigeon: What was your first impresthey are real EYP family to the since then. We’ve met sion about EYP after Nastya came back from souvenirs Nastia core. many new people her first session? It was Nastia’s mom who will bring from her through the EYP and Uliana: Cool place for smart kids. That’s first found out about EYP, trips.» hosted several visiwhat I tell everyone about the EYP. As the even before Nastia herself did. tors. Nastia shares her years go by I have more arguments to prove When I asked them both how excitement about the EYP life with us, and my opinion. and when they found got to know about EYPigeon: What is the hardest part of beEYP, Nastia told me: “The fact that EYP allows us to learn new things. In addition to fridge magnets from different places and ing EYParent? has become a major part of my life is largely Uliana: May I mention the financial side thanks to my mom’s active involvement. I EYP leaflets all over the house, Nastia actually creates monthly/ of it? We consider it being a great investowe her not only my life, but annual travel itinerary ment into our kid’s future. On another also that wonderful experiIt was 2006, as - so we stop repeating note, it’s hard to see your kid growing up so ence of EYP, since it was prefar as I remember. questions like «Where quickly. Should I say that we were shocked cisely my mother who found I read an article are you going this to discover that some of the topics disthe application form to EYP at, time?». I feel like a kid, cussed at the EYP sessions was the possibiland encouraged me to apply. as I never know what ity to legalise prostitution? Having my kid At the beginning I was hesi- and emailed it to my presents and souvenirs talk about the politics makes me feel so-o-o tating «Mom, come on! This daughter with a hint organisation is way too seri- «just in case it will be of Nastia will bring from old - as mama of a grown-up! her trips. We learned Nastia: I need to emphasise that my ous! It’s the European Youth any interest to you...» about new games and mother’s financial support has been quite Parliament! I doubt I have any the «awkward turtle»*. significant. Each month when we were chances of getting in...» and Nastia: My mother planning monthly expenses and our fammy mother replied «Give it a try, dear. You won’t loose anything if you just apply». And has been able to cope with my EYP addic- ily budget she would always ask «Honey, so I did. I have been in love with EYP ever tion pretty well. Occasionally she was re- please, tell me how many sessions you will

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attend next month, so that I know whether or not I can buy myself a new dress». It may sound a bit sad and unfair, but like any mother she has always put the interest of her child first. Even more overwhelming was her moral support. EYPigeon: Do you usually check out photos, videos and reports from sessions Nastya’ has been to on FB? Uliana: Yes, we do. After each session Nastia calls a family meeting where she shows us all the photos and tells us all the stories, which allows us to live through the EYP session - creating the «presence effect». Once I was actually able to watch the live stream session - while at work. And my kid said hello to me over the internet!!! Nastia: She was always so genuinely happy for me whenever I was selected to a session. And after I returned she would eagerly listen to all my stories. She is really happy that I have this opportunity in my life, and while I didn’t have a job to support my own travels, she was happy to provide that support for me and I really appreciate it. MY MOM IS GREAT! :))) EYPigeon: If you had the chance to give one peace of advice to all Ukrainian EYPers out there, what would it be? Uliana: It really helps to plan, to prioritise and to create budgets. We agreed to make annual budgets to prioritise our travel expenses, and it works. P.S. As I read out my answers to this interview to Nastia, Nastia’s «awkward turtle» was crawling all over the place. She says the «awkward turtle» started to multiply... :) And that was one more story of a great EYParent.



eciphering “HR” some may erroneously think that it stands for “Hadonic Ration”, “hall reverb”, “hair rinse”, “hair roller” or even “hair root”. However, the vast majority would definitely say that it is, of course, “Human Resources”! Usually HR is defined in big companies as a term used to describe the individuals who make up the workforce of an organisation. Taking a quick look into the history we can find out that it was coined as late as the 1960s. The origins of the function arose in organisations that introduced ‘welfare management’ practices and also in those that adopted the principles of ‘scientific management’. From these terms emerged a largely administrative management activity, coordinating a range of worker related processes and becoming known, in time, as the ‘personnel function’. Human resources progressively became the more usual name for this function, in the first instance in the United States as well as multinational or international corporations, reflecting the adoption of a more quantitative as well as strategic approach to workforce so-called coordination, demanded by corporate management to gain a competitive advantage, utilizing limited skilled and highly skilled workers. In simple words HR is a department that takes care of everything connected with people in an organisation/ company, so as to create generally friendly and efficient atmosphere among its members/staff. Do you know how many EYPers are there among the young Ukrainians? Hopes so, and in case not there are some people that possess this information – they are the Human Resources Department! You may not notice us but we d o exist. Who are “we”? HR Department consists of the following agents: A1 – Artem Gumeniuk; O2 - Olga Popoych; A3 – Anna Lachyhina; O4 – Oleg

Plakhtiy, and the current narrator – agent K1 – Kristina Chelmakina. However, some agents are currently working abroad (Mr. O4) on a special mission of HR Department and helping out the fellow National Committee - EYP Poland. Others (Ms. O2 and Ms. A1) work as double agents and are involved in two fields – HR and PR. Agent A1 devotes his time fully recruiting new people to EYP-Ukraine. There is this one thing that ties the incredible 5 together - sincere love to people. Though love is not our only activity. Human resources department performs the following functions: - Recruiting new members to EYP-Ukraine: reviewing the applications, conducting interviews with newcomers, subscribing new members to the mailing group; - Keeping track and updating the database of all the EYPers in Ukraine; - Congratulating leadership members on the birthdays; - Organising General Assemblies of EYPUkraine in cooperation with other departments and holding developing training for the members; - Organising events to attract newcomers for the activities to of EYP; - Holding socializing events for the members; We want to do things with you and for you, thus personal contact has a special value within our department. It never is too later to join HR and implement personal ideas, so feel free to drop a line to and receive your immediate “Welcome”. Our agents already are working on the task of warmest welcome for YOU! We can’t wait to meet you personally at the next EYP event ;)

Next time I promise to offer you even more info on how our parents contribute to our crazy, fun, challenging and overall amazing EYP life. Remember, OUR EYParents deserve to be famous! “awkward turtle” - a motion performed by stacking one’s hands on top of one another, extending the thumbs and rotating the thumbs slowly. Performed after a friend has said/done something awkward, either to ease the tension or further humiliate the friend.

Department is speakingAuthor

Kristina Chelmakina, Head of HR Department


EYP abroad Author Lyubov Dvoretskaya

Author Yegor Vlasenko



reetings from your EYP-abroad guide! Our too short, but, oh, so eventful summer has finished, but here comes not less eventful autumn. I’m sure, this beautiful and a bit gloomy time of the year makes you think of good old granny Europe, with its fairy-tale streets and gothic cathedrals. But I think it will be much better for our physical and mental health to go a little southeast from Kyiv, all over to the Black Sea and across, to get the warmest welcome from EYP Georgia. So, our second stop is Georgia, the country of traditions, wine, hospitality and democracy. And, believe me, as I’m saying from my own experience, it all applies as well to their National Committee. Let’s get acquainted – EYP Georgia. Location: Georgia, Tbilisi. With regional representatives in Batumi, Gori and Zugdidi. Year of founding: 2007 President: Mariam Chikhladze Wherever and whenewer you go to a session in Georgia, it can be considered as your personal holiday. And most certainly not because of the lack of seriousness of the session, but because of the Georgian attitude towards guests. I bet you didn’t know the meaning of the word “hospitality” before went to Georgia.

When going to the sessions of EYP-Georgia, always remember to take with you the following: - Good mood; - Photo camera (it’s so beautiful in Georgia that you’ll try to take picture of everything around you); - Swimmong-suite (just in case); - Phone numbers of at least two organizers and one official (one more time, just in case); - A bottle of water (you don’t have to bring it from Ukraine, just remember not to drink tap water, for the last last time - just in case))) - Ukrainian passport and everything else that makes you Ukrainian (keep in mind that in Georgia being Ukrainian is an advantage); Somehow, Georgian EYP manages to combine the officiality and lightheartedness of the sessions which gives you the perfect opportunity to fully enjoy your EYP experience and the country you are in. The “officialty” part goes from the fact that most of their sessions are usually supported on the level of national authorities (don’t forget to be polite when greeting Georgian minister of something at the opening ceremony!), and “lightheartedness” part goes from the depth of Georgian soul. Actually it’s easy to notice the similarities of our National Committees. Besides the obvious resemblance of organizational structure and session year plans, both our NCs have very considerate and caring attitude to our international guests, good balance between work and fun of EYP and mutual love for Supra (though our Supra is a person, and no one else but our beloved vice-president on PR, but she is just as much of a celebration as Georgian Supra is). There are also two more very special features of EYP-Georgia: - Every time you go home after their session, you always want to come back to Georgia; - Friendship that you’ll find there will remain with you for your whole life. Of course, to form your own opinion of National Committee of every EYP-country you should go there yourself. But I promise that Georgia will not be the country to disappoint you. I assure you, Europe is bigger than it seems but a lot closer to us than you may think, and EYP-Georgia is a live example.



hose who have been to Georgia know that this country has its own, special spirit which can be found in everything – in land, in wine, and in its incredible people. Traditions and values here are not on paper – they live in the hearts of Georgians, making these people generous friends and high-class hosts. Nothing can describe this better than traditional Georgian celebration, the supra. Its strict order of toasts and ceremonies don’t make the feast boring and official – on the contrary, these traditions create the atmosphere of warm unity and great fun. To experience supra, tourists often attend special ceremonies held in the traditional Georgian restaurants. However, there is another way, much more true and soulful – just befriend a Georgian! (Be yourself and this will happen much sooner than you expect). What to expect from the feast itself? 1) Tons of delicious Georgian food and oceans of wine and chacha (be aware, it can be twice as strong as vodka); 2) Lots of people, including friends, relatives, neighbors and so on:) 3) Tamada, a toastmaster of the party and its most respected person. Tamada leads the supra, and all his orders are obligatory. A true tamada can drink liters of wine without getting drunk at all. 4) Lots of toasts on all possible topics! But be prepared to drink to God, Georgia, friendship, and beautiful ladies – these toasts are a must at every supra. 5) Lots of singing and dancing – Georgian party is for sure not only about table talks! Everyone is free to invite for a dance any partner without any distinction as to age, status or type of relationship. Dance in Georgia means fun and friendship. Even being the only non-Georgian at the party, don’t be shy or timid – you are a guest here, not a stranger. Speak from your heart, drink till the end – and you’ll have a time of your life! And remember, if you haven’t experienced supra – you haven’t seen a real Georgia.


EYP abroad Author Lyubov Dvoretskaya

Author Yegor Vlasenko

1) How long have you been involved into EYP? 2) Among the EYP sessions attended , which one was the coolest? Why? 3) What are your first associations with “EYP-Ukraine”? 4) What makes a real Georgian? (5 features/skills/characters) 5) Imagine that you have to say a toast to EYP-UA on behalf of the whole EYP Georgia . You’re holding a glass of red wine and saying...


Giorgi Samkharadze

1.Since 2008 (the year when Georgia officially became the member of EYP Community) 2.Hard to pick one out of around 20 amazing sessions, but as for the “coolest” one I’ll go for “Khmelnitsky 1st RS’09” which totally exceeded my expectations, especially the crazy Farewell Party, which later became legendary (check 9264.60906.641024264&type=3& fb_source=message) 3.Beautiful ladies and wonderful Community. 4.I don’t want keep to stereotypes, but still I’ll try to pick the 5 features: - Should be able to dance/sing Georgian;

- Should be able to supply friends with sufficient amount of drinks (mostly wine) and be able to lead the table as a toastmaster; - Should be able to host friends at home coming from all over the world and provide tours around Georgia; - Should have a clear understanding of “derivative financial instruments” and hedge accounting (Wait a second, that’s not true, I guess...); - Should be in love with Ukraine! 5. Honestly speaking, I’ve personally seen how the tireless efforts from the organisation’s leadership have turned into a success story, which is now called EYP-Ukraine. I know how efficiently Board members worked to achieve all this. I won’t go into the details, but what I’ll wish you is to maintain the enthusiastic about what you’re doing, guys, don’t give up growing, advancing and improving, keep turning your success into the organisation’s success and vice versa. What I am expecting is that Ukrainian people should be proud of EYP-Ukraine for “producing” so many successful people for their country by lighting the “sparkles” on the right time.

Ruslan Tsulukidze

Privit Ukraino! 1) For 3 years; 2) Batumi International Forum 2009. Why? Because of real EYP spirit and enthusiasm! 3) Ukrainian EYPers are the future of Ukraine; creative and hardworking team; patriot youth; 4) a) Hospitable, b) Patriot, c) cheerful, d) friendly, e) reliable; 5) .... My dear EYP-Ukraine! I have an honour to say a toast to EYP-UA on behalf of the EYP-Georgia. We really appreciate your kind attitude to our country. We are happy that we have a chance to share our ideas, to see our common values, and to have friendly relationship. The representatives of EYP-UA are more than welcome to Georgia:)

Akaki Kukhaleishvili

1) I have been involved in EYP for 4 years. 2) First Batumi International Forum, as it was an extraordinary session spent in different, sometimes extreme conditions. 3) Best Friends, very sociable, active, spontaneous and enthusiastic. 4) Georgian traditions, dancing, singing, drinking WINE(!), hospitality plus strong motivation for country development and a good mood. 5) To our UA friends, wishing EYP UA to become one of the most successful and important youth organizations, creating a strong platform for UA’s European democratic future. And wishing its members a lot of energy, ideas and creativity for building new and prosperous country.


Nino Sioridze

Nu vsoo, k delu... 1) since 2008 2) 1-st Batumi International Forum, ‘cause there I had the time of my life in EYP 3) cheerful, interesting, friendly atmosphere 4) Georgian is a man of principle; quick-witted; proud; debauchee (a person who likes to spend time with partying with friends); talkative; 5)I think that toast in English isn’t that sonorous but I’ll try: .... my dear friends I would like to say a toast for our “long-term” friendship, that has started long time ago, exists today and will be invariable for ever an ever...

Salome Tsimakuridze

1) It’s approximately 2 years; EYP is a part of my life. 2) To my mind, the coolest EYP session was the 5th Istanbul International Forum. It was fabulously organised, with high academical level and amazing venues, city tours, parties, accommodation, etc. 3) My first associations which are connected with EYP-Ukraine are: well-organised, friendly and unique people who try to do their best to create awesome sessions in Ukraine. 4) 1. Georgians particularly love being the hosts 2. incredibly friendly 3. traditional 4. reliable 5. have sense of humour. These are the key points which make a Georgian. 5) I’m holding a glass of red wine (kidding) and saying: wish EYP-UA fantastic and productive work with genius youth from all over the world!! Wish EYP-UA continue its successful participation in building more democratic, safe and peaceful Europe of tomorrow!!! :*

Tornike Zurabashvili

1) I have been involved in EYP for almost 3 years. 2) I guess the best session I attended was Stockholm International Session. This was on the one hand my first international session as a delegate and it made me double-excited and one the other, the atmosphere of that particular session was beyond the normal quality of EYP international sessions. Plus, I got to talk at length at the General Assembly and then debated with other delegates, who were equally (if not more) experienced than me in those topics. For a person as motivated as I, participation in Stockholm IS turned out to be very challenging and intriguing time. 3) My first and last association with EYP-Ukraine is and will be Dmytro Honcharenko. 4) Plurality of ideas and features is what really makes a Georgian nation but these are some most common features that the majority of Georgians possess. 1. Freedom-loving 2. Creative 3. Energetic 4. Sociable/friendly 5. Devoted. 5) I wish you a lot of enthusiasm and success in all of your future endeavors. May you continue giving young Ukrainians the golden sessions and moments, you have been gifted in the past. Your success as EYP-Ukraine will always be met happily here in Georgia.

Kevin Austin (Kakhi Sanikidze) 1) I have been involved in EYP since October 2010, so pretty much for one year. 2) I think the coolest session for me was Georgian National Selection in May; I liked it because I was an Editor and I had an amazing team. 3) I have never been to Ukraine myself but I know some Ukrainian EYPers and I can say only positive. They are my lovely friends. 4) That’s hard to answer what makes a real Geor-

gian because everyone understands it in a different way. I think a real Georgian is patriot, orthodox Christian, very hospitable, good at dancing or singing, and probably loves wine too much, hehe. 5) I’d like to raise this toast to EYP-UA, to my amazing Ukrainian friends who made me fall in love with their country without ever being there. I’d like to wish them a lot of success and as good new generation as their old members are.


FACE CONTROL Columnist Oksana Korchak

1) When did you meet each other for the 1st time? MILA: It’s actually hard to recall when I met Katia for the first time because it seems that I know her for the whole life. But answering the question, we met for the first time in Dubin in 2007 at the Dubin International Session. And she didn’t like me. KATYA: Dublin IS, 2007 2) Describe her in 3 words. MILA: creative, smart, special KATYA: ginger, crazy, lovely 3) What are the things you like most about her? M: she is a reliable and trustworthy friend. She is also very knowledgeable and wise. I can always ask for advise and be sure that it will be helpful. And we share fun. We find the same things funny and we get each other’s irony. And she is extremely stylish. K: she doesn’t look like me 4) What are the things you don’t like about her? M:she is tough to people. including herself K: that we are different 5) Her favourite drink M: sambuka. sometimes she drinks becherovka. sometimes she goes for bloody mary. K: spirits 6) If she once found herself in a desert island, what are the thingsshe couldn’t live without?

M: b e aut i f u l things K:flip-flops 7) Gesture/phrase most frequently repeated by her M: popustis’. bugagashen’ka.and she’s got a very special facial expression when she starts laughing. She curls her lips and makes very funny eyes. I just love at such moments. K: don’t know 8) What is the most important thing in her life? M: harmony with herself is very important for her K: friends


EYP-Ukraine’s pathway


What: Balkan International Forum of EYP-Romania Where: Riviera, Romania When: 28 June -2 July 2011 Who: Oleksandra Gipsh (Chairperson)

Columnist Nata Tarasevich



What: The 68th International Session Where: Zagreb, Croatia When: 30 September – 9 October 2011 Who: DmytroHoncharenko (Chairperson); RoksolanaPidlasa, Anna Lachykhina, VitaliiOvsiiuk, EvheniiMan’ko, AndriiGyrych (delegates)

SPAIN What: Iberian International Forum of EYP-Spain Where: Girona, Spain When: 4-11 August 2011 Who: Maria Shcherbak (delegate)

What: The 11th National Selection of EYP-Poland Where: Warsaw, Poland When: 7-11 September 2011 Who: Oksana Korchak (Chairperson)

NORWAY What: The 9th National Session of EYP-Norway Where: Trondheim, Norway When: 14-16 September 2011 Who: UchennaEgbete (Chairperson)

Saw dust


President - Kateryna Vynogradova Ashton Kutcher - an American actor, producer, fashion model.

“Interesting similiraty with Ashton Kutcher..Relatives?..”


ave you ever compared yourself to any celebrity? Now I mean only outward resemblance. Do your friends compare your friends compare you to a rockstar, famous actor or politician? I consider such an activity as trying to find celebrity to whom you resemble very boring. However, a lot of people find this pursuit quite funny. Surfing in the internet, I found that such kind of “having fun” is really popular. There are a lot of articles and forums about celebrity similarities. Moreover, I found few web-sites specially designated to find celebrity similarities. All you need is to upload your photo and wait for a minute… Done! You see a photo of someone famous and a wording below: “You look like Lauri Ylonen (frontman of the rock band The Rasmus). Similarity 87%”.. as it was in my case. Of course, sure that I’m a pretty girl, I hoped to see: at first - female! as a wish - some attractive photomodel or actress. But the result was unexpected and quite interesting... Later I really found some similar features. You can see this example here:

Board Member on Human Resources - Kristina Chelmakina Renee Zellweger – an American actress and producer (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “Chicago”, etc)

“Did anybody tell you that you look like an actress?”

Member of PR department Olena Grygorieva, Lauri Ylonen - the frontman of the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus. “Ania, have you ever met the vampires?”

“Should I try such «raven» hair style?)” Board Member on International Activities - Nataliia Tarasevych Hayden Panettiere – an American actress and singer. More known as the bride of Wladimir Klitschko). “You may deceive our Ukrainian boxer!”

Vice-President on Public Relations Anna Suprunenko Kristen Stewart – an American actress (Bella Swan in “The Twilight Saga”, etc)

11 Member of PR department - Oksana Korchak Nastya Kamenskih Ukrainian singer. “Let’s think about career of singer”

Member of PR department Lyubov Dvoretskaya Tina Kandelaki - a Russian journalist, TV presenter and producer. “I’m sure that you’ll look great as TV presenter!”

Secretary - Oleksandra Gipsh Emma Uotson – an English actress (Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter”)

“Enough conceal! Where is your magic wand?)”

Member of PR, HR department - Anna Lachykhina Kate Holmes - an American actress (“Batman Begins”, “Broadway”, etc)

“Ania, your smile surely can be described as Hollywood smile!”

Member of PR, HR department - Roksolana Podlasaya Sarah Jessica Parker - an American actress and producer (“Sex and the City”, etc)

If you want to find a celebrity, who looks like you, or just to see some interesting and funny look-alikes, there are few link for you: PS: Comparing yourself to somebody famous, don’t take it too serious. Outward resemblance means nothing. What makes you unique is your inner world. Remember that you are individuality with your won ambitious, character, style, beliefs and thoughts. The more natu.ral you look - the more interesting person you are/

“This girl is really charismatic one.”

Columnist Olena Grygorieva


Autumn issue of EYPigeon , official newsletter of EYP-UA, October 2011

Editing and layout design: Zhenia Melekhovets Columnists and authors: Ania Suprunenko Olena Grygorieva Oksana Korchak Nata Tarasevich Yegor Vlasenko Lyubov Dvoretskaya Kristina Chelmakina People who contributed to Autumn EYPigeon: Uliana Katia Vynogradova Mila Pestun Giorgi Samkharadze Ruslan Tsulukidze Akaki Kukhaleishvili Nino Sioridze Salome Tsimakuridze Tornike Zurabashvili Kevin Austin

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