What does Innovation Lab offer?

Innovation lab is a creative space at the Centers for Additional Education (CAE) and Youth Centers for building skills for 21st century among youth, engaging them in social innovation and developing youth social entrepreneurship.
The Lab’s methods are non-formal and non-traditional, which use interaction and human centered design techniques to instill in youth transferable skills, entrepreneurship and digital literacy.
As the Lab’s flagship initiative, UPSHIFT combines some of the leading approaches to youth and adolescents development, social innovation and entrepreneurship, to empower marginalized youth and adolescents to become social innovators and entrepreneurs. UPSHIFT and its methods are being practiced models in 22 countries worldwide.

Mobilization

and introductory training

Training on problem identification and community needs assessment

Application review

and selection phase

The Innovation Review Committee selects the applications that best fulfill the criteria

Training

Pre-workshop training on stakeholder mapping and user research

Workshop

Implementation of the intensive four-day workshop

Mentoring

and monitoring

A period of three-month-long mentoring and monitoring of teams during project implementation

Certification

ceremony

A certification ceremony for the successful implementation of social impact projects

Our Values
By youth for youth
By youth for youth
Young people’s ideas and creativity are the cornerstone of this process. We want youth to develop solutions for youth, as those who understand best the youth concerns.
We are all equal
We are all equal
UPSHIFT Challenge welcomes all adolescents and young people regardless of background, ethnicity, disability. We are for equal and inclusive team!
We all work together
We all work together
There is no automatic entry for specific young people or groups into the Challenge. There is a transparent application process.
A learning approach
A learning approach
We propose real-time learning in everything we do, in the same way that we seek to embed this mindset in supporting young people to develop their ideas and projects.
We can do it!
We can do it!
Things won’t always go as planned - this is a learning opportunity; not a failure. We see no limits to the potential of young people.
News
UPSHIFT cycles so far…
1167

ADOLESCENTS APPLIED

320

Team applications

51

Teams participated

164

Upshift participants

28

Teams became finalists

Generation Unlimited

Innovation Lab is launching a global initiative “Generation Unlimited” UPSHIFT Contest  in Tajikistan!

Generation Unlimited is a global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030.

We are building a new and dynamic model: co-creating innovative solutions; brokering support, mentoring and funding; placing young people at the forefront of change.

Learn more

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Apply for UPSHIFT Co-creation contest!

Applying to this call, You will get to:

  • Solve social challenges that improve the community you live in
  • Learn how to develop your ideas and implement your projects
  • Mentoring to further develop your global idea / project
  • Win seed funding for your project

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Young people aged 15 to 24, from all over Tajikistan
  • Motivated young people who come together in a team of 3 to 5 people
  • Teams that want to develop solutions to one (1) of the challenges below:
    1. How can we expand access to knowledge and skills for: a) young people with disabilities; b) young people from remote mountainous regions?
    2. How we can prepare better young people in Tajikistan for contemporary needs of the job market?

* All expenses during this workshop are covered by UNICEF Innovations Lab Tajikistan.

Join us!

How to apply:

Create a team of 3 – 5 members and complete the application form here.

For assistance during the application process, please contact us at: peshsaf@navovar.tj or  +992 93 999 8920.

The deadline for application is November 10, 2018.

The Information Meeting will be held:

06 November 2018 – Dushanbe – Youth Center in Dushanbe (Hippodrome “NAVRUZGOH”) – at 14:00 pm.

Online application forms

Tajik version
Form

Russian version
Form

Offline application forms

Tajik version
Document

Russian version
Document

Applications shall be submitted at: peshsaf@navovar.tj

FAQ about Co-creation Contest

What is Generation Unlimited?

Generation Unlimited – is a dynamic partnership that draws on the expertise of young people, representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to inspire urgent investment in education, skills training, and empowerment for the rapidly growing global population of adolescents and young people (10-24) – which will reach 2 billion by 2030.

In countries where the working-age population grows larger than the dependent population, there is a potential for a demographic dividend, and when the population is constructively employed, overall productivity rises, standards of living improve and investment in human capital increases.

With more than 200 million young people of lower- and upper-secondary school age currently missing out on school, instead of contributing to equitable progress, young people – especially the most disadvantaged – could face futures of compounding deprivation and poverty, unless urgent action is taken.

Generation Unlimited – which forms part of the United Nations’ Youth 2030 Strategy – will complement and build on existing programmes that support adolescents and young people.

What is the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge?

The Challenge – which will take place this year in 16 countries worldwide, will be calling for applications from young people to create solutions that will support the three key pillars of Generation Unlimited: secondary-age education; skills for learning, employability and decent work; and empowerment, with a focus on girls.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a design workshop in [city] in [month]. Following the workshops, the five most promising ideas will be selected and awarded up to USD 1,000 in funding and provided with mentoring and implementation support.

In spring 2019, the most promising projects in each country will be submitted to a global judging process, which will identify five projects[MN1] , which could have greatest impact for young people. These projects will receive a further USD 20,000 investment, along with a tailored mentorship programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.

What is the focus of the Youth Challenge in Tajikistan?

How can we expand access to remote learning for young people with disabilities who

have limited opportunities due to lack of accessible infrastructure around them, lack of

accessible learning materials and stigma around their disability.

Who is eligible to apply?

Young people who…

  • Are aged 14-24 (on September 24th 2018)
  • Are starting to work on a new idea or project. For example, for this particular challenge young people cannot apply if:
    • They have already received funding to develop the idea
    • They are already a registered company or community organization
  • Can commit to attending:
    • The pre-bootcamp training session (COs to add dates)
    • The bootcamp (COs to add dates)
    • If selected for local seed funding and mentorship, can commit to implementing their idea, which could last until February / March 2019
    • If selected for global seed funding, could commit to ongoing implementation
  • We welcome diversity!

We welcome teams that are gender equal and include diversity of all kinds of identity – gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability

How can young people apply for the workshop?

Young people who wish to apply are encouraged to form teams and submit an application.

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop will be conducted between 20 November- 1 December 2018 in the Adolescents and youth Innovation Labs in Dushanbe

What does the Youth Challenge look like / What is the structure of the bootcamp?

The main content of the Youth Challenge is centered around a 3 day bootcamp which will include the phases of understanding the problem, designing the solution, building and testing, making it real, and pitching the idea. The bootcamp is dynamic, interactive, and immersive whereby a lot of teamwork, and collaboration is expected.

How will young people get to the workshop?

The Young people are encouraged to come to the workshop location if they live in the city. Those who are from the districts and towns of the country will be informed additionally on the logistic arrangements.

Will the workshop be accessible for young people with disabilities?

Yes, UNICEF is non- discriminating organization and always tries to put accessibility as the requirement while choosing the location for any events.

Will food and drink be supplied?

UNICEF in Tajikistan will be covering the administrative and logistics arrangement for the workshop. The arrangements will include 3 time meal and soft drinks and water.

What language(s) will be used in the Youth Challenge?

The workshops will be conducted in local language, which are Tajik and Russian.

What kind of skills are participants expected to gain from the Youth Challenge?

A broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, important and applicable in academic subject areas, and in educational, career, and civic settings. These skills include problem solving, analytical thinking, creative thinking, research skills, communication and leadership skills, perseverance, civic awareness etc.

Who teaches in the bootcamp?

The trainers and facilitators are responsible for taking young participants through a process in which they can build on their strengths, develop relationships, navigate successes and failures and develop technical skills. In short, trainers and facilitators will play a key role in the bootcamp, particularly in the support towards personal and professional development of young participants.

Do participants get certificates of completion/participation?

Yes, the certificates will be awarded to the participants of UPSHIFT training.

Will accommodation be provided?

UNICEF will cover the cost of accommodation for those participants coming from districts and towns of the country.

How will the teams be selected for the bootcamp?

Young people who wish to apply are encouraged to form teams and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed by a panel including [x y z]. We will firstly check whether all of the information is there and, if not, follow up with the team. We will then consider a number of different areas:
• Does the application clearly state a problem that, if solved, would help to advance the priorities of Generation Unlimited (around education, skills, training, employment and empowerment)
• Does this problem disproportionately affect marginalized or disadvantaged youth? (e.g. gender, disability)
• Is there a lack of existing solutions to address this problem?
• Is the team motivated to solve this problem?
• Can the team commit to the bootcamp and subsequent implementation?
• Does the team come from a disadvantaged background?

What kind of support can teams expect after attending the bootcamp?

Seed funding, library of technology, access to working spaces, Mentorship, networking, liaison with institutions/accelerators/incubators

How will teams be selected to receive seed funding?

To add more information once judging process documentation is completed

What can teams spend their seed funding on?

Money can only be spent on items to implement their project and that teams will need to report back on how they have used the seed funding and what impact their project is having for other young people.

How will teams be selected to receive global seed funding?

To add more information once judging process documentation is completed

What are the values of the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge?

  • By youth for youth:
    • Young people’s ideas and creativity are the cornerstone of this Challenge
    • Adults play a facilitating and empowering role within the Challenge  – through their communication style, during the bootcamp and subsequent mentorship; they should not seek to influence or steer the ideas and project
    • Where possible, youth are engaged as facilitators and mentors, as well as Challenge participants
  • We are all equal:
    • We welcome teams that are gender equal and include diversity of all kinds of identity – gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability
    • By design, we will actively engage participants from marginalised communities and create inclusive and accessible environment for all
  • We are all working together:
    • There is no automatic entry for specific young people or groups into the Challenge. There is a transparent application process.
  • A learning approach:
    • We will embed real-time learning in everything we do to implement the contest, in the same way that we seek to embed this mindset in supporting young people to develop their ideas and projects
  • We can do it!
    • Things won’t always go as planned – this is a learning opportunity; not a failure
    • We see no limits to the potential of young people

Who can we contact for more information?

For assistance during the application process, please contact us at: dushanbe@unicef.org or at: +992 446000190