Vitaly Parfenov

  • Submitted by: Giovanni
  • Description: Vitaly had worked as a track fitter on the railway in Gomel district of Belarus for many years. He liked repairing cars, and in his spare time, he repaired the cars of his friends. As part of an EU4Youth project, he took a training course on the basics of entrepreneurship and together with a mentor, he soon prepared a business plan for a car-repair garage, which was awarded with a start-up subsidy from the state. Not only he started his own business, but also created jobs for three people and joined the Red Cross as a volunteer to help others in need.

The EU4Youth Award winners were selected among the beneficiaries of the five EU-funded EU4Youth projects, which have been supporting youth in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine during 2018-2020. These are 15 outstanding young people who have been selected to receive the EU4Youth Awards, out of a total of 18,000 beneficiaries since the EU4Youth programme was launched in 2018. More information about all EU-funded initiatives for youth in the Eastern Partnership region is available here:

The special awards will be provided by EY, which implements EU4Youth Coordination and Support project. The EU4Youth programme’s purpose is aligned with EY’s commitment to support the next generation workforce and to positively impact the lives of one billion people by 2030. Through EY Ripples , EY people use their skills to help young people and underserved groups to succeed by conveying knowledge related to entrepreneurship, adaptability,  financial literacy and other 21st-century skills. Discover more.

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