Natalia Sakovets

  • Submitted by: Giovanni
  • Description: After maternity leave, Natalia could no longer return to her job at the bank due to the inflexible working hours and decided to enrol in an EU4Youth entrepreneurship course. Her business plan materialised as “THE INTELLECTUM” Academy in Borisov, Belarus, where more than 100 children are studying programming, robotics and English today. Not only has Natalia's business allowed her to raise her own children and support development of children in her community, but also created jobs for the teachers. In the future, she plans to add online classes, career guidance courses and summer camps, as well as offering free education for children with developmental disabilities.

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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