Ukrainian Social Academy is a non-profit organization which aims at formation of future leaders and social entrepreneurs in Ukraine.
Responding to the widely perceived gap between higher education and the employment marketplace, Ukrainian Social Academy is preparing a new generation of ethical, self-aware leaders tackling the world’s toughest problems.
This formation is to be based in the Christian social tradition and develop an intercultural and international understanding among those who receive it. Without quality formation of our youth we can not make a significant contribution to society.
We strive to build capacity within the social sector by preparing tomorrow’s social service leaders, promoting the capacity of existing social service agencies to respond to current and future social issues, and building the evidence-base for social innovation.
Through the years, the Ukrainian Social Academy has grown to accommodate its mission of preparing a break-through generation of entrepreneurial and innovative youth with a commitment to the values of human dignity, freedom, solidarity – a value-driven force that creates new social and economic value, creates new jobs and serves as a role model to other youth.
The mission of the Ukrainian Social Academy is to develop professionals who create social impact by creating new models of education and training that enable people to develop new practical skills and experiences for their professional toolkit, a personal understanding of their own leadership journey, and the global networks necessary for long-term career success. All this while simultaneously reducing the high cost of a world-class global education.
As a result, we build much-needed talent and capacity in organizations addressing social problems, thus enabling more effective operations across the entire social sector.
Our most profound problems cross political, religious, and ideological boundaries, requiring not just interdisciplinary thought but also interlocking experiences to understand them. The Ukrainian Social Academy promotes dialogue on applications of Christian Social Thought to build bridges across political, religious, and ideological lines, and encourage a new generation of Christian leaders to see their faith as assets in pursuing the common good.
And in this world of accelerating problems, the most important thing to do is to help more people become problem-solvers. We envision our community seeing themselves as global changemakers – able to operate flexibly and freely wherever they are called to go, living and working in ways that transcend boundaries.
By not aiming to become a university, we retain the ability to stay innovative with regard to our education model, as well as be closely aligned with the needs of employers. This is because what employers value in incoming employees isn’t provided adequately by universities, and vice-versa, what universities do well isn’t valued highly by employers. Therefore, we have a market failure in higher education. Though universities face a rising demand to provide more opportunities for experiential learning professional development, their orientation towards academic results means that they cannot supply what employers care most about.
By partnering extensively with universities, we hope to support their transition towards the type of education that both their students and employers desire.
Our financial model is similar to most educational institutions. We are a nonprofit organization because we aim to keep the price of our programs as low as possible, without sacrificing its world-class quality. We match the resulting shortfall by conducting executive programs for universities, foundations, NGOs, and companies. (This in turn extends our impact to larger groups of people.) We are a financially sustainable social enterprise; the vast majority of our operating expenses are covered through program fees and earned income. All donations and grants go 100% to supporting leaders of social change.