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The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!

The first-ever online game Youth@Work, which gives young people the chance to get involved in the development of their community, was launched in the Republic of Moldova.

Aimed at addressing unemployment among young people, the game involves youth, employers, and decision-makers in the Republic of Moldova who will debate issues related to unemployment, and together identify the most applicable solutions.

We’ve seen how gaming can play a role in civic engagement, especially here in Moldova.

So we partnered up with the Engagement Lab from Emerson College, and the National Youth Council of Moldova, to jointly figure out a gaming platform that would encourage young Moldovans to propose solutions to the problems they face.

>> Read more about the steps we took with our partners to “define the mission”

The idea to develop this game came as a result of hearing people’s concerns about the lack of jobs available expressed during the national consultations for a post-2015 world. The content of the game came directly from public consultations with over 200 young people held throughout the country.

The game is now available in Romanian, Russian and English. It’s a unique space for learning and debating about unemployment, identifying community problems, as well as finding potential solutions for reducing social barriers in Moldova.

Players will not only be able to discuss the challenges but also come up with project ideas. The best two or three community-based initiatives proposed will each receive financial support to implement their project.

The game is built around three missions:

  • Mission 1: April 7 – April 14
  • Mission 2: April 14 – April 21
  • Mission 3: April 21 – April 28

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now, and get ready to plan your community!