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When. September 18, 2011 Description. Western Peak of Aragats, 4080 m. This peak was harder to conquer, as it was higher and the way up was more difficult. This time the hiking group consisted of 56 people, but 30 of them were able to get to the top. We walked about 30 km and reached up to 4080 m altitude. The participants were impressed by the view opening for them. See more ...


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When. January 16 – 17, 2011 Description. The project was implemented by a YIC member Valya Martirosyan with the support of “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO, IREX Armenia and Armenian Caritas for the disabled children of the “Aregak” day care center. The main objective of doing this project was to create a more natural environment, which would assist in the children’s development, since their main source of learning is senses. The project was also to gather together the children, their parents and the staff of this center, and local and international volunteers. By working together in the yard to seed some lawn and painting on the walls of the yard made the...


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When. September 21, 2010 Description. Southern Peak of Aragats, 3879 m. The initiative of hiking belonged to YIC member Geteon Simonyan. With 34 young people we went up the hill which was the first challenging height for all of us. The most stunning was the view from the top of the mountain from where one could see the three other peaks and the graters of the mountain. The day was not selected randomly. It was on the Independence Day of Armenia. On the top we attracted the other hiking groups and danced the traditional kochari. See more   ...


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When. July 26, 2010 Description. “What can YOU do to make Gyumri young people’s life more interesting?” On July 26, 2010 YIC NGO organized the first flash-mob in Gyumri called “What can YOU do to make Gyumri young people’s life more interesting?” The flash-mob was organized in Gyumri theatre square. The aim of the flash-mob was to gather active young people in Gyumri and to outline together the list of the activities the implementation of which can make young people’s life more interesting. Later on, the ideas that are related to the mission of “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO will be included in the annual action plan of the NGO. Besides, the ...


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When. October 28, 2010 Description. On October 28, 2010 Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Pascal organized Halloween party in YIC office. One of the mediatory requirements of attending the event was to represent a character that would fit the theme of the event. There were many games, surprises, dances and snacks arranged. The event was open only for the members of YIC NGO.  ...


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When. December 12, 2009 Description. Acting as a non-formal group since December 2008, “Youth Initiative Centre” was registered as a non-governmental organization on September 22, 2009. Along with five founder members of the organization, new employees were recruited and the organization acquired an office. To celebrate all these and to inform the public about the organization, the opening event was organized at the YIC office on December 12. During the event the founder members introduced the background of the organization, the goals and activities set; photos of the projects implemented while being a non-formal group were presented; games were organize...


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When. December 2010 – March 2011 Aim. To focus the attention of the local Armenian population on the country’s poverty and poverty reduction from the perspective of foreigners- particularly those of EVS volunteers hosted in Armenia. It was further aimed at underlining the local impact of EVS projects and promoting the involvement of Armenian youth in EVS. Description.  The photos were displayed through a touring photo exhibition throughout several cities, including Gyumri, Yerevan, Vanadzor, Stepanavan, Dilijan, and Goris (approximately a week-long stop in each city). The touring photo exhibition “Poverty Through the Eyes of EVS”...


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When. August 2011 - February 2012 Aim. To promote the voluntary work locally and internationally and to raise its recognition among the local community. Description. The group of ten young people were selected based on their application forms and had professional media workshop at the local Tsayg TV Station and later on prepared and broadcasted 10 reports on the following topics:the civic activism of youth, including the opportunities and challenges;the essence of volunteering, and volunteering as a mechanism for promoting youth participation;the perception of volunteering in the local community and youth in particular;the socio-cultural and legal...


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When. June - August, 2010 Aim. To promote volunteering as a means for citizens to participate in development, and to promote the use of media as an innovative means of public expression. Description.  The project challenged Armenian individuals and organizations to get inspired and show what they can do to give each other a hand for the future of the nation. The way we saw these issues addressed was through an online video contest focusing on youth volunteerism and entitled “Volunteerism in Videos.”The competition aimed to award one amateur video about volunteerism made by a young person or featuring youth in action. It also aimed to ackn...


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When. May19 – June 01, 2009 Aim. Contribute to the intercultural dialogue and to disseminate the concept of multiculturalism in the regions of Armenia: Gyumri and Vanadzor in particular by means of introducing the German modern art to the Armenian society. Description.  The project was implemented within the “German Weeks in Armenia”.During the 14 days of the project hosted the German artist Harald Schluttig, author of documentary films, and a photojournalist expressed his interest and desire to organize an exhibition in Gyumri where he would get the chance to present the photos taken in Kabul, Afghanistan.The opening and the exhibition itse...