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The Gyumri Youth Initiative Center NGO, jointly with the United Nations Population Fund Armenia (UNFPA) celebrated International Youth Day with great enthusiasm this year too. August 12 became a holiday due to a range of events under the title “Gyumri- city of young people 2017” among which were the following: Youth (non) Conference that took place (venue - Gyumri Technology Centre) / Youth Camp, Flash Mob Dance (venue: Theatrical Square) and public concert with participation of band “Armine Qocharyan and Friends” (venue: Theatrical Square), the end of the events was marked by the release of 150 kites (Dream Light) to the sky. Furthermore, ahead the events dedicat...


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25 September 2017, Yerevan the EU small grant scheme contracts signing ceremony took place and during which The European Union funded Strong Civil Society Organisations for Stronger Armenia project has awarded small grants for 17 new projects for Armenian CSOs․ We are glad to inform that one of the projects awarded with small grant was “Open youth work: Empowering young people in Gyumri” presented by Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre and Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia Foundation. Open Youth Centre will be founded in Gyumri in the framework of the project. More information will be provided soon        See more...


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On September 18, a Youth Forum took place in Yerevan and the Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre was present in the event. The aim of the forum was to contribute to the development of 2018-2022 Armenian National Youth Policy ensuring stakeholder participation in the process. The main part of the forum was held in 5 separate thematic groups. One of them, ''Youth work and lifelong learning'' group was fasilized by YIC Board Chairperson Anna Yeghoyan and YIC NGO Presedent Artur Najaryan. Beside, YIC Mobility Projects Cordinator Valya Martirosyan presented Erasmus+ Youth. Info Centre Armenia in the "International Youth Cooperation, Intercultural Dialogue and Youth Movement" ...


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On July 4, 2017 Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre NGO and Hrant Dink Foundation announced the launch of the programme ''Beyond Borders 2017-2019'': Turkey-Armenia Dialogue Programmes, Travel Grant and Fellowship Scheme, funded by UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. A press conference took place during which The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Judith Farnworth delivered opening remarks. The organizers and guests of the event spoke about Armenia-Turkey cooperation, highlighting the mutual ties between two countries in different fields: science, culture, art, youth and volunteerism, journalism, education, business, etc...


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On June 30, Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre hosted the leaders of IMPACT non-formal youth clubs of World Vision Armenia International Charitable Organization in Tavush Marz, who were on a study visit to YIC. During the meeting the activities of both organizations were presented and some of the volunteers from YIC shared their experiences and told about the way they passed with the organization.          See more...


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On June 17, 2017 the farewell event for Christian Kensmark (Denmark) took place, who used to do volunteering in Gyumri within the framework of European Voluntary Service (EVS) program. Christian has been volunteering for ten months at Gyumri Youth Initiative Center by organizing different projects like the "Friday Café" and English teaching at Lord Byron School No. 20. During the event, EVS Coordinator Mariam Gharagyozyan awarded the volunteer with a Certificate of Appreciation and YouthPass for his work. In turn, Christian shared his impressions of Armenia and experience gained over the past ten months.              ...


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Օn May 27, a day long non-formal ''Green training'' on environmental education took place in YIC NGO . The training was run by Cansu Yetisgin within the framework of Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, implemented by Hrant Dink Foundation. Throughout the training, participants went out to discover the environment we live in, learnt about an ecosystem work and fundametal systems, discussed the ethics and morals and learn about the threats Earth is facing.            See more...


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From 14 to 25th of May  informative meetings took place in Shirak regional state college, Shirak State University and in National Polytechnic University Gyumri Branch. Meetings were organized by Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre (YIC) with the participation of the students and faculty. At the beginning of the meeting the president of the organization Artur Najaryan, PR manager Lilit Sargsyan and the Project Managers Mariam Gharagyozyan and Valya Martirosyan presented the mission of the organization, the main directions and types of activities, as well as local and international opportunities that the organization provides to young people for their educational, cultural, per...


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On May 12 information fair was held at Gyumri Theater Square dedicated to the Europe Day which was attended by the Mayor of Gyumri Samvel Balasanyan and EU Ambassador Piotr Switalski. Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre also participated in the fair with its interesting pavilion and quiz informing about EU program "Erasmus +" .        See more...


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On May 6, YIC General Assembly held the first meeting of 2017. During the meeting the semi-annual report on the activities of the management and controlling bodies (president, international board, controller) of the organization as well as upcoming local and international projects were presented. During the meeting also the awarding ceremony of handing membership cards to YIC new members took place, which was followed by the fun time program.              See more...