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  On February 22-23, mentors’ training of UNICEF “UPSHIFT Armenia” adolescent development and empowerment prօgramme took place. During the training, 5 mentors of the programme had an opportunity to get acquainted with the styles and key competencies of the mentor, the features of work with adolescents, the steps to develop youth initiatives, and also they identify important methods for supporting and directing adolescents, which will help them to become skilled mentors. It should be noted that from March to August selected mentors will support groups of adolescents formed within the “UPSHIFT Armenia” adolescent development and empowerment prօgramme to ...


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On February 23, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski visited Gyumri "Youth Initiative Centre" NGO. During the visit the Ambassador got acquainted with YIC staff and activities of the organization, as well as the implemented and on-going projects. Later, the Ambassador visited “Youth House” Open Youth Centre, which is the first centre working with the methodology of open youth work in Armenia. During the visit, the Ambassador got acquainted with the activities of the centre, its projects, the daily work carried out with the young people, as well as the youngsters of the centre had an opportunity to ask their questions to the Ambassado...


Hosting organization: Asociatia Nationala de Dezvoltare Continua a Tineretului din Romania “ANDCTR” NGO When:  February 2019 - August 2019 Where:  Craiova, Romania Aim: To raise children's interest in education by applying innovative mechanisms and actions during lessons. Volunteer Name:  Gor Khachatryan, Syuzanna Margaryan Volunteer's Tasks: To organize good manners interactive workshops in local community (in partnership with High School “Stefan Odobleja”), to promote local and international volunteering opportunities among young people in Dolj, to organize different events, write articles and make promotional videos about their volunteering experiences....


TITLE: ESC to Reality: QualiCaucasus PLACE: Rustavi, Georgia DATES: March 11-18, 2019 THE PROJECT AIMS: to increase the quality level of volunteering projects under European Solidarity Corps implemented with partners from Caucasus region by developing competences of the persons directly involved in support system of volunteers. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: ESC coordinators, mentors, supervisors and people who are directly involved in volunteering support system. Participants should be 18 and above.   PARTICIPATION FEE: 20 EUR There is no participation fee for YIC members and for participants nominated from institutions with agreement to YIC. &nbs...


NAME: “Do your EVS in Poland” PLACE: Klodzko, Poland DURATION: April-August, 2019 HOSTING ORGANIZATION: “Klodzko Educational Association” SENDING ORGANIZATION: Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” (YIC) NGO AIM: To develop local youths’ cultural sensitivity, tolerance, to introduce history, customs, traditions and problems of Europeans, as well as to increase self-esteem and improve language skills of youngsters. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The program is for 18-30 years old, responsible, active and communicative young people with a conversational level of English. TO APPLY you need to send your CV and a motivation letter in English to evs....


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TITLE: Water and us PLACE: Nowy Sącz, Poland DATES: March 9-16, 2019 MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT to understand the importance of water and our role in the protection of the environment to do workshops on water hazards and ways to counteract them to make a documentary film about the problems of water environment to provide opportunity for young people to experience intercultural learning WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Participants should be 17-20 years old young people who are eager to expand their knowledge on natural environment and water protection, as well as to have an intercultural experience.   PARTICIPATION FEE: 20 EUR The...


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On February 1st, Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO and “Spitak Helsinki Group” NGO signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the framework of “UPSHIFT ARMENIA” adolescent development and empowerment project. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the parties will support each other during the activities of the project in two schools in Spitak. The document was signed by Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO president Artur Najaryan and “Spitak Helsinki Group” NGO president Ashkhen Babayan. *"UPSHIFT Armenia" Adolescents Empowerment programme is implemented in cooperation with UNICEF Armenia. ...


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On Junuary 30, 2019 the farewell event for Bert Tsapov (Estonia) took place.  Bert has been volunteering for nine months at Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO organizing different projects like the “Friday’s Café”, Improvisation Club at Youth House, International Youth Day, making monthly videos “Through the eyes of EVS”, etc.During the event, EVS Coordinator Mariam Gharagyozyan awarded the volunteer with a Certificate of Appreciation and YouthPass for his work.       ...