SKYE 2018. Syrian-Armenian and Local Youth Capacity Development Club – Admissions

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO invites Syrian-Armenian and local young people aged 18 to 30 to join the organization’s SKYE club. For the past year, SKYE has been gathering Syrian-Armenian and local youths together to develop and improve their skills and knowledge. After about a year of activity, we are glad to announce the launch of a new SKYE 2018 club.
SKYE is a youth club which involves 25 Syrian-Armenian and local youth. Selected young people have the opportunity to participate in seminars, trainings, and capacity building seminars once a week.
The main direction of SKYE 2018 is the development of entrepreneurial skills of Syrian-Armenian and local youth.

Club members will be able to:

  • Participate in workshops and social entrepreneurship trainings,
  • Get ​​business trainings and, if possible, get funding for the best business ideas;
  • Internship in “Armenian Progressive Youth” NGO allowing to implement practically the achieved knowledge and skills,
  • Become a member of the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO network and participate in local and international youth programs offered by the organization,
  • Get ​​acquainted with new people, make new friends and get more actively involved in social and youth programs.
  • Syrian-Armenian participants can get assistance in job placement.

The weekly meetings and the trainings last 2 hours. The trainings will be conducted by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO’s coordinators and trainers.
The goal of the project is to contribute to the integration of displaced and conflict-affected youth and their peers into Armenia, as well as to provide professional support to their livelihood through professional orientation, trainings, practical work and employment opportunities.

You can apply if:

  • You are a Syrian Armenian or a local person aged 18-30
  • You want to develop your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge
  • You are ready to give 2 hours once a week to club meetings

How To Apply:

Complete the following application until December 10:


  • Application deadline is December 20, 2017.
  • The results are expected to be published on 25 December.
  • The launch of the project is scheduled for January 10, 2018.

Participation in the program is free of charge.
If you have any questions, you can contact Anna Tovmasyan by writing an e-mail to [email protected] or by calling (010) 539204.
You can visit our office at 39 Koghbatsi or write to our Facebook page for details.
The project is implemented by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO and World Vision Armenia funded by the Bureau of  Population, Refugees and Migration of the US Department of State.

Managing Diversity: 500 young people reached through 19 local projects

After several months of hard work, series of trainings and local ground work, we have concluded our “Managing Diversity” project – a long term training course working with youth workers, youth trainers and educators. “Managing Diversity” involved 26 youth workers and educators from 13 different countries to develop their diversity management skills and support in learning how to implement a culture of diversity in their working environments.
Following the Introductory Training in the Netherlands this August, participants have implemented 19 community projects back to their countries during September and, finally, traveled to Armenia in the end of October to present the impact of their projects and their learning achievements.
Following the successful implementation of small projects, the project results were evaluated and presented to public during a Closing Event. The public event was attended by young people, representatives of NGO’s and international organizations, media and partners.
Nelly Paytyan, the Project Coordinator from Armenian Progressive Youth NGO believes that “Managing Diversity” is a good tool to counter widespread stereotypes in our societies: “Promoting diversity matters and will matter until young people in our societies face discrimination, ignorance and life burdens based on their nationality, ethnic, cultural and religious background, social status, as well as their gender identity and sexual orientation. I believe, everyone who joined this project agrees that embracing diversity, inclusiveness, sensitivity, equity and solidarity in our daily lives and work with young people matter nowadays more than ever”.
Karine Grigoryan, a trainee from Armenia, took part in all three activities of the project. Following the training in the Netherlands, she organized professional orientation activity for young people with disabilities. Karine says: “My desire of implementing this activity was based on my belief, that no matter the type of the disability, people can discover the satisfaction that often comes from realizing and using their strongest abilities and skills”.
Through her project Karine targeted young people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. As she mentions, “the activity helped the participants to understand what kind of personality and qualifications they have, what they are good at, what they enjoy and what are the possible occupations they may have in the future”. Karines project helped the participants to improve their job searching and employability skills. In particular they learned how to write CV, learned about some job searching websites which they can occasionally browse and look for a job that fits their skills and abilities”.
Martijn Bergsma, the Project Coordinator from the Netherlands shared some information about how the partners and participants were chosen: “In the beginning we made an open call looking for partners who would be interested to join this project. After selecting the partners and approval of the project, we have also announced an open call for participants to make sure the project is inclusive and open for everyone involving those people who really need it”.

Fabio Di Benedetto, our participant from Italy have decided to work with young emigrants back to his hometown in Sicily. Fabio organized an Intercultural day that involved 8 local youngsters and 8 unaccompanied foreign minors. There are about 15.000 unaccompanied foreign minors in Italy, one third of them living in Sicily. They come mostly from African countries and due to very weak integration policies of the Italian government, they don’t have interactions with the local youngsters.
Fabio describes his experience with an excitement: “For the first time youngsters had a chance to talk to each other and get to know each other. They had various backgrounds but during the event they have found out that they are not so different”.

Another participant from Romania, Maria Carbunaru implemented an improvisational theatre in Romania involving Roma children. Maria says: “The Theater included Roma kids from poor families and orphanages. They spent a day by doing improvisational theater. In the end of the day they were happy and it made me feel good”.
Neel Klappe, one of the trainers from the Netherlands, thinks that it’s great that the project had concluded in Armenia. “It really makes project more powerful and impactful. I realized how you can do great things when you have a motivation. Through local projects we have realized what we can change and how many people we can reach. This makes me proud”, she says.
Rodrigo from Portugal says that the whole experience gained during the project can simply be put in one word – “memorable”. Rodrigo organized a small surfing event with children with disabilities. Currently, he is trying to design a bigger project. The idea is to have a training course on personal development and social inclusion of children with disabilities.
National minorities were not left out of attention as well. Carlos, from Portugal, has worked with representatives of different nationalities living in Portugal, organizing a joint football tournament. “I think I offer a space for the ethnic minorities to gain confidence and break some communication barriers helping them in their professional lives”, he says.
A journalist from Moldova, Tudor Arnaut joined Valentina Botnaru from Moldova to work on a documentary movie promoting the rights of LGBTQI people. The documentary focused on the lives of LGBTQI people in Moldova and has been screened for the first time during the Closing Event in Armenia.
Tudor says that during the preparation of the movie he got more information about LGBTQI people in Moldova and became more open-minded. “I had good feedback and now we want to continue with my partner, Valentina Botnaru, doing more beautiful documentaries. “Managing Diversity” was an eye-opening experience and now we are more self-confident to move forward with our ideas”, he says.

“Managing Diversity” was organized by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO (Armenia) and Jongeren voor Uitwisseling en Begrip (The Netherlands). The project was granted by the Dutch National Agency under the Erasmus Programme of the European Union.


By Nelli Petrosyan

“ToT Let’ Play a Game” Favara, Italy 11-20/09/2017

Lets Play a game!

On the 11th of August, representatives from Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Russia, as well as Italians, gathered at Tre Torri Hotel, not far from Favara, Italy to find out what is a simulation game, share their experience, and improve their leadership skills.

The training course “ToT Let’ Play a Game” was held as part of Erasmus+ projects. The program was led by Daniela Alexeiciuc and consisted of various activities. Young activists and local leaders from all over Europe participated in diverse exercises focused on simulation games.

Enacting fictitious scenarios, such as discussing a development plan of a city, or composing a survival strategy in a galaxy falling apart, the participants broadened their vision of contemporary society in its complexity, got to know the difficulties of creating a social balance and maintaining control of a situation, and developed their social communication skills. They practiced in managing public discussions, resolvingconflicts, and finding compromises. Such skills are of critical importance in the challenging situation that Europe and the whole world are facing now. As a final contribution, the participants exercised in developing their own simulation games.

Free Minds in Action, the Italian hosting NGO that organized the project, and its head Issam Regragui Soussi, warmly welcomed all the participants in Italy, and secured an impressive cultural program of the event that included a visit to the Valle dei Templi, Scala dei Turchi, and sights in Favara, as well the famous Farm Cultural Park.

It was a creative and a challenge week and thanks organizers be it we got the opportunity to broaden  our horizons  for new experiences.

Կարեւոր է յուրաքանչյուրը. Հայաստանի գյուղական համայնքների երիտասարդների զորացման ծրագիր

Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն ՀԿ-ի նախաձեռնությամբ արդեն առավել քան 6 ամիս է, ինչ իրականացվում է «Կարեւոր է յուրաքանչյուրը. Հայաստանի գյուղական համայնքների երիտասարդների զորացման ծրագիր»-ը։ Ծրագիրը խթանում է ՀՀ մարզերի գյուղական եւ քաղաքային համայնքներում բնակվող 16-25 տարեկան երիտասարդների կարողությունների զարգացումը, ինչպես նաեւ բարձրացնում է աշխատաշուկայում, ֆորմալ եւ ոչ ֆորմալ կրթական ծրագրերում եւ հանրային կյանքում նրանց մասնակցության եւ ներգրավվածության հնարավորությունները։
Ծրագրի նպատակն է՝ Հայաստանի մարզերի գյուղական եւ քաղաքային համայնքներում բնակվող երիտասարդների զորացումն ու նրանց կարողությունների զարգացումը: Դասընթացների, տեղեկատվական հանդիպումների եւ քննարկումների միջոցով ծրագիրը խթանում է մասնակիցների անձնային եւ մասնագիտական զարգացումը՝ ծանոթացնելով նրանց ավելի ներգրավված եւ ակտիվ քաղաքացիներ դառնալու հնարավորություններին եւ խրախուսելով նրանց ակտիվ մասնակցությունը համայնքի կյանքին:

Ծրագրի խթանեց համայնքային կյանքում երիտասարդների քաղաքացիական մասնակցության եւ ներգրավվածության մակարդակի բարձրացումը եւ արդյունավետ մասնակցության համար անհրաժեշտ կարողությունների զարգացումը: Ծրագրի շրջանակներում երիտասարդների եւ երիտասարդական ոլորտի մասնագետների հետ հարցման արդյունքում մշակված, փաստերի եւ կարիքի վրա հիմնված՝ դասընթացներ իրականացվեցին ՀՀ գյուղական եւ մարզերի քաղաքային համայնքներում:
Ծրագրի արդյունքում աճեց գյուղական եւ մարզերի քաղաքային համայնքների, ինչպես նաեւ սակավ հնարավորությունների ունեցող երիտասարդության ներգրավվածությունը եւ մշակվեց ներառականության խթանմանն ուղղված առաջարկությունների փաթեթի:

Սեպտեմբերի 29-ին Երեւանում կայացավ «Կարեւոր է յուրաքանչյուրը» Հայաստանի գյուղական համայնքների երիտասարդների զորացման ծրագրի շրջանակում կազմակերպվող Միջազգային Երիտասարդական Ֆորումը
Ֆորումը նպատակ էր հետապնդում ամփոփել ծրագրի գործունեությունը, եւ ծրագրի ընթացքում իրականացված երիտասարդերի հարցումը, երիտասարդական աշխատողների հետ քննարկումների արդյունքում մշակված մեթոդաբանական ձեռնարկի եւ առաջարկությունների փաթեթը ներկայացվեց ՀՀ երիտասարդական պետական քաղաքականության 2018-2022 թթ. Ռազմավարության մշակմանն ընդառաջ։

Ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն ՀԿ-ի կողմից, Հասարակական նախաձեռնությունների ինստիտուտ (Ուկրաինա) եւ Մոլդովայի առաջխաղացման հիմնադրամ (Մոլդովա) ՀԿ-ների հետ համագործակցությամբ:

Ծրագիրը ֆինանսավորվում է Արեւելյան գործընկերության Քաղաքացիական հասարակության ֆորումի (ԱլԳ ՔՀՖ) վերագրանտավորման նախագծի կողմից: Իր վերագրանտավորման նախագծի միջոցով ԱլԳ ՔՀՖ-ը օժանդակում է ֆորումի անդամ կազմակերպությունների այն ծրագրերը, որոնք տարածաշրջանային հարթությամբ նպաստում են ֆորումի առաքելության եւ նպատակների իրագործմանը: Վերագրանտավորման նախագծի դոնորներն են Եվրոպական միությունը եւ Ժողովրդավարության ազգային հիմնադրամը:

Everybody Counts: Rural Youth Empowerment in Eastern Partnership Countries

Low level of youth participation in rural or deprived urban areas remains one of the key issues across the Eastern Partnership countries. Specifically in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine there is a clear lack of youth participation structures in rural areas. At the same time, young people are not able to join the decision-making processes on youth issues at a local level because of the absence of youth consultative bodies or youth councils in the municipalities.

Recognizing the above mentioned problem, “Everybody Counts: Rural Youth Empowerment in Eastern Partnership Countries” project pursues the aim of fostering the integrationand participation of young people from rural and deprived urban areas through:
– Raising awareness on youth participation opportunities,
– Providing job preparation, digital and mobility trainings,
– Developing opportunities and an ongoing conversation with participants on civic engagement/participation.

Most importantly, the project mainstreams rural youth participation issues into state youth strategies and policies among the stakeholders in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine and encourages the state authorities to put specific efforts in regional and rural youth policy development and implementation.

The project outputs include, but are not limited to the following:
– Empowerment of young people and youth workers through workshops and trainings,
– Summarizing the findings of online research on youth participation and involvement.
– Supporting the development of youth participation structures in rural areas through grass-root work and dialogue with official stakeholders responsible for youth,
– Mainstream youth participation issues into state youth strategies and policies through preparation of a package of recommendations on youth policy,
– Development of a handbook on Inclusion of youth with fewer opportunities.

On December 29th in Yerevan, Armenia an International Youth forum was organized as a part of the effort of mainstreaming youth participation issues. The forum brought together rural youth, the actors from civil society and the state to create and offer to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports the package of recommendations Strategy of the State Youth Policy for 2018-2022.

“The project benefits from the support through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme. Within its Re-granting Scheme, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) supports projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum. The donors of the Re-granting Scheme are the European Union and National Endowment for Democracy. The overall amount for the 2017 call for proposals is 290.000 EUR. Grants are available for CSOs from the Eastern Partnership and EU countries. Key areas of support are democracy and human rights, economic integration, environment and energy, contacts between people, social and labour policies.”