Call for author: “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries”

Application deadline:
April 30, 2019 (23:59 CET)

Description

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO is looking for an author for its Handbook: “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries. This publication is a part of a 2 year project “Everyone Matters! Development of Inclusive and Participatory Youth Work Practices in Eastern Partnership countries”.

The handbook should include a comprehensive assessment of the situation of youth work in Eastern Partnership countries with a focus on marginalized youth, specifically in rural and deprived urban areas of the region. It should include methods, recourses, information and ABC of participation and inclusion in order to support youth workers in their daily work.

The Handbook should also collect and capitalize the experiences and testimonies of project participant organizations and participating youth workers. It should include the working methodologies, new tools and recommendations that were developed during the project “Everyone Matters! Development of Inclusive and Participatory Youth Work Practices in Eastern Partnership countries”.

The publication is intended to:

  • Inform and provide insight on issues and approaches in relation to youth participation and youth inclusion in Eastern Partnership countries
  • Create a methodological source and guidelines for incorporation of inclusive, needs-based and participatory approaches into the activities for the community development;
  • Serve as a recourse for youth trainers and youth workers as well as authorities working with marginalized youth;
  • Highlight the importance of inclusion and youth participation for the development of rural communities in Eastern Partnership countries.
  • Challenge readers in their assumptions and inspire action
  • Contribute to policy by stimulating discussion and recommendations
  • Promote youth participation and inclusion in Eastern Partnership countries

Target Audience: The primary audience will be youth practitioners and other professionals with responsibility for young people’s non-formal learning. A broader audience will include: youth workers, educators, policy influencers and decision-makers, researchers, youth and community workers.

The publication “Everyone Matters! Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries” should have a particular reference to young people in Eastern Partnership countries and include the following main chapters:

1) An overview of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation support approaches across Europe
2) An overview of the actual situation and main challenges of youth in Eastern Partnership countries: some relevant statistics, identification of main items to be explored
3) The state of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries: Some examples of good practices developed from Institutions, NGOs for providing answer to those challenges
4) Glossary of Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation
5) Non Formal Education Methods supporting youth inclusion and youth participation
6) Outreach of Marginalized Youth in Eastern Partnership countries: Tips and Tricks
7) Resistance to inclusion in EaP: discrimination, marginalization, homophobia and inequality
8) Recommendations to Local and National Governments, Private Sector and International Organizations
9) Useful Recourses & Links
10) Bibliography

Format of the Publication: The text should include schemes. The format of this publication will be 100 – 120 pages in A4 format. The author will meet online with APY coordination team in order to define the editorial plan and confirm the timeline.
Language: A Handbook on Youth Inclusion and Youth Participation in the Eastern Partnership countries should be developed in English. The English version will be later translated and published also in Russian language.

Requested trainer profile

Requested Author Profile

We are looking for one author with:

  • Excellent knowledge of topics of Youth Inclusion and Participation
  • Ability to write educational materials in English
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent command of written English
  • Prior experience in writing for publications is an asset

Working conditions

The Author will be paid 1000 EUR net. An Editor will manage final preparation of the publication. In cooperation with the editor, tasks and duties of the selected author include the following:

  • Collection and analysis of tools, testimonies from stakeholders, participants,
  • Drafting sections and chapters of the publication from the material collected
  • Submission of the publication draft for discussion in accordance with an established timetable
  • Editing of the final draft (e.g. making cross references within the publication and to external sources, making the text flow, coherent style and structure throughout the publication)
  • Delivery of final text for layout

Armenian Progressive Youth NGO reserves the right to amend the final text submitted by the author. The author agrees with the publication being freely available online.

Submission guidelines
The selected author should produce and include Practical Case Studies and Analytical think-pieces in the publication.

  • Practical case studies examples between 500-1500 words
  • Analytical think-pieces between 1500-4000 words

Practice examples represent a short contribution describing NGO’s, community or school/youth projects, and engagement of diverse groups in policy processes, advocacy initiative or any other occasion when different tools and approaches were used to engage and empower young people. These can refer to successful initiatives or ones which had limited success but lessons were learned for future development.

Think-pieces are expected to be an in-depth analysis or reflection on a situation, theory or policy. They may be in the form of an academic article, analysis of data or an interview. These contributions can be based on original research or previously published materials, in which case the source should be acknowledged and copyrights researched.

Topics can be addressed through analysis of data, case-studies, impact assessment or critical reflection. The Author will be expected to describe challenges in aspects of youth inclusion and participation in Eastern Partnership countries as well as approaches that have shown a positive impact on young people’s empowerment, inclusion, initiative and participation. The Author can draw upon experience in all forms of youth and young people’s non-formal learning.

TIMEFRAME

The publication is planned for December 2019; therefore the work should start from 10th of May 2019.

·1st draft should be submitted by 1st of August, 2019.
·2nd draft should be submitted by 1st of October, 2019.
·The final draft should be submitted by 1st of November, 2019.
·The final publication should be ready to be published by 10th of December, 2019.

Team composition

The team will be composed of the Author, the Editor and the designers. The content of the Publication should be developed by the autor.

Application & selection procedure

Apply no later than: April 30, 2019 (23:59 CET)
How to apply:

In oreder to apply for this position, interested Authors should send a CV and a short sample of previous written material in English to [email protected] no later than 30th of April 2019. 

The selection will be based on the CV and previous experience of writing similar publications.

The selection will be carried out by Armenian Progressive Youth NGO on 1st of May 2019 and selected Author will be notified within a week after the selection, by 8th of May, 2019.

An online meeting between the author and the editor is foreseen in the beginning of May 2019.

You will be informed about the selection by: May 1, 2019

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For more information

David Amiryan, Executive Assistant
Phone: +37491596235
Email: [email protected]

Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship

AISI Youth Alliance has successfully implemented the Training Course “Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship”. The training reunited 30 youth workers coming from Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Spain and Ukraine. The event took place between 18 of February and 3 of March in Telavi, Georgia.

The main objectives of the training were to develop participants competences for facilitating individual and group learning processes and skills needed to design training programs based on the principles of non-formal education and to create methodologies for workshops that provide youngsters with entrepreneurial competences.

The training was an intense and transformational experience for everyone involved: participants, trainers, organisers.

The training was facilitated by experienced trainers in youth work and experts in the field of entrepreneurship. The main themes approached during the sessions of the training are:  Designing educational programs for youth; Creative problem solving; Business simulation games; Developing non-formal educational methods in the field of youth entrepreneurship; Development of skills for successful interaction and teamwork; Development of skills for effective communication in learning environments; Development of skills to use non-formal learning and interactive teaching methods as tools for training.

During the first part of the training, participants have developed their skills as trainers in the field of non-formal education. The training started by building a common ground on what is non-formal education and the features under which this type of education takes place. Next, participants have discovered group dynamics principles and how the learning experience takes place. Participants had the chance to explore the different learning theories and learning styles.

Furthermore, participants have discovered a variety of non-formal educational methods that can be used when organising learning activities for youth. Each participant practiced their ability to deliver a speech trough a creative session where they had to prepare speeches on a given topic. It was a nice surprise to see the amazing public speaking skills that participants have and the emotions they were able to transmit to the audience. The participants discovered as well how to improve their creative thinking skills and different techniques meant to unleash ideas, as well as techniques used to generate new ideas for businesses.

In the next part, participants have developed their competences in the field of entrepreneurship. They have acquired new knowledge on what it means to be entrepreneur, basic knowledge of finances, business models and other specific knowledge in the area of business and entrepreneurship.

The third part of the training challenged participants to put in practice their new acquired competences and to create non-formal education methods that aim to provide entrepreneurial competences to youngsters. In the next months, participants will be trainers at local level in their countries and they will deliver workshops for young people based on the methods they created.

During the training, participants also met with the representatives of Telavi and Kvareli municipalities from Kakheti region of Georgia. During the official meeting, participants asked questions to the officials to find out what are the plans of the local authorities to support entrepreneurship at local level.  Participants shared the situation concerning youth entrepreneurship in their communities and shared the common challenge present in their communities: the brain drain. The current project aims to brings solutions to this problem on a long term by enhancing young people entrepreneurial potential and enabling them with the skills needed to develop a business that uses the local potential.

Apart from the educational part of the training related to the topic, the participants discovered Georgia and its culture. Participants learned how to cook “Khincali” and “Churchkhela” two of the most known Georgian traditional foods and sweets. They also attended a “Supra” – Georgian traditional dinner where they tasted amazing foods and felt the local spirit and hospitality. Participants created new friendships among them and enjoyed a good atmosphere.

Day by day participants have changed and improved themselves as trainers and as persons. At the end of the two weeks everyone there was a better person, with new ideas and inspiration to continue improving at personal and professional level. The power of non-formal education and on this type of trainings lays in the holistic transformational experience offered.

The training course “Tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship” is one of the main activities of the KA2 project “Young Entrepreneurs for Community growth” coordinated by AISI Youth Alliance and implemented in partnership with youth organisations from five other countries: Poruch from Ukraine, Cilento Youth Union from Italy, Creatorii from Moldova, ADEFIS Juventud International from Spain and Armenian Progressive Youth from Armenia.

Young Entrepreneurs for Community Growth represents a Capacity Building in the Field of Youth project, Eastern Partnership Youth Window projects co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

Զբաղվածության դպրոց | Ընդունվում են մասնակցության հայտեր

Զբաղվածության դպրոցի նպատակն է Երևանում և հարակից քաղաքային ու գյուղական համայնքներում բնակվող Սիրիահայերին և տեղաբնակ անձանց տրամադրել հմտությունների և կարողությունների զարգացման հնարավորություններ:
Դպրոցը խմբային դասընթացների, քննարկումների, գործնական վարժությունների, ինչպես նաև դասընթացավարի կողմից անհատական խորհրդատվության միջոցով խթանում է մասնակիցների անձնային և մասնագիտական զարգացումը՝ խրախուսելով նրանց ակտիվ ներգրավվածությունը աշխատաշուկայում:

Դպրոցն իրականացվելու է Երևանում: Մարզերից եկող մասնակիցների ճանապարհածախսը կփոխհատուցվի:

Ծրագրի նպատակներն են՝
    • Նպաստել ծրագրի մասնակիցների կարողությունների զարգացմանը ոչ-ֆորմալ կրթական դասընթացների միջոցով։
    • Ծանոթացնել մասնակիցներին Հայաստանի աշխատաշուկայի առանձնահատկություններին, գործատուների հիմնական պահանջներին` դրանով իսկ նպաստելով նրանց մրցունակության բարձրացմանն աշխատաշուկայում:

Ծրագրին կարող եք դիմել, եթե՝
    • 18 տարեկանից բարձր եք (տարիքային առավելագույն շեմ չկա),
    • ներկայումս փնտրում եք աշխատանք
    • կարող եք 5 ամսվա ընթացքում շաբաթական 3 անգամ մասնակցել դասընթացներին,
    • հետաքրքրված եք անձնական և մասնագիտական հմտությունների զարգացմամբ:

Դիմումների վերջնաժամկետ՝ 30.04.2019

Վայր՝ քաղաք Երևան
Ժամկետներ՝ մայիս – սեպտեմբեր 2019
Հաճախականություն՝ շաբաթական 3 հանդիպում
Հանդիպման տևողությունը՝ 3 ժամ

     

    Թեմաներ՝
      • թիմային աշխատանք,
      • ինքնակենսագրականի (CV) կազմում,
      • աշխատանքի հարցազրույց,
      • աշխատանքային օրենսգիրք,
      • ժամանակի կառավարում,
      • կազմակերպչական և կառավարչական հմտություններ:

    Դպրոցին մասնակցելով՝ դուք կզարգացնեք աշխատանք գտնելու ձեր հմտություններն ու հնարավորությունները:
    Դպրոցն ավարտելով՝ կստանաք մասնակցության վկայական:
    Դպրոցին կարող եք դիմել` լրացնելով հայտադիմումը հետևյալ հղմամբ՝ https://bit.ly/2uPJuIX։

    Ծրագրի նկարագիր

    «Փնտրի՛ր գործ, գտի՛ր գործ» զբաղվածության դպրոցը տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի աշխատանքային հմտությունների զարգացմանն ու աշխատաշուկայում վերջիններիս մրցունակության բարձրացմանը նպատակաուղղված հնգամսյա ծրագիր է: Ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն ՀԿ -ի կողմից, Action Against Hunger միջազգային մարդասիրական կազմակերպության հետ համագործակցությամբ, ԳՄՀԸ (GIZ) -ի աջակցությամբ իրականացվող «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագրի շրջանակներում:

    Ֆինանսավորում

    «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Գերմանիայի միջազգային համագործակցության ընկերության (GIZ) կողմից՝ Գերմանիայի Դաշնային Հանրապետության տնտեսական համագործակցության և զարգացման նախարարության (BMZ) պատվիրակմամբ:

     

    ԴԻՄԵԼ

    Ձեռնարկատիրության դպրոց | Ընդունվում են մասնակցության հայտեր

    Ձեռնարկատիրության դպրոցի նպատակն է Երևանում և հարակից քաղաքային ու գյուղական համայնքներում բնակվող Սիրիահայերին և տեղաբնակ անձանց տրամադրել հմտությունների և կարողությունների զարգացման հնարավորություններ:
    Դպրոցը խմբային դասընթացների, քննարկումների, գործնական վարժությունների, ինչպես նաև դասընթացավարի կողմից անհատական խորհրդատվության միջոցով խթանում է մասնակիցների անձնային և մասնագիտական զարգացումը՝ խրախուսելով նրանց ակտիվ ներգրավվածությունը ձեռնարկատիրական ոլորտում:

    Դպրոցն իրականացվելու է Երևանում: Մարզերից եկող մասնակիցների ճանապարհածախսը կփոխհատուցվի:

    Ծրագրի նպատակներն են՝
    • Նպաստել ծրագրի մասնակիցների կարողությունների զարգացմանը ոչ-ֆորմալ կրթական դասընթացների միջոցով։
    • Ծանոթացնել մասնակիցներին Հայաստանի ձեռնարկատիրական ոլորտի և դրան վերաբերող օրենսդրության առանձնահատկություններին՝ դրանով իսկ նպաստելով նրանց ձեռնարկատիրական ներուժի զարգացմանը, նրանց կողմից ձեռնարկությունների ստեղծմանն ու աճին:

    Ծրագրին կարող եք դիմել, եթե՝
    • 18 տարեկանից բարձր եք (տարիքային առավելագույն շեմ չկա),
    • ներկայումս փնտրում եք աշխատանք
    • կարող եք 5 ամսվա ընթացքում շաբաթական 3 անգամ մասնակցել դասընթացներին,
    • հետաքրքրված եք անձնական և մասնագիտական հմտությունների զարգացմամբ:
    • ցանկանում եք աշխատել սեփական բիզնես գաղափարի զարգացման շուրջ:

    Դիմումների վերջնաժամկետ՝ 30.04.2019
      Վայր՝ քաղաք Երևան
      Ժամկետներ՝ մայիս – սեպտեմբեր 2019
      Հաճախականություն՝ շաբաթական 3 հանդիպում
      Հանդիպման տևողությունը՝ 3 ժամ

    Թեմաներ՝
    • թիմային աշխատանք,
    • ինքնակենսագրականի (CV) կազմում,
    • շուկայի վերլուծություն,
    • ժամանակի կառավարում,
    • նորարարական գաղափարների հղացում,
    • բիզնես պլանի մշակում,
    • մարքեթինգ ձեռնարկությունների համար,
    • ֆինանսական պլանի կազմում:

    Ծրագրին լիարժեք մասնակցություն ցուցաբերած և լավագույն բիզնես գաղափարներ ներկայացրած մասնակիցները կստանան մինչև 550.000 ՀՀ դրամի սահմաններում դրամաշնորհ սեփական բիզնես գաղափարն իրականացնելու համար:

    Դպրոցին մասնակցելով՝ դուք կզարգացնեք ձեր ձեռնարկատիրական հմտություններն ու հնարավորությունները:
    Դպրոցն ավարտելով՝ կստանաք մասնակցության վկայական:
    Դպրոցին կարող եք դիմել` լրացնելով հայտադիմումը հետևյալ հղմամբ՝ https://bit.ly/2TWn1Ut։

    Ծրագրի նկարագիր

    «Փնտրի՛ր գործ, ստեղծի՛ր գործ» ձեռնարկատիրական դպրոցը տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի աշխատանքային ձեռնարկատիրական ներուժի զարգացմանը նպատակաուղղված հնգամսյա ծրագիր է: Ծրագիրն իրականացվում է «Հայ առաջադեմ երիտասարդություն» ՀԿ -ի կողմից, «Action Against Hunger» միջազգային մարդասիրական կազմակերպության հետ համագործակցությամբ, ԳՄՀԸ (GIZ) -ի աջակցությամբ իրականացվող «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագրի շրջանակներում:

    Ֆինանսավորում

    «Տեղահանված և տեղաբնակ խոցելի խմբերի տնտեսական և սոցիալական ներգրավվածությունը Հարավային Կովկասում» (EPIC) ծրագիրն իրականացվում է Գերմանիայի միջազգային համագործակցության ընկերության (GIZ) կողմից՝ Գերմանիայի Դաշնային Հանրապետության տնտեսական համագործակցության և զարգացման նախարարության (BMZ) պատվիրակմամբ:

     

    ԴԻՄԵԼ

    Capturing my EVS adventures

    On the very first day when I arrived in Yerevan, I was so confused that I could not even understand what was going on around me. Then, I got home and met my roommate (for the upcoming month) who helped me to adapt with the Armenian lifestyle and gave me some recommendations of “must dos” in Yerevan. Therefore, this is where my adventures in Armenia has started.

    On the next day, I went to the APY office and met the staff members with who I was going to work for the upcoming two months. I engaged myself in the PR and Communication Department of APY as I am specialized in Filmmaking and Videography.

    During the first week I along with my colleague at APY started the preparation phase of the movie screening that I wanted to do in Yerevan. I was willing to organize screenings of movies directed by Turkish or Armenian directors related to Armenian-Turkish relations. During the upcoming weeks, we had several movie screenings and I was so happy to see so many young people interested in Armenian-Turkish dialogue.

    Thereas, with the assistance of the APY volunteers and staff members I started to shoot the movies that I had in my mind for a long time. The first movie was meant to be an anti-smoking campaign that speaks about the damages of a cigarette. The movie is very short but there is a huge idea behind it. The second short movie speaks out about another sensitive problem: the gender-based abortions. In the movie I tried to express the inhumanity and cruelty behind the idea of whether your child should be born or not based on her/his sex.

    During my stay in Yerevan, I tried to learn some Armenian to make my communication with the locals a little bit easier. I think I was the happiest person at the time when I could spell and write my name and profession in Armenian correctly. I also learnt some expressions that I could have used in everyday life. My favourite expression in Armenian is “Ես հայերեն չեմ հասկանում”, as I was supposed to use it the most.

    I am so thankful to APY for giving me the opportunity of not only having my EVS experience in Yerevan but in the regions of Armenia as well. During my EVS experience, I visited Goris, Ijevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor where I had meet university students, share with them my volunteering experience and make connections.

    Now I for sure can stay that I had the life-changing experience of my life full of discoveries and personal and professional growth.

    “Two months – one story” My EVS Experience in Armenia

    Being an EVS volunteer in Armenia has thought me a lot considering my Turkish origin.
    I believe that I have been supported and inspired by many people in my host organization since they were always taking care of me in Armenia.
    During my first week, me and my colleagues from APY participated in the Volunteerism Armenia Conference 2018 in UWC Dilijan. The conference was dedicated to the International Volunteer Day (December 5th) and Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day (December 7th).
    The main purpose of the event was to present their accomplishments, and collaboration with other organizations in different cities of Armenia, as well as to inform the community about volunteerism, volunteering programs, to enable the volunteers to make their work more visible to the public. We also had the opportunity to present APY’s work and its volunteering programs. I had a chance to learn more about some other organizations’ activities in Armenia (Tree of Life, The Armenian Red Cross Society, etc.). Those two events showed me again the importance of volunteerism in Armenia and beyond.

    Since I arrived in Armenia during the first days of December, I had a chance to experience Christmas ceremonies happening in Yerevan. Our office is located close to the Northern Avenue, where they have an open-air New Year market for almost a month and during the evenings, you can attend concerts performed by children. I felt myself lucky as I have also participated in many Christmas and New Year parties and dinners organized by APY with its staff members and volunteers. During these informal meetings, I met lots of people who gave me some advices concerning my stay in Yerevan. Everyone warned me to buy everything before the January 1st because almost all the shops are closed until the 7th of January. It was far away the best advice as the city turned into a ghost from the January 1st 😀

    One of the most unforgettable memories from my EVS experience was the project called “Clean Environment | Resource Management”. The goal of the project was to create an outlook for children’s ecological consciousness. I spent my two days with APY’s other volunteers in Aparan to meet with children and to discuss with them ecological issues. I believe that I will never forget the moment when they planted a seed, put their names on the vase and took them to home. They were so happy and interested while planting the seeds and watering them for the first time.

    After the arrival of the other volunteer, Arzu, we started to take Armenian Language Lessons. After we have learnt some basic words, we were so much eager to use them in our daily conversations. And once when Arzu wanted to buy a new camera (but since she was going to stay in Armenia for two months, she didn’t want to buy it at that moment), it was really hard for us to explain the seller our situation. Then, we remembered what we have learnt and said: “երկու ամիս մնալու եմ” (I’ll stay here for two months). It might not be the best explanation but it worked. So we felt like we already could speak Armenian.

    I wish I’ll have the opportunity to come back Armenia and continue discovering it more thoroughly.

    Broadening New Horizons through the Partnership with YEU

    Empowering, engaging and inspiring youth to become responsible citizens, change-makers in societies and actors possessing leadership skills has been the driving force of diverse multidimensional initiatives that Armenian Progressive Youth (APY) has been implementing since its foundation. APY strongly believes that this vision is aimed at sharing even beyond its local dimensions in order to reach out to more young people in the world. Making its strategic partnerships with international youth organizations who share the same vision and values is a way to broaden new horizons for the Armenian as well as for foreign young people.

    On its way to reaching out to more young people as well as increasing the access to the opportunities for them, Armenian Progressive Youth has started its joint collaboration with an organization called Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU). Founded in Strasbourg in 1986 by a group of 120 young people and a member association of the European Coordination Bureau (E.C.B), today YEU is promoting peace, understanding and co-operation for young people from 30 countries across Europe and Africa in a spirit of respect of human rights.

    As a member organization since 2012, Armenian Progressive Youth in collaboration with the European Youth Foundation has recently supported one of the training courses organized by YEU in Yerevan on the topic of cyberbullying. The project brought together many young people, youth workers and activists across Europe. The successful completion of this training course has been preceded by the General Assembly (GA), the legislative body of YEU, gathering its 17 partner organizations.

    During the General Assembly 2018 of YEU organized in Lisbon, Armenian Progressive Youth participated in the decision-making process and in the strategic planning of its network and further activities. As a full member organization, APY has voted for necessary amendments of YEU working plan proposals, budget planning and other related documents on membership and policy. Moreover, APY has built up its partnership with YEU in the area of advocacy as a way to create and to exchange public support and recommendations for special causes and policies within the YEU network.

    The General Assembly 2018, being responsible for the election of the governing board of YEU, has been remarkable for Armenian Progressive Youth. Grigor Yeritsyan, the president of APY, has been elected as a board member in the new Governing Board 2019-2020 and, today, he is currently working with his new colleagues Selin Gürlemez from Turkey, Maryna Tuzhanska from Ukraine, Nami Isaki from Macedonia and João Dias from Portugal as a board member, vice-presidents and president respectively.

    Run by young people for young people by means of democratic structure and on a voluntary basis, YEU is currently implementing the recently adopted strategy in collaboration with its all partner organizations. Regular on-site staff meetings, that Grigor Yeristyan is attending already as a board member, as well as the ongoing collaboration in the network are promising more outreach and impact amongst the youth in Armenia and beyond its borders.

    Breaking Walls, Building Bridges

    From 26th March-4th April 2019 Erasmus+ project called “Breaking Walls, Building Bridges” took place in Athens, Greece, organized by E.K.O.. Around 40 youth workers from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Armenia participated in the youth exchange program.

    The chief goal of the program was to promote non-discrimination, respect for cultural diversity, a sense of solidarity and a strong commitment to protecting peace, even at the face of conflict among young people.  The project was also aiming at breaking walls between the countries which have had long-standing conflicts through cooperation, discussion as well as cultural sharing.

    Here is what our volunteers share about their experience in the program:

    Mariam Babayan
    For me this program was a small step leading to a new and conscious society, where people are not labeled by their nationality, but are respected and loved just the way they are. It also showed me that people from conflict countries can be friends. As an Armenian I met Turkish people for the first time, and the same was for the Greek-Cypriot participants. We all became good friends, great team members and I do hope that this connection will stay strong over the years.
    Marine Harutyunyan
    I learned about the conflict between Turkish, Cypriot and Greek people. I made new Turkish friends during the program who helped me overcome my stereotypes about Turkey and Turkish people. If before I would never go to Turkey because of my fears and stereotypes, now I am more than happy to be heading to Turkey in a couple of days, to explore the country, culture, to meet my old and new Turkish friends.
    Varduhi Samvelyan
    I have met Turkish youngsters during many different APY programs before. However, this program was unique in that it was specifically designed to address the conflicts between countries. The program provided a platform for fruitful and respectful intercultural exchange. Together with my Turkish friends we discussed the conflict between our countries and made sure once again that we can achieve a peaceful resolution of the problem via dialogue between our nations.

    We are thrilled to be a part of such peace-building activities which teach youth workers to celebrate cultural diversity, to think critically, to be open-minded and to be motivated to build peace in the world via respectful and intellectual dialogues!

    Armenian Heritage and Memory Beyond the Borders

    “Armenian Heritage and Memory Beyond the Borders” has been prepared by Umut Erdem and designed by Fulya Berrak as part of their European Voluntary Service at Armenian Progressive Youth.

    The publication aims to introduce Armenian feminists having lived in Turkey in the last period of Ottoman Empire and the early period of the establishment of Republic of Turkey, especially utilizing to a great extent the works of Lerna Ekmekçioğlu and Melissa Bilal that have been lasting for over 10 years. It also aims to indicate the initiatives that have been made so far for the revival of Armenian memory in Turkey. Therefore it consists of 2 parts.