What was a youth initiative in 2009 that has turned into a well-established youth organization? To tell the truth, 2020 has not been kind to any of us. However, this is a very special year for our member organization – Armenian Progressive Youth NGO – as it marks its 10-year anniversary. This is definitely a milestone to celebrate! 10 years of APY in Armenia has led to the development and recognition of the non-formal education landscape and youth work both in Armenia and in the entire region. All of it was accomplished together with the highly valued former and current talented employees, members, volunteers and beneficiaries of the organization.
Thanks to the combined efforts of every individual who joined APY’s big family over the past 10 years, the organization has delivered directly to 40.000 young people in various ways:
✔ 4000 local and international young volunteers have served with APY;
✔ 5000 young people in Armenia benefited from APY’s training and volunteering opportunities in more than 50 countries;
✔ 10.000 hours of training and capacity building have been provided to young people;
✔ 3500 young people from all over the world visited Armenia to benefit from non-formal education and training opportunities offered by APY;
✔ 500 local and international projects were implemented;
✔ 100 youth initiatives and community projects were supported locally by APY.
After starting a career with APY, many of the organization’s former managers, members, volunteers and beneficiaries are now successful entrepreneurs, community leaders, politicians, educators, CSO leaders, CEO’s of local and international private companies as well as key actors in Armenia’s public institutions. Each one of them has been and is a part of APY’s journey.
Today, APY continues to be a safe place where young people come to learn and develop their capacities and grow personally and professionally. Currently, APY engages 100 enthusiastic members and a bank of 3000 volunteers across the country. Meanwhile, the organization runs about 15 nationwide and a number of international projects through its team of 10 hard-working staff members and about 20 experts, youth workers and young professionals.
The organization is proud of its active team full of creativity, professional drive, innovative ideas, and determination to make them work. Marine Harutyunyan (23, IT specialist) has been volunteering at APY for already 4 years. “I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing family”, she says. “Volunteering at APY has given me so many opportunities and chances and amazing and irreplaceable friends. I believe that APY has made me the person that I am today. My life before APY was like Alice’s life before Wonderland”. Marine’s story is among many. In the upcoming months, APY will be introducing its success stories and years of work through its #APY10 Anniversary Campaign. You can join the celebrative activities and events via APY 10th anniversary Facebook event.