During the previous 8 months, Armenian Progressive Youth NGO conducted a series of employment and entrepreneurship courses, within the framework of the second school of the W-EMPOWER project. The project gathered women with various specialties and interests from different regions of Armenia. The project was an opportunity for the participants to learn new skills, become more competitive and create a network. As a result of the program, 48 project participants received knowledge on a number of topics. Participants had the opportunity to take personal development courses, such as: CV writing, job interview, motivation and cover letters, communication and e-mail writing, generating innovative business ideas, finance and budgeting, business plan creation.
At the end of the training, the participants made speeches to receive grants, scholarships, and internship opportunities. 6 participants were selected for scholarships, 10 participants for internships, and 25 participants for grant opportunities. The participants presented their business ideas, from the production of soap, and the establishment of a guest house to the modeling of clothes, and the making of dolls and cakes. Most of them have already started the second phase of the project (internships, grants, scholarships) and mention that this has been a life-changing opportunity for them.
At the closing ceremony of the project, the participants had a chance to share their impressions and experience of the project with the whole group. One of the participants mentioned that before the project she had no idea she could ever receive a chance to leave her comfort zone and try to learn new skills. To her, this was a whole new experience since she had never been able to even think about working before in her life. Another participant said that she was fascinated by the trainers of the project who were always ready to help the participants to get the most out of this experience.
This project is implemented by the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO and is funded through a Department of State Julia Taft grant, and the opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Author’(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State.