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PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Yerevan, Armenia

Six members of PTPI Yerevan Armenia Community Chapter investigated the needs of young people in 10 different Armenian communities (Small Vedi, Byurakan, Shenik, Hrazdan, Vanadzor, Arapi, Gandzakar, Jermuk, Shaki, Martuni). The members found that each community was experiencing low youth involvement, including low employment rates.

PTPI Chapter Project Grant: Yerevan, Armenia

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may develop projects that will make a significant and lasting impact. Chapter Project Grants support projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI: to offer multinational experiences that foster cross cultural learning, develop global leadership skills, and connect with an international network of people committed to making a positive difference in the world.

Chapter Name: PTPI’s Yerevan, Armenia Community Chapter 

Project Name: “Community’s Young Voice”

Number of Beneficiaries: 300+

Project Description:

Six members of PTPI Yerevan Armenia Community Chapter investigated the needs of young people in 10 different Armenian communities (Small Vedi, Byurakan, Shenik, Hrazdan, Vanadzor, Arapi, Gandzakar, Jermuk, Shaki, Martuni). The members found that each community was experiencing low youth involvement, including low employment rates.

Therefore, the purpose of this project was to promote youth involvement in Armenian communities by providing them with training to improve their communication/media skills for future employment, and encouraging volunteer work.

Two seminars on the topic of “Usage of social media in civic journalism” were organized in Noyan-Tapan mass media center which was addressed for the development of IT and Media in Yerevan and other regions of Armenia.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: 

The project had a great impact on both the young people as well as the rest of the communities. Each community has a group of active beneficiaries who, as a result of project participation, have acquired new skills in research and  Information Technologies. At the end of the project, the beneficiaries assessed other community issues, made public decisions, passed on their gained knowledge and experiences to other members of the community, and successfully communicated with other youth groups in Yerevan.

Overall, the project was a success in the following ways:
  • Developed research, creative, and Information Technologies skills for 300 young beginner journalists in 10 communities of the Republic of Armenia.
  • Proposed a possible solution to unemployment problem for the successful beneficiaries in the communities.
  • Increased level of knowledge in the field of journalism by means of the created distance educational process.
  • Raised level of  youth self-confidence and self-consciousness in communities
  • Created and developed a communication platform where our beneficiaries will share their ideas, skills and experience with others.
  • Prepared and disseminated information about the Center and its activities
  • Nurtured cooperation and development between our beneficiaries from Yerevan and other communities.
  • Familiarized society with articles and materials prepared by our beneficiaries
  • Recruited new members to the PTPI Yerevan, Armenia Chapter for chapter development
Reflection on Lessons Learned:

At the end of our project, we found that it is best to:
  • Conduct meetings by means of games, to quickly and effectively involve youth in discussions
  • Organize frequent meetings for further development of the communities.
Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

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