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  • October

    Upcoming Clubs


    14:00 International Club

    (Sona Sahakyan)

    16:00 English for beginners

    (Volodya Khachatryan)

    17:00 Conversational English

    (Kimberly VanKirk)


    16:00 English for beginners

    (Volodya Khachatryan)

    17:00 Spanish Club

    (Anna Harutyunyan and Iustina



    16:00 Photography Club

    (Lus Carvalho)

    17:30 Intermediate English Club

    (Siranush Minasyan)


    15:00 European Club

    (All EVS volunteers)

    15:00 EyoU Club

    (Aleksandra Ziba and Victoria

    Walter - Last Thursday of each month)

    17:00 German Club

    (Anna Schott & Johanna Palomita)


    16:00 Farsi Club

    (Galya Hovhannisyan)

    17:30 Intermediate English Club

    (Siranush Minasyan)


    November 2012 #4

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    In partnership with Counterpart International, YIC was able to give four

    participants an unforgettable experience to spend a week in ivas, Turkey, learning

    about the importance of solidarity and social assistance among young people, with

    participants from all across the European continent.

    While the Youth Initiative Center is frequently both an organizing and participating

    organization in Youth in Action projects and initiatives, this one was particularly

    special. The program was specifically designed to reach youth from disadvantaged

    backgrounds; and with the generous support of Counterpart International, the

    participant costs could be covered. YIC gave an open call among the 41 Youth and

    Community Action Centers (YCAC) throughout the country, and four participants

    from four different regions of Armenia were chosen to attend the week-long

    international youth exchange.

    As part of the program, participants were encouraged to recognize not only

    marginalized groups within their own countries, but also to identify groups who

    could assist and support such groups. And during the final days of the exchange,

    participants were given the opportunity to visit the local municipality and service-

    oriented organizations, where they learned first-hand about innovative and effective

    social assistance programs.

    Just as importantly, bringing 30 young people from Lithuania, Georgia, Russia,

    Moldova, and Turkey also promoted cross-cultural understanding and appreciation

    among the participants, and strengthened their skills in cooperation and teamwork

    while encouraging tolerance toward different lifestyles and points of view.

    By Kim VanKirk

    Youth Exchange

    A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

  • Often, pictures can express more than words. Photographs

    can document our realities and express our feelings when

    words fall short. And pictures can be a powerful way to bring

    people together. From the 14th-20th October, that is exactly

    what happened when five YIC members participated in a

    youth exchange in Turkey entitled Photographs Talk Louder

    than Words. The project was organised by Hasan Ferdi

    Turgutlu Technical High School in the town of Turgutlu in

    western Turkey and featured 30 participants from six different

    countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Slovakia,

    Turkey and Ukraine.

    The goal of the project was to use photography as a medium

    to encourage young people to work together across borders

    and through cultural differences, since photography is an art

    which is not restricted by language and culture. The project

    also worked towards recognising photography as an effective

    way of expressing opinions and feelings, as illustrated in the

    project title photographs talk louder than words.

    Participants received an introduction to basic photography

    and famous photographers before spending time taking

    pictures in and around Turgutlu. The participants

    photographs were then displayed and shared in an exhibition

    at the end of the week. In addition to the time spent behind

    the camera, there was also free time for the participants to

    explore the culture and sights of the town and its surrounding

    landscape. By Kristoffer Jansen

  • Club Spotlight - EyoU Club

    Beginning from November 1st, YIC staff and members will

    happily add one more country to our growing list of EVS

    countries represented at the Youth Initiative Center--

    Germany. Under the Active Citizens in the Caucasus

    project, five volunteers from Germany will arrive to spend the

    next eleven months in different non-governmental

    organizations in the South Caucasus countries of Armenia,

    Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Two volunteers will be hosted in

    Azerbaijan, one in Georgia, and two others - Anna Schott and

    Johanna Teubler - will complete their voluntary service with


    The idea behind the project is two-fold: first, to strengthen

    local organizations and

    youth centers with fresh

    enthusiasm and a taste of

    Europe; and second, to link

    the five volunteers

    activities with a common

    purpose. Once the

    volunteers return to

    Germany at the end of the

    project, they are expected

    to promote volunteering in

    the EECA region and encourage others to take a chance with


    Generally, the project will promote the European values of

    active citizenship, volunteering, social inclusion, and equal

    chances for all, primarily through the use of non-formal

    educational events and activities for local youth and children.

    Specifically, the Armenian project will focus on providing

    opportunities to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds,

    including orphans and youth from underprivileged areas. And

    like all EVS volunteer projects, the volunteers are encouraged

    to initiate their own ideas and activities within the framework

    of the project, according to their own aspirations and specific


    Like all EVS projects, our volunteers have the opportunity to

    receive as much as they give. Under this particular Youth in

    Action (YiA) project, the volunteers will get insight into the

    workings of a youth-focused NGO, become familiar with non-

    formal education methods and tools for working with youth,

    and discover potential approaches for avoiding the

    marginalization of certain social groups.

    Stay tuned for the upcoming activities within this project, or

    just come by the office and say hello to our newest EVS

    volunteers! By Kim VanKirk

    EVS Hosting

    Active Citizens in the Caucasus

    On the 25th of October, two of YICs EVS volunteers,

    Aleksandra from Poland and Victoria from Austria, conducted

    the first meeting of the EyoU Club. They informed interested

    youth about the European Union in general, and focused

    specifically on the Youth in Action program and the

    possibilities for young people in Armenia to go abroad.

    During the first meeting they also outlined the purpose and

    main topics of the EyoU Club. YIC members can attend this

    club to learn about the opportunities connected with the

    European Union, the system and structure of the European

    Union, and how they can potentially benefit from it. In

    addition to the monthly EyoU Club, all of our EVS volunteers

    will kick-off the European Club in November, which will meet

    weekly and present the cultures of Europe. Whereas the EyoU

    Club will focus only on the opportunities and programs within

    the European Union, the European Club will introduce the

    customs, traditions, and lifestyles of our

    EVS volunteers home countries.

    The topics of the EyoU Club are

    decided upon beforehand, and will

    be announced in the YIC Members

    Group on Facebook. Suggestions

    and requests for topics to discuss

    can be made to the two club leaders

    and will be gratefully received.

    The next EyoU Club will be held

    on Thursday, the 29th of November

    at 15:00. During this upcoming club,

    our volunteers will inform our members about scholarship

    opportunities in foreign countries and give practical advice on

    searching and applying for programs, such as DAAD in

    Germany. By Aleksandra Ziba and Victoria Walter

  • What is youth participation and how can we increase the

    understanding of it? How can we motivate young people to

    become active citizens and be included in decision-making

    processes? What kind of social issues are facing youth, and

    what is the best way to deal with them?

    These questions, among others, were the focus of the six-day

    training course You Have More Rights That Staying Silent in

    Kobuleti, Georgia in early October. The training course

    brought together youth leaders, youth workers, and young

    people from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Italy, Lithuania,

    Moldova, Romania, and Slovenia.

    Participants developed their knowledge and skills on the

    topics of youth participation, active citizenship, human rights,

    and democracy, with the hope of increasing youth

    involvement and supporting young people in developing

    initiatives to address local issues. To this end, the trainers

    provided a variety of useful tools,