World Armenian Youth Network

World Armenian Youth Network has implemented “Second Stop for Effective Inclusions” Project in Armenia

The international training course “Second stop for effective inclusion” took place from June 24 to July 1 in Armenia, in which participated young leaders from more than 10 European countries.

The international youth TC has been implemented by WostAYN (World Armenian Youth Network) with the support of Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation.

The main aim of the project was to equip the participants and youth organizations with relevant tools that would increase the competences to find, direct and integrate young newcomers /refugees, migrants, displaced, etc./ in different countries.

The objectives of the project were:

  • To provide Youth organizations with a user-friendly handbook with tools, materials, cartoons, infographics, resources, which will increase capacity to work on finding and newcomers’ and make their adaptation and inclusion easier by giving social assistance, work on social inclusion and transition from a newcomer to a full member of the society.
  • To provide 30 youth workers from 10 countries with appropriate capacities, to focus on the role of youth organizations to make newcomers’ “SECOND STOP” (inclusion into youth work) smooth and harmonious to the host society.
  • To increase the number of newcomers in each of youth organization during next 6 months to encourage and develop intercultural learning, increase the exchange of experience between old and new newcomers thus creating peaceful community.
  • To promote the active civic engagement of young newcomers by providing public mediums for dialogue and cultural expression, as well as important resources to make a positive impact within their communities at large.
  • To develop materials for handbook, mainly aimed to support for inclusive youth work and youth organization.

Atom Mkhitaryan, the president of The World Armenian Youth Network – WostAYN was noting that “the project is up-to-date and essential also for the member organizations of WostAYN in the context of being activated in the communities of European countries and empowering the panarmenian youth network. It will contribute also from the point of view of strengthening the bonds with Homeland, exchange of experience, providing support to the new Armenian government as far as possible”.

Within the frames of the implemented project the participants visited the Center for Coordination of Syrian-Armenians’ Issues to speak with them about the problems that Syrian-Armenian newcomers had and have. The discussion came to be really interesting, since the attendees had many questions to Syrian-Armenians about the experience accumulated on the inclusion in the society, the lessons learnt and the upcoming tasks and projects.

The program hosted representatives of RA Ministries of Sport and Youth affairs and Diaspora, who deal with Youth and Diaspora issues. The participants learnt not only about the previous results and the works that were currently being carried out, but also asked questions regarding revaluing the role of young people in Armenia’s changing post-revolutionary political situation.

The World Armenian Youth Network WostAYN was initiated as a pan-Armenian project by the largest youth organization of Armenia – the Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia with the financial support of RA president and the Council of Europe. World Armenian Youth Network (WostAYN) as an international  organization was founded on November 10, 2006 in Yerevan, Armenia.

WostAYN received a status of an international organization in the Council of Europe in 2009. WostAYN is an umbrella organization, which unites 28 worldwide Armenian youth organizations from Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

The aim of Wostayn is to foster the unity of Armenian Youth worldwide and to strive to ensure their participation in their national communities and fulfillment of the aspirations of the Armenian Diaspora, its continuity, and the development of its religious, spiritual, cultural and social heritage.

The last stage of the project – Evaluation meeting, will happen in autumn this year. It aims to finalize the handbook about work with young newcomers, discuss the impact and value that the project had and develop upcoming strategic tasks within the scope of the network, especially on the European level.

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SECOND STOP FOR EFFECTIVE INCLUSION Handbook for Youth Workers dealing with newcomers

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