With the financial support of the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, the World Armenian Youth Network succeeded in finalizing the “Second Stop for Effective Inclusion” project. In the youth capital of 2018 – Ijevan, the final evaluation meeting of the program was held with the participation of 15 young people from homeland and Diaspora.
One of the priorities of the three-phase international program was creating the best conditions for youth workers dealing with newcomers. Thanks to the participants the up-to-date methodological handbook of involving newcomers in the youth field was completed and finalized in the youth capital of Armenia.
“The handbook for the inclusion of newcomers developed as a result of the program. It has been presented to the relevant institutions, youth and international organizations, as well as to the Armenian communities through the Ministry of Diaspora. We have placed it on WostAYN website and will be disseminating it through social networks. The youth workers participating in the program will be using the educational materials and the published handbook, the knowledge and skills gained already on the spot to organize new trainings, and also to involve young people into community life,” noted Atom Mkhitaryan, the president of the World Armenian Youth Network WostAYN.
Diana Yeghiazaryan, the Secretary General of WostAYN, who is the author of the “Second Stop for Effective Inclusion” handbook, mentioned that a professional and experienced editorial team was formed both from Armenia and abroad: “Team is very important for the implementation of such long-term projects. Our team is confident that this handbook will always be on the computer desktop of a youth worker, as it has an interesting innovation. The guide includes many, already filtered resources and ready-to-use tools related to social inclusion”.
It is planned to create an online platform based on the developed handbook, to make the methods and forms of involving newcomers in youth field more accessible to youth workers.
In the framework of summarizing the “Second Stop for Effective Inclusion” project the participants also had meetings with the representatives of city authorities of Ijevan, including with the Municipality staff. Discussion was held as well with the representatives of the northern branch of Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and Tavush Tourism Research and Development (R&D) Center.