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Capacity Building of the Probation Officers in Armenia | am calls | 31 Mar 2017

Capacity building of the newly established Probation State Service (PSS) in Armenia envisaged within the AM CALLS Community Grants component is in the process.
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Sustainable Parents' Clubs | am calls | 26 Dec 2016

Between 22-24, 2016 a training session on “Sustainable Parents’ Clubs” was organized for 15 parents from the parents’ clubs established by the 5 grantee organizations, 5 regional representatives and 5 grantee organization representatives: a total of 25 participants.

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Presentations on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" for Armenian Access Students | access am | 1 Dec 2016

On November 26, 2016 in Yeghvard and then on November 30 Armavir, Anna Avagyan, a lecturer of Spanish at Slavonic University in Armenia, a graduate of "English for International Visitors" program and also a former PHI staff who implemented a number of youth programs within PHI's "Armenia School Connectivity Program" conducted for Armenian Access Students a presentation on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" based on Sean Covey's bestselling book.

During the Q&A session of this exciting enhancement activity Anna encouraged the students to not only strive for effectiveness but also uncover in themselves their sleeping talents and fully realize their potential. She shared with the students her life story and told them how she got involved with yoga to turn into a yoga master today, how she initiated her exhibitions of collages made of watch details in Yerevan and then in Sydney, how she wrote and recorded her first songs. The students were fascinated with her example and shared with her their own dreams confirming that the presentation on the habits of effective teens will be of genuine help to them in their future endeavors.

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Lesson for Armavir Access Students on Armenian and American Cultures | access am | 28 Nov 2016

On November 28, 2016 John Beauparlant, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Armenia and currently living in Nor Hachn, Armenia, a long-time supporter of PHI's Access Program visited Armavir Access group to hold an enhancement lesson on differences and similarities of Armenian and American Cultures.

During a very interactive lesson followed by heated discussions he covered many aspects of culture including religion, language, gender relationships, family structures, etc. The students actively participated, shared their ideas on each theme proposed by the speaker and expressed a need for further meetings in cross-cultural issues.

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36 Armenian Access Students Visit Dilijan-based UWC College | access am | 25 Nov 2016

On November 11, 2016 a group of 36 Armenian students enrolled in the English Access Microscholarship Program (2015-16) from towns of Armavir and Yeghvard visited Dilijan-based United World College.

During their Winter 2016 Access Camp as a guest speaker both groups hosted Narek Galstyan, a graduate of the UWC Adriatic, who exposed them to the diverse educational and professional development opportunities within the of UWC movement and encouraged them to utilize these opportunities.

In Dilijan college two Armenian students met the Access group and offered them a tour of the college, presenting them information about the campus life, about the differences of IB education contrasted with that of the Armenian High School, talked about their interactions with the students from 46 other countries studying in the college.

The students visited the library, the Arts Area, the sports hall, the laboratories, also asked many questions and received a lot of information related to the student recruitment process, the complete and partial scholarships.

This was a very informative as well as a fun day for the Access students many of whom decided to respond to the currently open UWC call for applications.
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54 Armenian Students Enrolled in New 2016-18 Access Program | access am | 25 Nov 2016

PHI Armenia office launched the next cycle (Oct. 2016- Sept. 2018) of the English Access Microscholarship Program funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Exchange Programs. Through a 3-stage rigorous recruitment process a group of 54 13-15 year old Armenian students from the towns of Goris, Chambarak and Nor Hachn were selected to be enrolled in the program.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
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INL Representatives Visit AM CALLS Program Site to Observe INL Funded Projects | am calls | 24 May 2016

On May 13, 2016 representatives from Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) visited “Family and Community” NGO in Metsamor to observe the community initiatives within the INL funded AM CALLS project

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Small Grants projects are in Process of Implementation | am calls | 22 Apr 2016

AM CALLS staff is making regular monitoring visits to the six communities by providing close oversight and guidance in the process of implementation of small grants. As establishment of Parents’ Clubs was a mandatory component of the projects, AM staff encouraged the grantees to recruit parents who are enthusiastic and open to new initiatives, with sense of community ownership and are willing to allocate time and efforts for that initiative. While recruiting the parents the grantees also considered the status of the family. Thus, women from disadvantaged families with youth at risk were particularly encouraged to participate.

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Resource Kit for the Parents' Clubs | am calls | 22 Apr 2016

To promote capacity building and parenting skills of the parents involved in the Parents’ Clubs, a Resource Kit was developed by the identified 4 experts. Six copies of the Resource Kit were published and distributed to the six NGOs to pilot and assess the effectiveness of the tools included in the Tools Kit. The NGO representatives were asked to provide their feedback on the usefulness of the Resource Kit during the presentation of the Resource Kit which took place on March 11, 2016.

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Workshops for Armenian delegation on the use and administration of YASI | am calls | 16 Apr 2016

During its 5-day study visit to the U.S. the group of Armenian professionals had three workshops on the use and administration of YASI, led and facilitated by Jonathan Kidde, the Founder and Manager of Green Omega, his company that provides training technical assistance around restorative justice and effective intervention.
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