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Youth LAB Recruitment Begins for Students in Armenia, Turkey and the U.S. | youth lab armenia | 31 Oct 2010

Recruitment has officially begun for Youth LAB, a program to foster leadership and cross-cultural understanding among Turkish, Armenian, and American youth. The sixteen-month initiative will bring together 75 young activists – 25 from each country – to discuss solutions to global and local issues.
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Launching of the SRO Initiative in Armenia | zang | 29 Sep 2010


On September 22, Armenian Police and Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with PH International officially launched the School Resource Officers’ initiative in Armenia as part of the State Policy of Crime Prevention National Plan. The pilot phase includes SROs’ placement in 10 Yerevan high schools (schools # 119, 127, 118, 198, 139, 184, 105, 65, 29, and 114). The SROs will work closely with the school administration and school teachers to foster safe learning environment at schools and positive relationship with youth. They will also help identify at risk youth and assist with intervention before serious problems occur. As part of their activities, the SROs together with the school teachers will teach students ZANG legal socialization classes.
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The ZANG U.S. based Exchange Program | zang | 7 Sep 2010


From August 19 – August 29 a group of 3 ZANG project key ministerial partners Nelli Duryan, Head of Juvenile Police Department, RA Police, Lala Ghazaryan, Head of Department of Protection of Children, Women and Families, RA Ministry of Labour and Social Issues; Narine Hovhannisyan, Head of the General Education Department of the RA Ministry for Education and Science, together with ZANG Program Manager Armine Sukiasyan and PHI Armenia Country Director Mariam Martirosyan travelled to the U.S. to work with their American counterparts in a 10-day exchange program.
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CJC Sustainability Workshop | zang | 16 Jul 2010

On June 28-29, PHI staff participated in a workshop conducted by World Vision Middle East & Eastern Europe Regional office Advocacy Officer Eve Jolly. The workshop aimed to develop Advocacy Strategies for Juvenile Justice Reforms in Armenia. Two days of the workshop were devoted to designing a clear strategy and plan of action for RA Government funding of CJCs.
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DOTCOM - Imagine Center | dotcom am | 17 May 2010


On May 1, 2010 a few Armenian representatives of DOTCOM program were hosted by the “Dialogue for Action 2010” Armenian-Azerbaijani Dialogue Program implemented by the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation. The Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation is an independent, non-political organization and is dedicated to positively transforming relations in conflict-torn societies.
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New Partnership Establishes the Next CJC in Talin | zang | 3 May 2010


On April 28, 2010 as a result of successful partnership between PH International ZANG Armenia Legal Socialization Program and “Reforming Juvenile Justice System in Armenia to support deinstitutionalization” project funded World Vision’s Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional Office the 7th Community Justice Center (CJC) was established in the town of Talin, Aragatson region. Like the other CJCs, established in 6 communities, the opening of newly founded center enforced within Armenia’s National Program of Child Protection, implemented by the Armenian Police, and act to provide restorative justice responses to youth reported in non-violent crimes, as well as with full support and engagement of parents and community members they serve to increase public safety and reduce juvenile crime rate in the Republic of Armenia.
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6 CJCs WRAP-UP YEAR 2009 PLANs and WELCOME NEW CJC TEAMs | zang | 26 Mar 2010


In the past months, in addition to the ongoing activities of the ZANG program’s Community Justice Centers (CJC), PH International’s (PHI) Armenia staff worked towards expanding its partnerships to establish new Community Justice Centers. One of such opportunities is through collaboration with the Armenian branch of World Vision International Charitable Organization (WVA). Through cooperative efforts PH International plans to set up 2 more CJCs, one in town of Talin, Aragatsotn region, and the other in Kapan, Syunik region. The new CJCs will be based on the Community Centers for Children years ago established by World Vision, and currently funded by the local municipalities. The Talin CJC will be the first one to open: after some pilot period, PHI and WVA will jointly commence the activities of setting-up the Community Justice Center under the auspices of the Kapan Community Center.
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Trained Students Reparative Boards Will Operate in Five More Armenian Schools | zang | 15 Mar 2010


On January 2010, five new schools were selected for the implementation of the school-based Students’ Reparative Board (SRB) initiative. From Feb. 17- Mar. 11 60 SRB members, together with lead teachers nominated from secondary schools Vanadzor # 5, Alaverdi # 12, Gyumri # 7, Ijevan # 4, Tchambarak # 2 participated in preparatory trainings. During the three day sessions in each school, the students were introduced to their school bylaws, to principles of Restorative Justice, personal rights and responsibilities as well as conflict management. The principals of schools had open remarks during the sessions and expressed their interest in SRB activities and eagerness to cooperate with PH International.

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What Kids Can Do: Discovering Common Ground | dotcom am | 1 Feb 2010

With the help of a program funded by the U.S. State Department, young people have come together around a shared interest: using film and social media to create social change.
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Youngsters and their Mentors Learn from Each Other | dotcom am | 16 Dec 2009

DOTCOM student Jacob Rasch of Bethesda, Maryland (USA) was featured in the Bethesda Gazette for his outstanding community service. Read Peggy McEwan’s article about Rasch’s acheivements
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