PH International

DOTCOM in Armenia

Country: Armenia
Category: Educational Development Programs

About

Web Site: http://dotcom.ph-int.org/

The Developing Online Tools for Community Outreach and Mobilization (DOTCOM) program engaged media-savvy and civically-engaged youth from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the U.S., providing training and opportunities for these young people to create socially conscious media impacting communities in the U.S. and the Caucasus. The program was sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and supported by a global network of organizations.

The first phase of the program began in early 2009, when 90 Armenian, American and Azerbaijani students began online collaboration by exploring youth issues through the lens of media, creating their own documentaries, digital stories, short films, public service announcements and other media for distribution internationally. In May 2009, the second phase of the project began. Based on their achievements in the first phase, 30 students (ten per country) were selected as program finalists, and traveled to the U.S. in July 2009 for advanced media and social action training. In March 2010, ten American high school students joined international peers on a visit to the Caucasus, which included participation in the regional Social Media for Social Change conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

The program was a tremendous success, with all students going on to reach personal and academic goals beyond their involvement in DOTCOM. For more information about the online learning component of the program, as well as links to student blogs and the DOTCOM YouTube page, please visit the program forum: http://www.netvibes.com/phdotcom#DOTCOM-Home_Page

Success Stories

DOTCOM - FLEX | 5 May 2010

Young Armenian students Marine Ghazaryan, David Avoyan and Shahen Mailyan are participating in DOTCOM program, which started in October 2008, implemented by PH International with funding provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Within the the program 30 students created their blogs, where they completed their assignments. Soon together with 7 other Armenian students they were selected to travel to the USA to participate in a 3-week DOTCOM exchange program with focus on media literacy and cross-cultural understanding, where they met with 10 American and 10 Azerbaijani DOTCOM participants. It was a great pleasure to communicate and interact with people with different cultures and together make 10 films raising awareness on different social issues.
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