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.
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.
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.
After launching the legal culture lessons, the schools started organizing some other activities in the frames of legal culture action plans. One of the teachers underlined: “This program has given me an impetus to think of creative activities for better involvement of police in the school life”.
On March 24, trainer of IDEA Center of Rivne-based NGO “Chayka” (Sea Gull) Natalia Znaydyuk held a training session on possibilities of work with coding software for students Rivne Economic-humanitarian and engineering college. During the training, students got acquainted with the possibilities of the Kodu visual design. In particular, they discussed its interface, the possibility of creating and configuring game objects, work with landscapes, using a timer, and the possibility of counting points. Students have expressed interest to the software presented and successfully implement all training tasks.
Another Living Library in the framework of GE CALLS Program – this time it was hosted by the Georgian National Gallery and featured two special “books” – Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Archil Talakvadze and The US Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Ian Kelly