PH International

Youth LAB - Leadership Across Borders

Country: Armenia
Category: Community Development Programs


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Youth LAB: Turkey-Armenia-U.S. forged cross-cultural connections and fostered innovative leadership among Turkish, Armenian and American youth, nurturing a cadre of youth to become actively engaged in addressing issues of mutual concern in their schools and communities, and equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become citizen activists.. The program was funded by a grant from the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, and was implemented by PH International and its Turkish partner, ARI Movement.

The 16-month initiative brought together 75 young leaders – 25 from each country – with creative ideas and open minds. Prior to a three-week leadership camp in the U.S., students from the three countries communicated online via a secure website and began talking with one another about leadership and change in their communities. In July 2011 all 75 students came together in Vermont for a two-week leadership camp at Sugarbush Resort, followed by a one-week homestay experience with American hosts.As part of the camp the students formed international teams to discuss, design and plan civic activities to work on in their communities after they returned home. They then spent the next four months working on these projects in their schools and communities, continuing to communicate with their peers and program coordinators as they put learning into action. In late December 2011, the students reunited in Turkey and Armenia visiting projects, communities, and expanding their cultural and leadership training.

Success Stories

ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT! Apply to Find Your Mentor & Walk with us the Path of Leadership! | 1 Aug 2012

A team of 15 alumni from the 2011 YouthLAB program, funded by the U.S. government and implemented by Project Harmony – International, has just launched an exciting mentoring program for their young peers across Armenia. The newly launched “PLAY – Promoting Leadership among Armenian Youth” Mentoring program , funded through a grant from U.S. Department of State, Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund (AEIF), will be implemented throughout August 2012-March 2013.

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"Leadership is not a Dream - It is Action", Believe 3 Armenian YouthLAB-ers | 29 Nov 2011

In the summer of 2011, 24 Armenian teenagers visited the U.S. to participate in a Youth Leadership Camp. The camp was organized by PH international’s American and Armenian offices in partnership with ARI Movement in Turkey, under the sponsorship of the US government.

With 24 participants from each of the engaged countries, Armenia, Turkey and the United States, a total of 72 teenagers participated in the camp. Upon return to the home countries, each participant has designed a Civic Action Project (CAP). All participants are currently implementing their CAPs.

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'WITHOUT CIGARETTE - FOR LIFE': States Armenian YouthLAB-er Hayk | 24 Oct 2011

Each YouthLAB participant in Armenia, Turkey and the United States, a total of 72 teenagers, are currently actively implementing the Civic Action Projects they designed this summer. Many of them have recorded remarkable successes in this short timeframe. One of these successful students is Hayk Shahnazaryan from Yerevan Lyceum after Anania Shirakatsy.
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