YB members raise local funds , attain co-funding from local sources, engage in charity and volunteer activity outside the scope of grant-making (English language training for kinder-garten, sports club started by YB grant making 400 USD monthly, 3 villages contributed 300 USD to projects, Food Bank charity action in 2 towns helped 49 families with food at Easter holidays with the help of 42 volunteers, more than 70 examples of trainings attended, etc). Yerevan YB members were able to raise 270 USD from National Assembly speaker to match “Karmir Blur” historic reserve cleaning project. Gyumri YB was able to raise 250 USD from local people to match an Amasia village fountain-repair project. Vayots Dzor YB members were able to generate village chief to support the local tourism promotion project by installing drinking water pipeline in the area of Karaglukh old chapel. YB members get employed at competitive jobs : World Vision, Orange Telecom, Customs clearing offices, banks, schools, NGOs, they get accepted in study abroad programs, cooperate with NGOs, set up their own NGOs and networks, build up a successful career, due to the ‘’competence package’’ inherited from YB work.
Youth Bank 2012
Youth Bank Armenia …a change in one lifeis a change in the country’s future…
Some myths about young people1. Young people want to be engaged in 1. Young people want to have fun and spend civic activism time interesting; fu2. Young people need skills to become 2. Young people need to see active friends to active become active and become a part of a3. Young people want to build better group communities 3. Young people want to live a better life4. Young people want to solve 4. Young people like to be a part of a change problems 5. Young people like to be empowered and5. Young people need to be mentored trusted6. Young people want to be decision- 6. Young people want to be heard, have a makers ‘say’’7. Young people want to learn and 7. Young people enjoy traveling, making apply best practices new friends and trying new things8. Young people want to be leaders 8. Young people like to be popular, and to9. Young people are cooperative have visibility of good actions10. Young people want to be in tune 9. Young people are in permanent with time (social, political, competition technological developments) 10. Young people want to be ahead of the time and the developments, they want to ‘set the rhythm ‘of progress
What programs need to know• Youth respond to programs that promote positive outcomes: improved behaviors, new attitudes, and relationships; belonging to new areas of social life• Youth are more likely to attend programs that build their networks and skills with promise of better employment possibilities• Youth programs need measures that will work among diverse populations and are meaningful for youth of all social groups: urban and rural, with foreign language skills and non, educated and non educated.• Youth work better in groups – when diverse skills are combined, and responsibilities match their abilities;• Program designs should take into consideration factors leading to: motivation, space for creativity, freedom of choice and fair recognition and intuitive flexibility.
Youth Bank Armenia – the real change!• Helps to change the lives of the young people from having no way of doing anything interesting, learning and moving up the stairs of life…• into active and confident ‘drivers’ of change, who participate in shaping the country’s future through their own actions
How to get started with Youth Bank• Selection of Host Organizations: NGOs, Schools, Community Centers• Announcement of open call for volunteers - YB members• Selection of 5-7 YB committee members,• Start up workshop with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Senior YB members• Form a team• Development of an Action Plan for grant-making• Begin the work….
The steps of the YouthBank work• Needs Assessments (surveys, meetings, interviews)• Setting criteria and priorities for grant-making• PR activities – Radio, local newspapers, posters, community events, schools/colleges, meetings• Proposal review – Screening/Interview/Scoring• Community Award Ceremonies• Saying YES and NO to proposals• Contracts• Project implementation• Monitoring of projects• Report Writing On-going:• Fundraising for projects; volunteer, community work; additional skills building; presentations during local conferences, joint action with other civic active youth, appearance in local media, Internet actions, TV.
Youth Bank Armenia – for communities and people!creates grounds for far more young people to get involvedand become civically active 1300 proposals reviewed by 88 YBers 139 youth-led community and european grants funded More than 1000 young people implemented projects with 3000 volunteers across country 75 volunteer projects Successful fundraising Competitive jobs Participation in study abroad programsdue to the ‘’competence package’’ inheritedfrom YB work.
Youth Achievements!• YB members raise local funds, attain co-funding from local sources, engage in charity and volunteer activity outside the scope of grant-making (English language training for kinder-garten, sports club started by YB grant making 400 USD monthly, Food Bank charity action in 2 towns helped 49 families with food at Easter holidays with the help of 42 volunteers, more than 70 examples of trainings attended, etc). Yerevan YB members were able to raise 270 USD from National Assembly speaker to match “Karmir Blur” historic reserve cleaning project. Gyumri YB was able to raise 250 USD from local people to match an Amasia village fountain-repair project. Vayots Dzor YB members were able to generate village chief to support the local tourism promotion project by installing drinking water pipeline in the area of Karaglukh old chapel. German Embassy, British Council, Counterpart International, The British Chamber have provided around 5000 USD each to various YB projects.• Personal development: World Vision, Orange Telecom, VivaCell, Custom, banks, schools, NGOs, they get accepted in study abroad programs, cooperate with NGOs, set up their own NGOs and networks, build up a successful career, due to the ‘’competence package’’ inherited from YB work.
Youth Banks: promote volunteerismYBs learn to take initiative, enjoy giving and cultivate the culture of philanthropy
Youth Banks: promote volunteerism “… In the process we learned that the rich do not give, those who care- give most, and we can’t wait to reach the rich, we do what we can do today”,- says Gyumri YB member Luiza Petrosyan
Youth Bank helps to break through the barriers: cross- border work with Azerbaijan , Georgia and Turkey “If I served in the army and I knew, that young boys like my friend Turan , are on the other side of the border, all I’d think is: ‘when will this conflict come to a final end’’ Vladimir Shatverov, Gyumri YB)
Youth Bank in Armenia promoting European Youth Values Eurasia P artnership Foundation intoduces the “H ello Europe’’ publication and the Youth B ank announces youth-led grant competition to promote E uropean youth values in Armenia’s communities
The Geography of Youth Bank• Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan – by EPF• Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan – by EFCA• Moldova – EEF• UK, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovenia, Bosnia, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Palestine, Russian Federation- Ural, Latvia, - plans for Serbia and more…
Plans: to build on rather than move on…• Strengthen active citizenship and strong networks of young people• Apply Youth Bank for conflict transformation: Armenia-Azerbaijan-Georgia expand to Turkey, Abkhazia, and more…• Strengthen community work, philanthropy, personal development, sharing across countries• Develop partnerships and networks (including internet-based and social capital)• Strengthen skills on a new variety of areas: environmental protection, human rights, entrepreneurship, elections, etc.• Good skills for a good cause… and better futures for all….
How to support YB in Armenia EPF welcomes contributions to the Youth Bank Program from both institutional and individual donors. Because each grant awarded by a Youth Bank averages only $500, even small contributions can have a powerful impact on rural Armenian youth:• $500 will fund one community project, awarded by a Youth Bank committee to a group of their peers• $2,500 will fund one Youth Bank committee’s portfolio of projects in one region• $5,000 will fund two Youth Bank committee’s portfolio of projects• $15,000 will fund the operation of one rural Youth Bank committee, including supplies, training on awarding and monitoring grants, travel to networking meetings among Youth Bank participants, and other associated costs• $25,000 will fund the operation of 10 rural Youth Bank committees, including grants to small-scale youth-led community initiatives. Around 5 projects can be funded in each of the 10 regions.• $75,000 will fund a one-years full operations of the Youth Bank project, according to a renewed strategy, 3-4 capacity building workshops for youth, including administrative expenses and community grants fund.
Contacts in Armenia Eurasia Partnership Foundation Armenia Zarobyan 56, Yerevan+ 374-10- 58-60-95www.epfound.am, www.youthbank.amE-mail: email@example.com