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We would like to introduce you Carlos Kouloumian, a participant of the paid internship program, which is being implemented within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project.


Hello…
My name is Carlos Kouloumian, I was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. In 2014, when I completed 10th grade, my family and I decided to move to Armenia due to the war situation. When we arrived in Armenia, I easily integrated into Yerevan’s life, as I grew up longing for my homeland. After graduating from high school in Armenia, I realized my childhood dream and applied to the Faculty of Architecture of the Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction.


It was my dream, as from childhood I have always loved to create and have attended painting classes. Here in Armenia I like the architecture of the buildings and churches, the art sculptures on the buildings just breathe, for me they are unique architectural masterpieces. I hope I can have my contribution to Armenian architecture in the future. Thus, presently, as a fourth-year student, I am already doing a professional internship at the “Urban Unit” Architectural and Construction Company within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project implemented by the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) and the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation.


During the internship, I participate in the works of design of buildings, measurements and etc., due to which I apply the knowledge gained through various university and extracurricular courses, as well as acquire new knowledge and skills. Thanks to this program, I get acquainted with the working process of my profession, common environment, and I believe that soon I will be able to prepare a complete architectural project on my own.
The paid internship component of the "Bright Future for Youth" project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.


The "Bright Future for Youth" project was launched on 1 February 2020.

We are happy to introduce you Meghrig Janesian, our next participant of the internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project…


I am Meghrig Janesian from Aleppo, Syria. Before moving to Armenia, I studied in Syria, majoring in Electronic Engineering.


I left my studies incomplete as a result of the war and with my family decided to move to Armenia, where I was sure I would find rest and continue my studies, which I had dropped out. In September 2016, I applied to the National Polytechnic University of Armenia the faculty of "Information Technologies" as a 2nd year student. I had chosen this profession taking into account the modernity of the IT sector and the job opportunities, which are being increased day by day.


Throughout academic years, I mastered C# programming, as well as HTML, JavaScript, WordPress programs, by participating in courses organized by “World Vision” Armenia, due to which I improved my professional knowledge.


In 2019 after the graduation of Bachelor's degree, I decided to pursue a career in professional work. To take my first steps, I turned to the professional internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project. After an interview and a few assignments, I got an internship at ITHD LLC as a Front End Developer.


During my internship I apply almost all my professional knowledge, day by day I become more skilled, self-confident in my work, as well as gain team working skills. I would like to thank this project for giving young people such an opportunity to lead them to a successful career.


The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.
The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020.

Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) with the fund of WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation announces second round of paid Internship program for youth in Armenia within the framework of the “Bright Future for Youth” project.


If you are a current student or have recently (past 12 months) graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited university in Armenia but can’t find a job due to lack of work experience, then “Bright Future for Youth” project provides you with a chance to obtain professional experience through a 3-month paid internship at leading Armenian companies and organizations. Young people aged 20-25 with no or limited prior work experience can apply for an internship position corresponding to their educational field.

Only Electronic Applications are Acceptable.
For details, please follow the links:


1.Documents.Arm/English- https://bit.ly/39iyJSA
2.Application Form. Arm/English– https://bit.ly/30CbZZZ


The deadline for submissions is 23 August 2020.

Submit all electronic applications with required documents to Araks Martirosyan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an email subject line that includes “Internship Application (Your Name and Last Name)”.


For questions and inquiries, please contact us on 098 545361.
The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.
The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020. The project is funded by the World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART) and implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO).

The Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) within the framework of the “Bright Future for Youth” project provided scholarships to 46 young students studying in Armenian universities. The project is funded by the Armenia Round Table Inter-Church Charity Foundation (ART).


As a result of an open call announced in February 2020, in total 102 students applied for the scholarship of the "Bright Future for Youth" project, 69 of which for the reimbursement of the tuition fee for the spring semester. The selection of applicants was made with the participation of Sarkis Bakhian, the Executive Director of Aleppo-NGO, Araks Martirosyan, the Project Coordinator, Karen Nazaryan, Director of the WCC Round Table Foundation, Rubina Devrikyan, Program Manager, and Armen Nersesyan, Educational Program Coordinator of the ''My Step'' Foundation.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission conducted the discussion of applications online. The documents submitted by each applicant were minutely studied, taking into account the criteria for providing scholarships according to the project, namely, high academic performance, social activity and socio-economic needs. As a result of the considerations made by the members of the Commission, 46 students representing ten universities were selected. Scholars are citizens of Armenia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon.


Congratulations to the scholarship recipients and good luck!!


Supported by WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation, the "Bright Future for Youth" project was launched on 1 February 2020. The project aims to develop the skills of Syrians, Iraqi and other refugees and local youth, by providing them with scholarships, capacity building trainings and ensuring work experience through professional internships.

Within the framework of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project, which is being implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable NGO and the fund of WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation, a visit was organized to one of the orphanages of Yerevan.

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Before the visit the youth prepared some eastern meals at the “Aleppo Cuisine” Center for introducing the eastern cuisine to orphanage kids.


In the orphanage the youth got acquainted with children belonging different age groups and the center staff and in cordial atmosphere all together tasted the prepared food. The children were happy about the fact that the meals were prepared by the youth. After lunch the participants of the visit distributed sweets entering different rooms of the center.


Children shared their dreams and goals with the youth. “If we’ve ever felt loved by our family or loved ones, that’s because we need to make someone loved back, to give love and compassion, in anyway possible!! My heart is expanded and touched by those kids that we met, they reassured me that, at the end it matters how much love we put in any giving. There surly is much more joy in giving than receiving”,- notes the organizer of the visit Serli Tekayan.

A summarizing event for the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) with support of WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation took place in Yerevan.
The event was attended by the representatives of the partner organizations as Mission Armenia Charitable NGO, World Vision Armenia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR), Armenian Caritas Benevolent NGO, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Progressive Youth NGO, Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation, members of the diplomatic missions, beneficiaries of the project and other guests.

Ani Balkhian, the Founding President of Aleppo-NGO, greeted the presentees and expressed gratitude to WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation for contributing this youth project of utmost importance. Mrs. Balkhian congratulated the participants who attended and successfully completed different courses within the framework of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project. The Founding President advised the youth to be more purposeful and gain new achievements.


After Ani Balkhian’s speech, a summarizing video was shown to the attendees representing the activity of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project from March 2018 up to May 2019.

After the video Sarkis Balkhian, Executive Director of Aleppo-NGO, briefly represented the project and highlighted main achievements and target goals gained within a year.


Afterwards another video was shown dedicated to the 4-day workshop on UN Sustainable Development Goals that was held within the abovementioned project, supported by Armenia Round Table.

Several participants of Accounting, Architectural Autodesk Revit, TOEFL and Premier Pro courses and students that had received university scholarship, expressed their gratitude to the organizers of the project for providing this kind of opportunities and for gaining theoretical and practical knowledge.


The representatives of “Skillshop”, “Educational Planet” training centers and International Center of Languages and Training, were invited to the stage for certificate distribution.


Areg Keshishian, Director of “Skillshop” training center, highly appreciated the joint activity of Aleppo-NGO and Armenia Round Table Foundation for the opportunities and perspectives for Syrian-Armenian youth, after which were distributed the certificates to the participants of Autodesk Revit architectural courses.

In her speech Ruzanna Aleksanyan, Director of the “Educational Planet” training center, stressed the importance of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project in regards of obtaining theoretical and practical skills and finding jobs in Armenia. Mrs. Aleksanyan expressed her gratification for new and pleasant acquaintances and encouraged the Syrian-Armenian youth to apply in practice their accounting knowledge and, then, which were followed by the distribution of certificates of the Accounting training course participants.


Alla Ivanyan, the representative of ICLT, with great solemnity distributed the certificates to TOEFL participants, thanked the organizers of the project and wished new achievements to the participants mentioning the slogan of their Center, that is “Learn for Life”.


After the certificate distribution Dr. Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation, made the final speech highlighting the complete implementation of their goals within a year, expressed his deep gratitude to the supporting organizations, project’s participants and expressed willingness to continue the cooperation with Aleppo-NGO and implement new projects dedicated to the capacity building and success of Syrian-Armenian Youth in Armenia.


“Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project is aimed at providing capacity building, scholarship- financial aid, and pastoral-psychological support to displaced youth from Syria. Since March 2018, more than 250 Syrian, Iraqi, and local Armenian youth have participated in the various training courses and events of the project.

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“Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project is aimed at providing capacity building, scholarship- financial aid, and pastoral-psychological support to displaced youth from Syria. Since March 2018, more than 250 Syrian, Iraqi, and local Armenian youth have participated in the various training courses and events of the project.

A visit was organized to Martiros Sarian House-Museum for Syrian-Armenian and local young people, within the framework of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project, implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable NGO with the support of WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation. It was a great opportunity for the participants to witness the heritage of the great Armenian painter and be present at his Museum.


“Martiros Sarian once said, “The land is a living being, it has its soul and without the native land, the close connection of the homeland, you cannot find yourself, your soul”.

“The warmth colours, the deep feeling with each painting made us believe in these words even more”, noted Serli Tekayan, the organizer  of the visit.

The participants’ impressions were very positive and  they were greatly admired by the cultural masterpieces. For the most of the participants, it was the first visit to Martiros Sarian House-Museum, and it was an interesting experience for them, which is worth carrying in their memories. 

“I am very impressed by the beauty, simplicity, harmony and the atmosphere of the museum. I hope this amazing place will be kept safe, so that the next generations would have chance to visit and get acquainted not only with the life and activities of the bright representative of the Armenian art Martiros Sarian, but also with the Armenian history and culture”- said one of the participants.

Pastoral-psychological assistance of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project is aimed at the enrichment of cultural and spiritual values of Syrian-Armenian youth, and the visit to the House-Museum of Martiros Sarian had its unique place among this kind of events. 

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“The warmth colours, the deep feeling with each painting made us believe in these words even more”, noted Serli Tekayan, the organizer  of the visit.

The participants’ impressions were very positive and  they were greatly admired by the cultural masterpieces. For the most of the participants, it was the first visit to Martiros Sarian House-Museum, and it was an interesting experience for them, which is worth carrying in their memories.

“I am very impressed by the beauty, simplicity, harmony and the atmosphere of the museum. I hope this amazing place will be kept safe, so that the next generations would have chance to visit and get acquainted not only with the life and activities of the bright representative of the Armenian art Martiros Sarian, but also with the Armenian history and culture”- said one of the participants.

Pastoral-psychological assistance of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project is aimed at the enrichment of cultural and spiritual values of Syrian-Armenian youth, and the visit to the House-Museum of Martiros Sarian had its unique place among this kind of events. 

1The World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART) hosted and awarded scholarship certificates to 34 students displaced due to the Syrian and Iraq wars.within the project “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth”. The project is funded by ART and co-implemented by “Aleppo” Compatriotic Charitable Non-Governmental Organization.

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The project responds to the educational and training needs of Syrian students in Armenia by providing scholarships and financial aid. The scholarships are awarded through an announced open call, by evaluating the academic merit, community participation and undeniable socio-economic need of the applicants.

For the occasion of awarding the scholarships ART Foundation hosted the selected students and active participants of the project. Firstly, the youth had an informative tour around Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. They were welcomed at the ‘Ruben Sevak’ Museum by the Director Father Sevak Saribekyan. The museum’s gallery, dedicated to Ruben Sevak, Grigor Zohrab, Siamanto, Daniel Varuzhan and other intellectuals, features more than 200 works of art, as well as personal objects and works of Ruben Sevak. The students were also presented to the exhibits of the Treasury Museum of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The exhibits of the Treasury House have been brought to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin from different Armenian communities throughout time, comprising a vast geographical area. These exhibits come to testify about the skill and high artistic taste of the Armenian craftsmen of different centuries, their unique perception of beauty.

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The students later were greeted by Doctor Karen Nazaryan, Executive Director of ART Foundation’s, and Mr. Sarkis Balkhian, Executive Director of Aleppo-NGO’s. Mr. Levon Antonyan, the Head of the Department for Cooperation with Armenian Communities of the Near East and Middle East of the Ministry of Diaspora, Ms. Anahit Hayrapetyan, UNHCR External Relations Associate, and Ms. Lena Baghdasaryan, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Finance Officer also participated in the event.

In total, as a result of an open call announced in fall 2018, 57 applications had been received. The applications were evaluated by an independent Selection Committee comprised of representatives of ART Foundation, Aleppo-NGO and a Syrian-Armenian student representative. Each application was considered thoroughly, evaluating the academic merit, participation in the project and the socio-economic needs of the applicant. As a result, 34 scholarship holders were selected representing 14 higher educational institutions of Armenia.

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World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation launched a project in close collaboration with “Aleppo” NGO and the Art House training Center in Yerevan. ART initiated training courses of hairdressers, make-up, stylists; catering design, as well as sewing and modeling professional qualification for Syrian refugees in Armenia.

Representatives of ART, “Aleppo” NGO and Art House training center welcomed more than 35 Syrian refugees, announcing the project launch. They were introduced the aim of the initiation, mentioning the importance of learning crafts, as employment opportunities remain a big issue especially for women and the youth in Armenia. This workforce development initiative is to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods and promote the integration of refugees in Armenia through making the socio-economic conditions of the refugee families better by providing them dignified lives. The training courses will be organized for the selected groups of Syrian refugees, particularly women who did not work in Syria.

The other important objective of the project is the continuous psycho-social support that will be organized by the priest for the affected refugees at Church St. Zoravor Astsvatsatsin in Yerevan. Psycho-social support activities will facilitate the process of refugees’ psychological adaptation and the resilience of the affected people. Psychosocial group meetings are being organized on weekly basis.

 

 

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Another phase of Syrian integration and psycho-social support project launched in August 2016 by WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation and funded by Action of Churches Together (ACT) Alliance and in close cooperation with ACT Armenia Forum members ECLOF and UMCOR Foundations. Currently 57 Syrian women and young people from Syria - eleven groups participate in vocational trainings and language courses in Russian and English, hairdressing, cakes and table layout, cosmetology and manicure, as well as fashion design. On November 20,ART in support of the "Aleppo" NGO carried out the orientation meeting of Syrian refugees and experienced professionals of the Art House training centre.


The program aims to promote the integration of displaced and conflict-affected youth and women from Syria, providing vocational guidance, training and practical. The experienced psychologist conducts meetings with adults and children in the "Aleppo" centre every Saturday from 1-2 and 2-3, for solving integration and psychological problems of beneficiaries in the new society.

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