Apr 3, 2015

Mentoring & Trainings for 30 Armenian Girls

Our Mentees
Our Mentees

 “I have never thought that spending time with a mentor can be both educational, fun, exciting and great.”: one of the mentees said while talking to other mentees. When this mentee got registered in our organization the first thing she said during a conversation about their expectations of the project was that in all the organizations it would be difficult to have fun and learn something at the same time.

During these three months we planned to realize 90 individual meetings, instead we realized 104 individual meetings. Every week the 11 pairs met and set different short-term and long-term goals to solve an issue and to overcome a problem that mentees face. Every month a mentor-mentee work together on a topic chosen by them and they prepare a power-point presentation to present for other mentor-mentee pairs.

There were also mentor-mentee pairs that even met twice or three times in a week. This speaks to the fact that they enjoy their time together and want to do more. Each mentee took part in 9-10 individual meetings.

“You know, Tuesdays are my favorite days of the week. On that day I meet with my mentor.”: a mentee said during our evaluation.  This mentee has no one in this country, her only dream is to find her father and live with him the rest of her life.

Based on evaluations we can say that Nor Luyce is the only program in Gyumri, Armenia that provides every mentee with an individual ‘care-taker’, a close person who is more than a mentor, who is always there to listen to them and give a supporting hand.

Mentees take part not only in individual meetings but also in different group meetings, that help them to become better educated, more involved in team work. During these three months the mentees took part in the following group meetings: “Fears and how to overcome them”, “I want to change the world”, and “The magical world of emotions”. For each mentee we spend $250 per month.

 

Along with the mentoring meetings 15 more girls took part in skill building trainings.

“Both my classmate and my teacher were surprised when I started to explain to them how to write a course paper on a certain topic. And these skills I acquired here in this great center”: this is what one of our mentees said.

These 15 mentees have learnt not only how to write a course paper, but also how to search for information in the internet, how to prepare for an interview, how to write a letter or fill out an application form, what are secretary skills, etc. We have also organized computer skills classes, like Microsoft Office and Paint, power-point and budgeting. We help them to build skills for their future careers. In total the mentees took part in 22 hours of group meetings in these two months. We spent $150 for each mentee per month.

During these three months the number of mentees taking tutoring classes grew. Now there are 6 mentees taking the Armenian language class and three mentees taking English language classes. Some of those mentees are going to enter a university this year, the others are graduating from high school. One of our mentees got 18 points out of 20 on her English language test. Another girl got excellent on her Armenian language test. The other mentees raised their points from 7 to 11 out of 20 on the English language test. Mentees have taken part in 30 hours of English language class and 40 hours of Armenian language class. To help our mentees to study better we spend $180 per month per mentee.


Nor Luyce provides mentees with role models and a solid foundation to become successful young women.

Group Meetings
Group Meetings
Mentor-mentee pair work
Mentor-mentee pair work
Computer skills
Computer skills

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Jan 5, 2015

Mentoring & Trainings for 30 Armenian Girls

During one of the group meetings with mentees.
During one of the group meetings with mentees.

“I am so glad that I am involved in this program. Now I know there is someone who is always there for me, a person to whom I am important, a big sister I have always been looking for”: said one of the mentees approaching me. This mentee is from one of the local orphanages. She was known as a girl full of aggression and was misbehaving at school, but as soon as she started to participate in our mentoring meetings she began to change.  

 Every girl needs attention, especially girls from orphanages. When they don’t receive that attention, in part due to a lack of love and attention from their family members, they become aggressive and start to misbehave. Our mentees seek attention through aggression, anger, and poor manners to fill the gap they are feeling. This problem can be solved by providing girls from orphanages or difficult family situationswith a chance to have a person who will devote a part of her time to them. This person, in our case, is the Mentor. With our program we could involve 11 new mentees this year. These new girls found their big sisters in our project. During these several months we have realized 176 individual meetings. Each mentee received 50 hours of individual attention from their mentors.

“She has changed a lot. She started to pay more attention to her classes and behaves well at school. I think mentoring helps her to reveal her good traits and concentrate on them and it also helps her to feel appreciated“: said one of the school teachers during our monitoring meeting. The change in the mentee’s behavior was obvious even if she took part in the program for only several months. Some of our mentees start our program struggling with school. They don’t study well in their classes or don’t get along well with their classmates. We have found that as we work with mentees and give them attention, encouragement, and an opportunity to express themselves, many start improving in school. When this particular mentee started her individual meetings she found what she was looking for in her mentor and felt more relaxed and calm. We strive to have every mentee feel this way about their mentoring relationship.  

Mentoring relationships help not only to give mentees the chance to feel respected and important but also, they help mentees study well at school, behave well and express less aggression. For each mentee we spend $250 per month.

Along with the mentoring meetings, 15 more girls took part in our skill building trainings.

“You know, yesterday I taught my classmates about communication skills. At the class we were talking about communication and the importance of having the right skills for communicating with others. So I mentioned the most important skills & traits that a person should have while communicating with others. Everyone even the teacher was looking at me with a surprising look,” one of the mentees said out loud during the evaluation.

During these past several months the mentees learned about communication skills, ethics, career planning, student loans and credit cards. They are getting ready for higher education, student life, and living on their own. In two months the mentees took part in 18 hours of group meetings. We spent $150 for each mentee per month.

Three of the mentees also participated in tutoring classes. They received tutoring in English and Armenian languages. Due to the tutoring classes, one of the mentees raised her grades 3 points; instead of 16 she got 19 out of 20 during her exam. As she said, the teacher was amazed with her responses during her classes. These mentees are entering university in June. It cost $180 per month to provide tutoring for these three mentees.

Our program is approaching a problem from several sides. We provide the mentees with mentoring relationships to help release their aggression, we provide skill building trainings to encourage them to achieve their goals and be at the same level as their peers, and tutoring to be able to study better and enter a university. As we continue to work with our mentees and create an educational, fun, and encouraging environment, we hope you will continue to follow us and help our mentees grow into successful women. Thank you for your support. 

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