Apr 5, 2019

Education is our strength

Learning about Professions
Learning about Professions

During these 3 months, we have realized 8 meetings instead of scheduled 6. The girls gained skills in Power-Point presentation, From character to a profession, Career planning, Conflict Resolution, etc. All the mentees made power-point presentations on the topic of their interest and presented them to their peers. This was a great experience for the girls to practice their public speaking and computer skills. These meetings allowed the girls to feel prepared for the next meetings. The girls could also reveal their characteristics through Holland’s career test and understand how much their character coincides with the professions they chose. The girls also visited a number of universities and colleges, such as Shirak State University, Art Academy, Gyumri Medical College, etc. to learn about available professions and the process of admitting the university.

As a result of these meetings, one of the mentees: Zaruhi, has changed her profession and chose another profession that had higher demand in the city than the one she chose previously. Zaruhi wanted to become a hairdresser, however, when she learned about social work, its goals and objectives, about the skills required to get this profession, she got motivated and expressed an interest to pursue a degree in social work. She explained her decision highlighting her own character and interests and how this coincides with the profession. Besides, social work is highly demanded in Gyumri.

Also, the mentees had the opportunity to share their experiences as mentees and the knowledge they gained and the need they have with the representatives of AIWA: Rachel Nadjarian and Mane Mehrabyan. This meeting was very motivating for all the mentees.

One of our mentees expressed her thoughts regarding the program: "Nor Luyce helped me gain a number of skills, such as computer skills, English language skills. This project also helped me to change my character and life. I gained a lot of good friends. With the help of the learned skills, I became more confident than I was before. Now I can go forward and accomplish more things with the knowledge I gained here. I believe this program still has a lot of things to provide me with."

Career planning
Career planning
A mentee
A mentee
Meeting with AIWA
Meeting with AIWA
Visiting universities
Visiting universities

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Mar 22, 2019

Mentoring is the key to empowerment

Group meeting
Group meeting

Our mentee: Hasmik Aramyan, who is in the Mentoring Phase was introverted and shy, she didn’t like to communicate with others and kept herself away from the group. She felt shy to express her ideas in front of the group. Both her parents and teachers also saw this problem in Hasmik and wanted her to overcome it.  

After attending 3-4 individual meetings at Nor Luyce, we could see changes in Hasmik. Now Hasmik can express her opinion and take part in group discussions, she volunteers to help the staff members during the group meetings. Also, her mentor says that even during the individual meetings Hasmik suggests different activities to make their individual meetings more interesting and fun.

During these three months, we could realize 127 individual mentoring meetings helping the adolescent girls reveal their skills, strengths, weaknesses, and taking steps to overcome the weaknesses with the help of their strengths.

Along with the individual mentoring meetings, the adolescent girls also took part in group meetings, titles as “Mutual help: I understand you”, “The fairy world of our emotions”, and “Women reproductive health”. The group meetings allowed the mentors and mentees to learn more about each other, reveal their fears and make a plan to help each other to overcome their fears and troublesome situations together.

Along with these meetings, the girls also had a chance to have fun and gain new knowledge through fun time and activities. Through an intellectual game, the girls revealed their knowledge, gained a new one and competed with their skills. The team who won the intellectual game received awards.

One of the mentors: Arpi Hambaryan, reports that this is the second time I am volunteering at Nor Luyce as a Mentor. The program allowed me to gain new friends, experience, knowledge, and opportunity to work in teams. Such kind of program is very important for the adolescents of Gyumri because they don't have an opportunity to have the safe space to express themselves, their challenges, fears, and hopes, to learn something new and gain knowledge. This program is the right place to move forward and gain successes. Besides, the girls find a good friend and a helping hand in this important phase of their life.

A mentor-mentee pair
A mentor-mentee pair
Hygiene
Hygiene
Group Meeting
Group Meeting
Energizer
Energizer
Our mentees
Our mentees

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Jan 7, 2019

Digital world and the mentees

Mentees helping each other
Mentees helping each other

One day a parent visited our organization asking to include her 15-year-old daughter in our program. However, her daughter was over the age to be involved in the Mentoring Phase. But the mother was insisting to give the daughter an opportunity. So we decided to involve her in our Skill Building Phase. As Aneta says: "During these three months I have learned a lot and gained a number of skills. I know how to write research paper, make Power-point presentations. I know how to give a presentation using the skills learned in the training "public speaking". The most important thing is that I gained not only skills and knowledge but also a lot of friends. I spend a great time with all of them."   

In the program, the mentees learn not only computer skills but also a number of other skills, such as communication skills, teamwork, time management, navigate safely in the internet, public speaking, etc. They not only learn all these skills but they also had a chance to practice the learned skills. 

The mentees chose topics of their interest, wrote a research paper on that. Later they made power-point presentations based on those topics, thus using all the gained knowledge and skills.

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