Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri

by Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth
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Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri
Empowering Adolescent Girls of Gyumri

"Before I would join Nor Luyce, I had mixed feelings about the program and was thinking that I wouldn't stay in the program for a long period of time. However, right after the first meeting, I realized I was wrong. A lot of things have changed when I joined the program. I could overcome my fears, I could love and accept myself the way I am, and I have become more self-confident and bold. I gained a lot of friends. Now I can say with confidence that Nor Luyce is an important part of my life and I can't imagine myself without Nor Luyce", said one of our mentees.

 

During these last 3 months Nor Luyce mentees have been provided with 390 individual meetings which his 720 hours of individual services altogether. During these hours the girls had a  chance to understand who they are, what strengths and weaknesses they have, where they see themselves at the end of the program year.

Along with the individual meetings, the girls also had a chance to participate in 3 group meetings with their mentors that allowed them to know each other better, learn about their hobbies, about the challenges each of them face, the common things they have with their mentors, etc.

Along with all these meetings, the mentors were also provided with an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge. They participated in 6 workshops on various topics, such as metacognition, double personality disorder, art therapy, parenting skills, methods of working with sexually abused children, etc.

During this period our mentees also had the opportunity to meet with a number of famous people in Armenia who shared not only their knowledge, skills, and values with the girls but also the steps they take to gain success in life.

 

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Mentoring Training

Nor Luyce has provided the mentees with a safe place to build new friendships for a long period of time.

The girls met at Nor Luyce in 2018, since then their friendship became stronger and inseparable. Their meetings and friendship are not limited only to Nor Luyce, but they also get together, have fun, and walk around the city outside of the organization. They have become irreplaceable advisors for each other; they are always together during hard times and try to help each other to overcome each difficulty. Also, they spend the holidays together, carry out voluntary work, and attend various events. According to them, Nor Luyce has not only become a resource for personal achievements but also helped them find irreplaceable friends.

 

Another mentee: Liliana says: “Nor Luyce presented me with a number of friends. This is the place where I have acquired and will acquire a lot of new skills. I have so many beautiful memories connected with Nor Luyce and the number of these memories is still growing. The most important achievement with Nor Luyce was the mentor that I had for one year who became more than a mentor for me. Nor Luyce is the center of all positive energy.”

 

During these several months Nor Luyce could recruit more than 40 mentees from orphanages, fostering houses, villages, and schools. Along with the mentees, more than 40 new mentors also joined us to bring changes in the lives of adolescent girls. Before diving into the work with the mentees, the mentors had the chance to participate in 17 pre-mentoring workshops that allowed them to gain important skills and knowledge to conduct productive meetings with the mentees. During these several months, the new mentees also had the chance to participate in 3 group meetings that allowed them to meet with each other and the mentees of the Skill-Building Phase as well as with their future mentors.

New mentees
New mentees
Group meeting
Group meeting
Mentoring Training
Mentoring Training
Mentor-mentee group meeting
Mentor-mentee group meeting
Newly formed Friendship of mentees
Newly formed Friendship of mentees
Group meeting for mentees
Group meeting for mentees
Mentors
Mentors

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"Nor Luyce has given me a lot of knowledge and skills, which I will be able to use both in my community and in my daily life. It especially helped me choose a career path, set new goals, and discover new traits in me. I was also able to identify my shortcomings and correct them. It also gave me many friends with whom, I am sure, I will explore a lot of things and I will have a long way to go:” said a mentee who is on the third phase of Nor Luyce.

Hearing and seeing the motivating stories of our mentees, empowers us to continue our mission. During this period adolescent girls were provided with 331 individual meetings and 4 group meetings that allowed them to learn more about their own personalities, form a bond with their peer mentees, and learn about their own fears and strategies to overcome those fears. These meetings also allowed the girls to learn conflict resolution skills and build their self-esteem in expressing their own ideas and thoughts. In the process of building the self-esteem of the mentees, the mentors played an important role in guiding them and providing them with useful tips and knowledge. To carry out their important work, the mentors received the support of Nor Luyce staff through workshops. As a result, the mentors participate in 5 workshops, such as how to work with sexually abused kids, how to work with suicidal kids, etc. that provided them with more skills to conduct powerful and useful mentoring meetings.

The adolescent girls were also provided with 11 skill-building meetings that allowed them to put together their career plans, visit universities and colleges, and lay the path to their future career choice. Skills and knowledge are not the only main components that we highlight, for us, it is also important to motivate the girls with real-life stories thus organizing meetings with well-known Armenians who share their challenges and success and the keys they used to overcome their own challenges. These meetings allowed the girls to meet with 5 well-known actresses and singers that the girls asked for a meeting with. Each meeting was full of warm memories and useful pieces of advice.

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Anna joined Nor Luyce in September 2020. When she joined, her mother asked us to help the daughter to become more social, be integrated within the community, and assist to find interests in life. Since September 5 months have passed and last week when we met Anna’s mom again, she kept expressing her gratitude to the organization, to Anna’s mentor because a vast change can be seen in Anna. Her mom kept saying that Anna has become more initiative, started to express the internet in everything, became very active, and can easily make friends in her community.

Nor Luyce continues its women empowerment activities. During the last 3 months, our mentor-mentee pairs have realized 648 hours of individual and group mentoring meetings. Those meetings allowed the mentees to reveal their strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and how to manage all these emotions. The girls were empowered to change their weaknesses into strengths with the help of their mentors.

As always our program empowers not only adolescent girls but also young women through providing them necessary professional skills: such as ‘The psychology of winners’ and ‘Grief, how to overcome grief and loss.'

Along with the advancement of personal skills, the girls also continue practicing their computer skills and gaining new life-skills. During these last 3 months, the girls were provided with 30 hours of group meetings, during which they learned how to write a resume, what professions talk to their personal traits, they also revealed how to get ready for job interviews, how to be a good leader, how to keep safe from viruses, etc. The girls are not only participating in the educational meetings, but they also have a fun time celebrating New Year, international mentoring day, and other fun holidays.

In these three months, one of the most important meetings was the meeting with famous Armenian singers and dancer- Sofi Devoyan, Zaruhi Babayan, and Sofi Devoyan Jr. These well-known and respected women shared their success stories with our girls motivating them to follow their dreams and not to step back no matter how hard the road to success is.

Mentees with the famous Armenian artists
Mentees with the famous Armenian artists
Group meeting
Group meeting
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Mentor-mentee pair

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"When I joined Nor Luyce I wasn’t that motivated and interested in the program. I had low self-esteem. However, thanks to my mentor, I became more interested in the program, self-confident, and sociable person. Now I love and accept myself the way I am.", said one of the mentees. 

In July we finalized our 2019-2020 Mentoring Phase meetings thus registering 1276 hours of individual meetings. The meetings allowed the mentees to become self-confident, sociable, self-resilient, initiative and they could overcome their fears. All these changes are the results of the hard work of 22 mentors, whose efforts were appreciated through handing out to them certificates of completion. The mentor-mentee pair, who conducted a lot of meetings and were very initiative, received a book as a present for their best work.

As always, we not only support our mentees but we also empower our mentors. During summer we could provide our mentors with various workshops: Stress and how to overcome stress by life coach Melina Sardar, Art therapy by Rojeh Seriani, and public speaking skills and the work of the UN by Shahen Arapoghlian.

In summer while we were archiving all our documents, we could also recruit 25 new mentors. In September we could conduct pre-mentoring trainings that allowed them to learn more about the psychology of adolescents and of children living in foster care systems, they learned how to be a good communicator, provide empathy, and control their emotions. While conducting the workshops, we could also recruit 25 new mentees, who had an opportunity to meet each other in a group setting and set the base for their new friendship.

Along with the mentoring meetings, the rest of the mentees, 20 more girls, took part in life-skills, such as communication skills, time management, and teamwork. While the rest of the mentees, 25 more girls, had an opportunity to meet with a public figure: actress Yelena Borisenko, who shared her life journey, skills, and struggles throughout her professional life. 

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Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth

Location: Gyumri, Shirak - Armenia
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Shoghik Mikayelyan
Gyumri, Shirak Armenia
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