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Empowering Orphan Girls of Gyumri

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

Gohar is one of our most active and engaged mentees. She has always been eager to participate, but at first, she was not so self-confident, seeming to be afraid of her own opinion. In her words, she had not felt able to defend her right in her previous environment, but Nor Luyce has helped her overcome that feeling. She has become more courageous, more willing to stand by her own opinion, and more at peace with herself.

According to her mother, Gohar has improved her behavior at home and acquired a more optimistic mindset. Her teachers have also positive changes.

During this hard period, this pandemic, we continued to provide all our services to our girls through online platforms. As a result, 389 individual mentoring meetings have been realized by our mentor-mentee pairs. The mentees also could participate in 43 group meetings that allowed them to gain a number of important life skills, they could also prepare the career plans that would guide them later to pursue a degree. Additionally, the girls had a chance to participate in group meetings the speakers of which connected with us from San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, etc.

We could not only continue our program but we could also provide the mentors and mentees with counseling support to go through this hard time.

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Meeting with an actor

Kristine, who joined Nor Luyce as a mentee six months ago, has already undergone a number of positive behavior changes. Kristine’s commitment to the program has been evident. She is one of the most punctual mentees, even going so far as to request extra mentoring meetings. Her motivation, willingness to learn, and desire to take control of her life motivate her to embrace the Nor Luyce curriculum with open arms.

 

Her mother reports that, since joining Nor Luyce, Kristine has become more active, sociable, and caring. Her time management skills at home have also increased, and she has been increasingly able to articulate her goals for the future.

Our Mentoring Phase mentees have attended 350 hours of individual meetings and 12 hours of group meetings in the last three months. Meetings have covered topics such as emotional intelligence, facing fears, and conflict managementDuring those same three months, an additional 24 hours of group meetings were provided to our mentees in the Skill Building phase. Mentees evaluated their own skillset, discussed their personal characteristics, and thought about potential career paths that might suit them. Group meetings also covered broader topics like leadership and work ethic. After completing this portion of the curriculum, these mentees will lead the group meetings for the next group of girls in the Skill Building phase, allowing them to solidify the understanding of the concepts and pass on their knowledge.

Mentees in both phases also had the chance to meet famous actors and producers from Gyumri, who shared their success stories and the challenges they faced during their careers. One of our mentees, Siranush, even convinced her best friend to join Nor Luyce by bringing her to one of our group meetings.

Mentoring Phase
Mentoring Phase
Mentees
Mentees
Mentee giving a presentation
Mentee giving a presentation
Skill-Building Phase mentees
Skill-Building Phase mentees
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After a group meeting

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Before when she would come home, she didn’t like to talk to me. She would never notice that I was sad or depressed. As a mom, I was doing my best to make sure she has my love, attention, and care. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive the same approach from her. However, thanks to Nor Luyce my daughter has changed. It has been only 4 months and I see a big change in her. She started to talk to me. She became empathetic and caring. She even started to motivate me for a better future.” – a mom of one of our mentees was calling to express her gratitude for the change she saw in her daughter. She was sharing her story through the tears of happiness.

During these months, 144 individual mentoring meetings have been provided to our mentees. The meetings allowed the girls to reveal their personal traits, learn about their strengths and weaknesses. For the mentors to be able to help the mentees more, we provided them with 32 hours of pre-mentoring and on-going mentoring training that allowed the mentors to be prepared for conducting a better work while working with mentees.

Along with the individual meetings, the girls also took part in 86 hours of group meetings that allowed them to not only get acquainted with each other and mentors but also to gain a number of skills, such as teamwork, time management, public speaking, personal hygiene, healthy living, etc.

The girls also had a chance to meet with public figures who shared with them the key to their success and motivated the girls to fight for their dreams.

Mentor Training
Mentor Training
A key to my success
A key to my success
Mentoring meeting
Mentoring meeting

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Mentee

"Nor Luyce NGO has provided me with a lot of opportunities. It allowed me to become active, sociable and gain a lot of friends. It has taught me the steps of building the right future for me, be strong, empathetic and be able to accept everyone. For the first time in my life, I could make my own friends, which means everything to me." – one of our mentees: Maya, expresses her gratitude this way. 

Maya has joined Nor Luyce a year ago. In the beginning she was very shy, closed, and couldn’t express her opinion during the group meetings. She was afraid she would say something that would make others laugh at her. However, thanks to the mentoring meetings and the work that her mentor did, Maya became one of the most active members of our organization, she is very sociable and takes initiatives to meet other mentees of the organization.

Nor Luyce provides opportunities not only to the mentees but also to the mentors. As of now, 27 new volunteers are being trained in how to be a good mentor, how to build trust in their mentoring relationship and what expectations they have from the upcoming mentoring relationship.

As one of our mentors: Liana, says: "Nor Luyce NGO provided me with an opportunity to reveal myself, to improve my communication skills with adolescents and with my peers. This was the very place that allowed me to share my skills and knowledge with my mentees, and also gain a lot of knowledge from the organization during the training and group meetings. I can say that Nor Luyce is the second home that inspired me to thrive." 

Mentor-mentee pair
Mentor-mentee pair
Mentees
Mentees
Mentor Training
Mentor Training
Group meeting
Group meeting
Mentor
Mentor

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Anna is one of our mentees in our mentoring phase, which is the first phase of our program. When Anna first started at Nor Luyceshe was lacking in self-confidence and was very shy in big groups. Our first experiences with her showed us that she was very timid to speak in our group meetings and slightly embarrassed to share any of her opinions. As time went on and as we were able to interact with Anna more, she gained the confidence to speak her mind and share many of her opinions in group discussions. Anna has developed a sense of self and confidence here at Nor Luyce that has prepared her for taking the steps towards our next phase in the programs. 

The next success story we want to share is another mentee in the mentoring phase, Larisa. Like Anna, Larisa was very shy and quiet while participating in group settings. Now, we are proud to report that Larisa has experienced a big change within her own self-development and has become one of our more active menteesWhile in group meetings, Larisa now has the confidence to join in, in our group discussions while also starting many thought-provoking discussions with other mentees. She has many friends in the group and according to her mentor, she also makes interesting initiatives in organizing individual meetings. 

Over the past 3 months, the mentees in this stage have participated in 3 group meetings, "Conflicts, Conflict Mitigation Strategies", "All Problems Have a Solution" and "Self-Assessing". 

During the “Conflicts, Conflict Mitigation Strategy meeting, the mentees revealed what conflicts they were experiencing in their lives and how those conflicts manifested. Once they discovered the conflicts in their life, they worked on discovering how to overcome those situations with minimal losses.

The goal of the ''All Problems Have Solutions'' mentoring group meeting was to provide the mentors and mentees with the ability to identify and solve problems. This allowed them to understand that they have the ability to control their thoughts and skill to find solutions for the problems that they face. 

The last meeting was on the subject of self-assessment. The meeting helped our mentees and mentors identify their level of self-esteem and gave them the tools to help measure the impact their self-esteem has on their lives.

Within the mentoring phase, mentor-mentee couples have held a total of 144 individual meetings.

Currently, Nor Luyce has organized English Language classesfor the mentees and all the girls are excited to attend the classes.

Over the last few months, volunteers of Nor Luyce have participated in 2 mentoring trainings on "Leadership" and "Discrimination" topics. The meetings contributed to the increase in mentoring skills. Both meetings were held in a safe environment where all participants were able to speak openly and freely on these topics. This was a space and time provided to the mentors for developing open-minds and addressing all challenges associated with the topics. These trainings allow mentors to conduct better work with their mentees and share their learn knowledge and skills with them.

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Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth

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