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Empowering Orphan Girls of Gyumri

by Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth
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
Mentee
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.

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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Giving a gift during the holiday festive season is a kind gesture to remember, yet having a big sis mentor for guiding every step our youth takes, well this feeling of care, words themselves do not fully comprehend thereafter.

With Nor Luyce all of the listed does in fact come true for our youth, particularly with your help and yes your support.

When you spread our cause/organization, sharing our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Website, and Fundraising’s you, yes I said you make the dreams of every orphan and low income youth here in Gyumri, Armenia wishes to come true!!!

So here is a great BIG thank you to you!

On behalf of the staff here at Nor Luyce, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, New Years, & Happy Holidays!!!

We wish you all the best life could bring for the year 2019 and forward.

Peace to all!

With Love & Sincerity,

Yours truly,

Talar Lori

Project Leader & Organizer 

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Mentoring training
Mentoring training

"Before coming to this program I didn't have any close friends with whom I could have shared whatever bothered me. When I got acquainted with my mentor, a lot of things have changed. Whenever I have questions or issues, I am calling my mentor. She is always there to support me and advise me. My mentor always brings happiness and smile to my face. Also, through our mentoring group meetings, I met a lot of girls of my age. They are also so supportive, that I don't feel scared to express myself in front of them and they always listen to me.", one of the mentees: Emma, said.

During these 3 months Nor Luyce has recruited 20-25 volunteers, screened the volunteers and provided them with mentoring training. Altogether the volunteers took part in 7 pre-mentoring training. The training aimed to provide the mentors with the knowledge that will ease their work with adolescents. During the training the volunteers first revealed their character, personalities, then they gained skill and methods to work with adolescent girls. The mentors reported liking the training, the atmosphere, and topics.

Along with mentors, Nor Luyce team could recruit also 20 adolescent girls from orphanages and families with low socioeconomic status.

During the mentoring group meetings the mentors and mentees learned about each other, and they could form pairs. As a result of the meetings, we had 20 mentor-mentees matches. The mentors were so excited about starting the meetings that they scheduled meetings twice in a week instead of once. As a result, we could realize 60 individual mentoring meetings.

One of the mentors said: "I love this program. When I heard about this program for the first time, I got very interested in it. I realized that adolescence is the hardest period of our life and our adolescents need our help. In the beginning I was scared that I would not have enough knowledge to do the work, however, with the help of training I learned a lot and gained confidence. When I met my mentee: Emma, I liked her from the first sight. She is a very kind, positive and honest girl. It is very easy to work with her. Whenever she has any problems, we always discuss it together and try to solve the problem together. We meet once in a week, also, during the week we keep in touch via phone. In the beginning, Emma was very closed and was afraid of expressing her idea, but now she easily talks to me and other members of the organization."

Mentors are learning about their work
Mentors are learning about their work
Mentor-mentee pair work
Mentor-mentee pair work
Mentoring Group Meeting
Mentoring Group Meeting
Mentees get to know each other
Mentees get to know each other
A mentor-mentee pair
A mentor-mentee pair

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Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth

Location: Gyumri, Shirak - Armenia
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Twitter: @NorLuyce
Project Leader:
Shoghik Mikayelyan
Gyumri, Shirak Armenia
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