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Bright Future for Youth
Deadline: October 4, 2020

What is it?

A trust fund to support the new generation of Armenian and refugee entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (YEF) program was launched in September 2020 within the framework of the “Bright Future for Youth” project implemented by WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation and Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO).  

The YEF intends to help youth in Armenia, including refugees and migrants from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Syria, develop their existing enterprises or establish enterprises that not only ensure the socio-economic wellbeing but contribute to the society of Armenia. 

Who is it for?

To give young Armenian men and women the skills for tomorrow and the means to innovate.

The population of Armenia has large numbers of dynamic young people who struggle to realize their full potential due to high levels of unemployment, labor rights violations, and a struggling economy which has been adversely effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today more than ever, we need to realize the economic potential of the country’s young entrepreneurs and innovators to create millions of high-quality jobs, promote inclusive economic growth and stop the cycle of out-migration from Armenia.

The Fund’s goal is to strengthen the employment and entrepreneurship ecosystem for young people in Armenia by providing small grant funding to foster the development of innovative start-ups created and led by young Armenian and refugee men and women.

All youth interested in applying to the program must submit a completed program application.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants:
Youth 18 to 35 years of age are eligible to apply. (Proof of age will be required.)

Must have Armenian citizenship, Legal Residency Status, or Refugee Status in the Republic of Armenia.

Where more than one business partner is involved, the principal applicant to the program must be significantly involved in the management of the business. Not all business partners must be eligible youth, but the principal applicant must be 18-35 years of age and meet all eligibility criteria.

The applicant must be actively involved in all aspects of the business on a day-to-day basis.

Business Ventures:

  • Must provide the principal applicant with full-time self-employment (min. 30 hours a week);
  • Must be based in the Republic of Armenia;
  • Must be a business created for the purpose of making a profit;
  • Must demonstrate through the business plan that the venture has a strong chance of success;
  • Must be an expansion of an existing business or a very well researched and developed business idea.

How to Apply

  • Review the Young Entrepreneurs Fund Application Form (Business Plan and Budget Form). 
  • Submit a completed application package, including Business Plan, Budget, Passport Copy, Charter of Limited Liability Company, Certificate of Company, Bank Account Details of the Company, and CV/Resume of Applicant to Aleppo-NGO via the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the following subject line: Young Entrepreneurs Fund (Name of Applicant)

Funding Amount:

Selected applicants will receive 1,500,000 AMD, which will be transferred to the Bank account of the legal entity (e.g. private entrepreneur, family business, limited liability company, etc.) owned and managed by the applicant.


Assessment Process:

Applications will be assessed for eligibility based on the business plan they submit. The selection committee will be consisted of representatives of Aleppo-NGO, WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation, and other experts.

Grant Program Coordinator will make all necessary investigations in reviewing the application to ensure the information provided is true and complete.

Applicants may be requested to provide additional documentation that is required to verify program eligibility requirements.

Please note: Successful applicants will have to maintain a meticulous record of their accounts, especially expenses incurred through the YEF program, for at least 3 years after receiving funding.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited to present their business plan to the selection committee.

Contacts:
11 Northern Avenue , -1 Floor
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Phone: +374-98-54-53-61

Sona Chovushian and Flora Mirzakhanian are students of the Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, who are doing their internships at Office of the Prime Minister of the RA within the framework of the “Bright Future for Youth” project.


Sona is from Armavir region, she studies at the Department of “Translation and Intercultural Communication”, and has a great interest toward languages-fluent in Russian, English and German. Sona has a huge volunteer work experience, including translation and organizational work, and participation in the Erasmus + trainings.


Sona Chovushian. "Being an active person, I have always wished to participate in various programs along with the university, to try myself in different fields, to find a job or internship corresponding to my profession. However, while studying at university, it is quite difficult to find a job that gives professional growth. Especially now the difficulties have been doubled due to the problems and limitations caused by the pandemic. A month ago I was given a wonderful opportunity to have an internship in the Government of the Republic of Armenia, at the Office of the Prime Minister. For a month now, thanks to the "Bright Future for Youth" project, I have been doing an internship in the Department of “Information and Public Relations”, where I participate in various activities, take down in shorthand speeches of Ministers, study foreign media analysis, do researches, participate in filming, etc.


This month gave me a wonderful experience of working with a good team, having senior colleagues with great experience and of course working and discovering myself. I am sure that the following months will help me to specialize even more and acquire a lot of knowledge.”
Flora Mirzakhanian is from Yerevan, she has graduated from the Department of “Political Science” this year, fluent in several languages, and is a member of the "MITK" Educational-Youth Initiative. In addition to her studies, Flora has participated in a number of extracurricular courses on democracy, media literacy, as well as EU values and human rights, both in Armenia and abroad.
Flora Mirzakhanian. "After graduation of the Bachelor's degree a month ago, I decided to pursue a professional career and find a job, but I came across a reality. Almost all job places required work experience. Yes, work experience is important, but if no one gives you the opportunity to work, how can you gain that experience?
Fortunately, I learned about the “Bright Future for Youth” project, which allows young people to get paid internships. I have already acquired a number of skills in a month, which I am sure will be useful in my future activities, and the work experience gained here will help me move on to other jobs.”
The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.


The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020.

We would like to introduce you Carlos Kouloumian, a participant of the paid internship program, which is being implemented within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project.


Hello…
My name is Carlos Kouloumian, I was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. In 2014, when I completed 10th grade, my family and I decided to move to Armenia due to the war situation. When we arrived in Armenia, I easily integrated into Yerevan’s life, as I grew up longing for my homeland. After graduating from high school in Armenia, I realized my childhood dream and applied to the Faculty of Architecture of the Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction.


It was my dream, as from childhood I have always loved to create and have attended painting classes. Here in Armenia I like the architecture of the buildings and churches, the art sculptures on the buildings just breathe, for me they are unique architectural masterpieces. I hope I can have my contribution to Armenian architecture in the future. Thus, presently, as a fourth-year student, I am already doing a professional internship at the “Urban Unit” Architectural and Construction Company within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project implemented by the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) and the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation.


During the internship, I participate in the works of design of buildings, measurements and etc., due to which I apply the knowledge gained through various university and extracurricular courses, as well as acquire new knowledge and skills. Thanks to this program, I get acquainted with the working process of my profession, common environment, and I believe that soon I will be able to prepare a complete architectural project on my own.
The paid internship component of the "Bright Future for Youth" project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.


The "Bright Future for Youth" project was launched on 1 February 2020.

We are happy to introduce you Meghrig Janesian, our next participant of the internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project…


I am Meghrig Janesian from Aleppo, Syria. Before moving to Armenia, I studied in Syria, majoring in Electronic Engineering.


I left my studies incomplete as a result of the war and with my family decided to move to Armenia, where I was sure I would find rest and continue my studies, which I had dropped out. In September 2016, I applied to the National Polytechnic University of Armenia the faculty of "Information Technologies" as a 2nd year student. I had chosen this profession taking into account the modernity of the IT sector and the job opportunities, which are being increased day by day.


Throughout academic years, I mastered C# programming, as well as HTML, JavaScript, WordPress programs, by participating in courses organized by “World Vision” Armenia, due to which I improved my professional knowledge.


In 2019 after the graduation of Bachelor's degree, I decided to pursue a career in professional work. To take my first steps, I turned to the professional internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project. After an interview and a few assignments, I got an internship at ITHD LLC as a Front End Developer.


During my internship I apply almost all my professional knowledge, day by day I become more skilled, self-confident in my work, as well as gain team working skills. I would like to thank this project for giving young people such an opportunity to lead them to a successful career.


The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.
The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020.

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On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Eurodiaconia, together with its members Diaconia Valdese (Italy), the Fédération de l’Entraide Protestante (France) and our other project partners-the  Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, Oxfam Italia, Confronti, Idos, Piedmont Region, and Safe Passage-are calling on the EU and national governments to ensure support for the development and expansion of Humanitarian Corridors (HC), which provide additional and durable solutions to international and humanitarian protection needs while also facilitating the social inclusion of its beneficiaries.

For many years, a growing number of asylum seekers have attempted to reach the EU by embarking on dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. The AMIF-funded project “Private Sponsorship for Integration: Building a European Model” is aimed at accompanying particularly vulnerable migrants in Lebanon via safe and legal pathways, towards their full and effective social, cultural and economic integration in EU societies, through the implementation of a wide range of pre-departure and post-arrival activities. The project seeks to incentivise the application of durable European integration practices within private sponsorship and other resettlement schemes.

Since the start of the humanitarian corridors project in 2016 in Italy and 2017 in France, 894  sponsored persons have been hosted and supported in their resettlement and integration by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, and 253 by the Fédération de l’Entraide Protestante (FEP) in France. The sponsored individuals and families are welcomed by a hosting network of staff and volunteers which provide guidance and support in their integration journeys through activities such as language training, employment assistance, education, and housing support, and through cultural, sporting, and social activities anchored in the hosting community.

 

What is unique about private sponsorship models like the HC is that they offer sponsored persons tailor-made settlement and integration support rooted in the local context, facilitating a smoother integration and creating welcoming communities. The experience of the project partners is that they ultimately help bring about more positive narratives of refugees and migrants and foster community and societal support for refugees.

As the touching story of Hanna Khoury, a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria demonstrates, the support offered through the humanitarian corridors and sponsoring organisations like Diaconia Valdese have helped him build a new life in Italy. A year after arriving he has learned to speak Italian, he is studying at the University of Turin and is giving back to his community through his work as a cultural mediator with Diaconia Valdese. He recently shared his story with Eurodiaconia in this video. Similarly, Mohamed al-Hassan is another Syrian refugee trained as a tailor who wanted to give back to his community by sewing face masks for Italians during the coronavirus pandemic. His story was recently featured in The Independent. As Hassan explained to The Independent, This is my own way to thank the people that welcomed me in Sicily and, symbolically, Italy as a whole.”

 

As these stories and others featured in the project’s website demonstrate, in addition to EU and national support for integration frameworks, the involvement of hosting communities, faith-based organisations, and other service providers have been key in the long-term and sustainable integration of its beneficiaries.

To find out more about the project and recent activities, please visit the project’s website, or get in touch with Eurodiaconia.

World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Foundation (WCC ART)  and the Art House Training Center hosted a graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries, during which participants presented cakes and sweets made themselves, as well as essays on their origin, preparation and preservation. The jury which included representatives of participating organizations and confectioner-technologist Armen Aslanyan, tested and evaluated the sweet work.

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The ART within the framework of “Dignified Life for Syrian-Armenians” Phase 2 project provided opportunity to 8 Syrian-Armenian and local women to participate in a professional vocational training in pastry and cake making and decoration in close cooperation with the Art House Educational training Center. The program participants have the professional qualifications and secrets of 36 cakes and pastries. Having developed professional skills, they will be able to work in pastry shops, sell home-made pastries, and earn a living to meet their needs and live a dignified life in Armenia.

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Within the “Bright Future for Youth” project, Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) announces an open call for scholarship to support talented students (Syrian, Iraqi and other displaced youth, as well as local Armenians) in Armenia in achieving their educational and professional goals. The project is implemented with the fund of World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Charitable Foundation (WCC ART).
Students enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at an accredited university in the Republic of Armenia are eligible to apply for a coverage of their tuition fees.To apply for a Scholarship program, please fill out the application and submit it with the required supporting documents to Aleppo-NGO. To learn about the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, required documents and other details, as well as to access the application form, please follow this link.

The deadline for submissions is 05 March 2020.

Please submit the complete applications to Aleppo-NGO’s office at Yerevan, 11 Northern Avenue (entrance from Abovyan street), -1 floor.
For questions and inquiries, please call 098/096 545361 or write an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ԵՀԽ հայաստանյան Կլոր սեղան հիմնադրամը շարունակում է «ՀՀ-ում փախստական սիրիահայերի կենսապայմանների բարելավում» ծրագիրը, որի շրջանակներում պլանավորում է ստեղծել հրուշակեղենի արտադրամաս, որտեղ կաշխատեն հաջողությամբ մասնագիտական վերապատրաստում անցած տեղացի և սիրիահայ մասնակիցները:


Վերոնշյալ ծրագրի շրջանակներում հիմնադրամը փնտրում է բիզնես գործընկերոջ՝ Արտադրության տնօրեն - բաժնետեր (կազմակերպություն կամ անհատի) Ով օժտված կլինի հետևյալ հմտություններով՝


• Բարձրագույն կրթություն շուկայավարման, կառավարման և/կամ տնտեսագիտության ոլորտներում,
• Առնվազն 2 տարվա փորձ հրուշակեղենի արտադրության կազմակերպման կամ նմանատիպ արտադրության ոլորտում,
• Միաժամանակ մի քանի գործընթացներ կառավարելու հմտություններ, փոփոխությունները կառավարելու կարողություն,
• Ռազմավարական մտածողություն,
• Նպատակասլաց, պատասխանատու և սթրեսակայուն անձնավորություն,
• Կազմակերպչական և ղեկավարման ձիրք,
• Նոր գործընկերներ/շուկաներ գտնելու և համագործակցություն հաստատելու հմտություններ,
• Թիմի աշխատանքները կազմակերպելու և առաջնորդելու գերազանց հմտություններ,
• Վերլուծական միտք և մանրուքների նկատմամբ ուշադրություն,
• Նոր արտադրատեսակների ուսումնասիրություն ու տեղայնացնելու ունակություն:


Աշխատանքային պարտականություններ՝


• Ոլորտում կայանալու համար մրցակիցների ուսումնասիրություն, տեղեկատվության հավաքագրում և վերլուծություն,
• Գործողությունների ծրագրի մշակում ու դրանց իրականացման ժամկետների սահմանում,
• Բիզնեսի իրականացման համար անհրաժեշտ մարդկային, նյութական ու ֆինանսական ռեսուրսների սահմանում և հիմնավորում,
• Բիզնեսի իրականացման համար անհրաժեշտ նախնական ժամանակացույցի կազմակերպում (Գանտի պլան),
• Բիզնեսի իրականացման վերաբերյալ հաշվետվությունների ներկայացում գործընկերներին,
• Նոր շուկաներում գիտելիքներ ձեռք բերելու պատրաստակամություն,
• Ըստ պայմանագրի այլ գործառույթներ:

Ապագա Բաժնետեր-գործընկերոջից մեր պահանջներն են՝


1, Հայտ-նկարագիր/ հակիրճ մշակված բիզնես կտավ, որտեղ կլինի դիմորդի կողմից՝
• Շուկայի նախնական ուսումնասիրություն,
• Արտադրական գործընթացի կազմակերպում,
• Նախնական բյուջեն՝ կանխատեսվող ֆինանսական հոսքերը (առաջիկա 1 տարվա համար):

2, Ֆինանսական պլանավորում


Որքան գումար (կամ սեփական տարածք, կամ արտադրության համար անհրաժեշտ գույք) կարող է ներդնել դիմորդը ու որքան գումար է պահանջում մեզնից գործն սկսելու համար:
3, Տարածքի անհատույց օգտագործման/վարձակալության պայմանգիր (կամ սեփականության
վկայական, եթե այդպիսիք առկա են):

*Առավելություն կտրվի վերջին 2 կետին առավել համապատասխանող դիմորդներին։
Արտադրամասի տնօրեն-բաժնետերը աշխատանքը՝ մարտի 1-ից:

Աշխատավարձ՝ Կախված ոլորտում փորձից և իր կողմից բաժնետիրական համապատասխան ներդրումից։

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Shaghig Juharyan and Gali Baboghli, participants of professional paid-internships within the framework of the "Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth" project, are having an internship at “Ashn Project” architectural company.


Gali was born in Kuwait, moved to Aleppo, Syria, a year later. In Aleppo she attended the Haigazian National school and later the Karen Yeppe Armenian college. In 2014, due to the war, she moved to Armenia with her family and continued her studies. "After graduating from high school in Yerevan, I applied the department of Interior Design at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, currently in the 4th course of studies,”- notes Gali.

 

“I have choses this profession being inspired by my uncle, who is an architect and whose works made me to be more interested in the field. Along with my studies, I have participated in various professional courses, such as 3D Max, AutoDesk Revit, Archicad, Autocad and etc. I worked for a few months in my profession, but soon left the job because of my classes at university”, notes Gali.


As to why she applied for this internship program, Gali answers: “The goal of applying to the internship was to improve my professional knowledge and skills. I have already learned the right color combination, color gamut layout, and most importantly, I gained a lot of experience to become a good and skilled specialist in future”. Together with Gali, her coursemate Shaghig Juharyan is having an internship at “Ashn Project” company, too. Shaghig moved to Armenia with her family in 2012.


To the question why she has chosen the profession of designer, Shaghig responds: “My father is an architect, from who I was motivated to choose this profession. Next year I am planning to pursue a master degree, and in the near future I would like to launch my own architectural studio”. Shaghig within her internship makes a variety of sketches and is involved in various interior design projects.


“I would like to thank for providing me with professional internship. Previously, I used to apply for professional positions, but to no avail. And this program was a really fine opportunity to gain experience and I hope I can work right away after graduation", says Shaghig with happiness.


From November 4, 2019, a two-month professional paid-internship program has been launched within the framework of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project, for 15 Syrian-Armenian youth studying at Armenian universities. The project is funded by the World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART) and implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable NGO (Aleppo-NGO).

The main goal of the professional internships is to improve the skills and capacities of students and graduates, to enlarge their knowledge in professional field, to give an opportunity to gain work experience, as well as to get acquainted with working environment.

The next participant of professional paid-internship program, which is being organized within the framework of the “Better Future of Syrian-Armenian Youth” project, is Rita Keshishian, who is doing her internship at “Business Angel Network of Armenia” company. Rita, 21, is from Aleppo, Syria, who first time visited her homeland Armenia in 2012, within the framework of the “Diaspora Summer School” program organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora, to spend two weeks in the homeland and interact with peer youth. By the end of the program, the Syrian conflict had entered a new phase, making it impossible to continue peaceful life in Aleppo and Rita no longer returned to Aleppo, and her family decided to move to Armenia. Rita has been in Armenia for seven years. In 2019 she graduated American University of Armenia, the faculty of Business Management. According to Rita, due to the training courses at the University, she gained valuable skills, which she was able to apply during her internship at “Business Angel Network of Armenia” company, where she is involved in project management.


“The knowledge gained by various subjects of the university- market research, accounting, business analysis and management skills- greatly helps me to perform my assignments to the best of my ability,” says Rita. From the first day of her internship, her colleagues have warmly welcomed Rita. She has been involved in the organizational works of the “Neruzh” project and with excitement mentions that she provides communication with speakers and trainers invited to the program, doing translations, deals with their transportation issues, agendas and etc.


"I am very pleased about this opportunity provided by Aleppo-NGO and WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation, as for new graduates it is not easy to find job and this program intended for Syrian-Armenian youth, takes into account the abilities of each youth and provides appropriate internships", says Rita.


From November 4, 2019, a two-month professional paid-internship program has been launched within the framework of the “Better Future for Syrian-Armenian Youth” project, for 15 Syrian-Armenian youth studying at Armenian universities. The project is funded by the World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART) and implemented by Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable NGO (Aleppo-NGO). The main goal of the professional internships is to improve the skills and capacities of students and graduates, to enlarge their knowledge in professional field, to give an opportunity to gain work experience, as well as to be acquainted with working environment.

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