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APY’s DigiYouth Project shortlisted for Salto Awards 2021

We started the month of November 2021 on a very good note. Our “DigiYouth” project has been shortlisted as one of the best youth projects for Salto Awards 2021 and we have been selected as the winning team in Information and Media Literacy category receiving a 700 EUR prize and a place in the flagship’s projects collection as well as a promo-video.

The DigiYouth project has been developed and implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on young people in Armenia, especially those coming from the most underserved and underrepresented communities. “We decided to design the DigiYouth that will raise the awareness of media literacy and enable them to make their voices heard in digital media campaigns” mentions  Nelly Paytyan, the vice-president of the Armenian Progressive Youth.

As a result of this project, the participants have launched and worked on 4 social campaigns on Facebook and Instagram, 5 radio programs in cooperation with Public Radio of Armenia on 5 burning social topics for the youth of Armenia, as well as an innovative “Youth Talk” podcasting platform opening up a space for young people to discuss, debate and analyse topics of their interests.

In the field of media literacy, we have kicked off our 6-month “Media Literacy Ambassadors” project for the young people from borderline regions of Armenia. Our main goal in this project is to enable our participants to learn and develop their knowledge about media, digital and cyber literacy in order that they apply and multiply their knowledge in their communities through various local events.

In November, we finalized the first part of our Employment School addressed to women and youth from regions and launched the second part of the same initiative. After doing internships and attending training courses in the first phase of the project, the second phase of the project will provide the participants with skills and knowledge to access the labour market. The participants will also receive personalized career counselling by experts in the field.

Moreover, we have successfully finalized our “MoveOn” international project consisting of a training course and a youth exchange in a beautiful mountain resort Aghveran, in Armenia. With this long-term project, we have targeted 35 young people from different European and neighbouring countries, who have learnt special tools and techniques to develop and organize gender-sensitive youth work projects in Europe.

One of the highlights of the month was also the series of “Expert Talks”, which we carried out both online and offline on corruption, higher education, student activism, academic writing, and other topics by the experts of Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

On such a good note we are ending our month and we believe that every good end leads to a good beginning for something new.

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