Armenia: EU4Youth club launches environmental community campaign in Ararat

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

With the support from EU4Youth, members of a local youth club have started implementing their first community service learning project this June to increase awareness of environmental issues in the local population, and to clean up and maintain their local area.

The Ararat SKYE Club (Skills and Knowledge for Youth Economic Empowerment) is one of seven such clubs in Stepanavan, Alaverdi and Gavar, established in September 2018 as part of the ‘EU4Youth – SAY YES Skills for Jobs’ project.

The young members of the club designed a series of awareness raising activities for their community on issues of environmental protection and how these problems can be addressed. They also carried out clean-up activities, with around 20 young volunteers.  The youth club also plans to organise learning and awareness raising events, as well as to develop a video for social media.

The SKYE Club model is an integrated approach to support disadvantaged young people develop the skills, behaviours, and attitudes necessary to obtain sustainable livelihoods and participate constructively in their communities.  SKYE Clubs are groups of young people who meet each week to undergo a learning process and identify community problems, brainstorm, plan and implement community service and social enterprise projects.    

The ‘EU4Youth SAY YES – Skills for Jobs’ project, funded by the EU as part of the EU4Youth Initiative, contributes to the (self)-employability of young women and men aged between the ages of 15 and 35 in Armenia and Georgia, particularly those with fewer opportunities and from the most vulnerable groups. It is implemented in Armenia by World Vision Armenia.

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