2015 Youth Awards
On December 25, awards were granted to the non-governmental organizations that won the 2015 Youth Awards contest.
The results of this competition were summed up by the 2015 Youth Awards contest committee, which was created by the order of the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs. The organizations were selected based on the reports on the programs carried out with the support of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The contribution of the submitted programs to community development and youth participation in public life was also taken into consideration. Encouraging awards and certificates were granted to 14 youth non-governmental organizations that best presented themselves in the youth policy sector in 2015, particularly the youth non-governmental organizations that carried out the best programs in Stepanavan (Youth Capital of the Year of the Republic of Armenia), as well as youth non-governmental organizations that carried out the best programs within the framework of the state youth policy. During a meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations, RA Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan mentioned that there was a lot going on this year, adding that though the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and non-governmental organizations managed to carry out several programs, it doesn’t stop there. This year, Stepanavan was declared as the youth capital of the year. The youth non-governmental organizations of Stepanavan had a chance to hold several programs, seminars and courses with the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and this ensured youth activism.” The awards were granted to the representatives of non-governmental organizations by RA Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Arsen Karamyan. The attending youth expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for always supporting them and implementing the youth’s proposals. Moreover, they believe the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs should set an example for several institutions. Narek Varchamyan is head of the Youth Center of Tavush NGO. He was pleased to mention that the youth of Tavush Province are very active and enterprising and that there is no problem with engaging the youth. “I can say that the youth of Tavush Province are quite willing to become engaged in programs. In case of some funding, it will be possible to solve many issues more easily,” the head of the non-governmental organization said and added that this year, Tavush Province carried out a program that gave youth the chance to learn more about the subtleties of the labor market. Let us remind that a couple of days ago, Deputy Minister Arsen Karamyan transmitted the symbolic key from Stepanavan to Gyumri. This year, Gyumri will be active, and there will be a lot of action. “In January, we’ll be holding a consultation with the representatives and active youth o Gyumri at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs where we’ll discuss the plan submitted by the ministry, and we’ll add to it with our suggestions.” The deputy minister believes Gyumri has unique opportunities to convey new air to the program of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs with its potential. Arsen Karamyan took advantage of the opportunity and wished everyone a Happy New Year, wishing them all the best. Mariam Hovuni