YouthBank is a unique way of involving young people in grant-making within their local community. It is an international initiative, the idea of which is forming decision-making committees run by young people, that later would distribute funding to projects designed and run by young people. The projects address issues and concerns relevant to them and their community.
The group of young community leaders from different regions of Armenia (Armavir, Lori, Tavush, Yeghegnadzor) and Turkey (Batman, Istanbul, Izmir, Samsun, Sanliurfa) will spend 3 days together implementing small-scale confidence-building projects aimed at sustaining the dialogue and engaging in community development.
During the YouthBank event in Armenia, the participants will travel together across the regions of Armenia and visit local branches of YouthBank as well as local organisations dealing with Human Rights and social issues.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.