Young People of Gyumri Speak UPSHIFT
To all adolescents in Armenia and in the world that if you have ideas, if you think differently, if you have the will, then you can bring changes to your community
On September 11, UNICEF and the Youth Initiative Center in Gyumri launched UPSHIFT final closing exhibition at the Gyumri Technology Center.
“It’s a big day- 1st phase of the UPSHIFT Armenia project is over. It was a very interesting journey and we want to say to all adolescents in Armenia and in the world that if you have ideas, if you think differently, if you have the will, then you can bring changes to your community and make it a better place to live in.”
“The excitement among UPSHIFT-ers was thrilling. This is the first major wave to bring about changes in the community and hence in the country. We are happy that UPSHIFT started its journey from Gyumri. We now proudly pass on the torch to other communities to thrive.”
“UPSHIFT is the best bridge to connect the community and adolescents. It makes young people to believe in themselves, be confident, be active, start learning and working, and most importantly, to speak up and stand up for their communities.”
“You want to live in a clean environment? Then stop using polyethylene bags and start using eco bags made from cotton and/or paper. If you don’t have it, make it yourself. It’s pretty easy!”
“We collected 6-7 trucks load of garbage from the Gyumri river. Don’t throw your garbage into the river! Be eco-friendly and have eco-consciousness!.”
“We became best friends, we learned how to design a project and budget for it, how to estimate the risks and, most importantly, how to motivate our friends and people around us to become activists and do good.”
“After a one-month struggle we finally managed to design our project. In addition to other important skills, I want to emphasize that the main skill that I armed myself with is teamwork.”
“You can’t locate the museum you want to visit in Gyumri? Then open the Smart map app and then you’ll easily find it in the list of museums. Together we can create a smart Gyumri.”
If you are not yet inspired by the young people of UPSHIFT, here’s some positive energy from the amazing young artists of Nexus Center!