02 November 2021

Young people improve community life in Spitak through new exciting projects

UPSHIFT Spitak was one of the highlights of 2021 for adolescents and young people in this northern town of Armenia, bringing six new projects to life, completely planned and executed by them. Funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with Youth Initiative Center, the project showed the next generation of Spitak that…, Audio Center, The team was concerned about lack of reading culture in the community and tried to look into the underlying reasons behind it. Through UPSHIFT Spitak, this team found a unique, state-of-the-art solution to the issue: an audio reading station in Spitak park, where people can enjoy their time outside and listen to new authors., Football for All, This team was able to mobilize support not only from UPSHIFT Spitak jury but also from the community administration, parents from their school as well as volunteers for their project. The football field next to their school is now improved and will serve not only students but the rest of the community as well. Next up on their agenda is to start a…, EcoPen, From consumers to caring citizens… This team wanted to encourage eco-friendly behavior in the community and is confident that their eco-pens will make Spitak much more greener next Spring., Community Park, Young people on this team gave plastic waste a new life by constructing and devising art installations from plastic and old tires for the Parni community park, thus highlighting the issue of plastic waste and the need to minimize it or reuse., White Book, If you come across young people in Spitak or the nearby villages that want to talk to you about reading, this will most likely be the White Book team from UPSHIFT Spitak. Their mobile library boasts a wide collection of interesting and modern literature with a bonus invite to a book club discussion in your neighborhood., Football Field, This team from Spitak School No. 8 was determined to promote healthy lifestyle and play in their community. Now they have managed to not only improve the football field at their school but also improve the conditions at the adjacent playground for younger children.   This story was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its…
02 November 2021

UPSHIFT Spitak brings together young people to develop solutions for a positive impact in Spitak

The next stop of UPSHIFT program in 2021 took place in the northern town of Spitak in Lori region. With funding from the European Union, UNICEF in partnership with Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre NGO invited adolescents and young people of Spitak to develop solutions to a range of community issues that they identified. Ten teams of boys and girls…, Audio Center, Audio Center team is concerned with the fact that not many people in the community usually read. The team has tried to find the reasons behind this. The city library is on the outskirts, it is not replenished with new authors or with newer editions. At the age of technology, the team members are convinced that with the availability of audiobooks,…, Community Park, “When UPSHIFT was presented at our school, our team thought about the state of our park. We surveyed the community and found out that the shabby state of the park area concerns not only us and other young people, but other people as well. It deprives us of green space, quality time in the nature and leisure. We are very happy that our project was…, Football for All, This is a team of seniors from Spitak High School that wants to repair and improve the school football field. Moreover, the team also wants to establish Spitak’s first girls' youth football team. “As we are getting ready to graduate, we chose this endeavor as a sign of gratitude and a positive example for the generations to come. We want to convey…, White Book, White Book members came up with another solution to the lack of reading in the community. The team plans to put together a mobile tent-based library that will go around the community, reaching the young and old. Members of the community will be informed about the mobile library through social networks, local media, events, and word of mouth. The…, Eco-Pen, Gohar Ghorukhchyan, 13, of Eco-Pen team, which scored the highest points among the winning teams, explained their concern about eco-efficiency in the community. “We understood that if we aren’t the ones to do something about it in our community, who would? We know how difficult the issue that we have raised is, but we are confident that we can do…, UPSHIFT Spitak in short, This story was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Future Today project and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.