Heifer Armenia/Development Principles NGO
By building on the existing capacity of YES! Clubs in Armenia, the YAN (Young Agriculturistsâ€™ Network) project will provide children in youth clubs in the Armavir, Ararat, Lori, Kotayk, Gegharkunik and Tavush Marzes (regions) of Armenia extracurricular training in six subjects: Agribusiness, Ecology, Health education, Civic education, Public Relations and Media, and Logical thinking. Additionally, children will receive agricultural inputs to develop vermiculture, cattle breeding, and fruit tree cultivation. For the vermiculture part of the project, children in each club will compost beds with around 150,000 Californian worms to produce biohumus. For the livestock component of the project, 136 young farmers will receive 136 female calves. Another group of young club members will receive 800 fruit tree seedlings, as well as training in farming skills. Moreover, the children will participate in several exchange visits between youth clubs, which will give children the chance to share knowledge and experience, and participate in team activities. In time, the exchange visits will evolve into active networking events, annual YAN forums, and joint projects among the six communities. In this way, the youth clubs will enhance the childrenâ€™s participatory roles in their communities, give them the skills to propose innovative solutions to local problems, and help them to become active citizens of a newly democratic country.