Project: Center for At-Risk Kids (Completed)
 


 
Oct. 2014
Sept. 2014
Sept. 2014
     
   
Project Name Center for At-Risk Kids
Full Description

The Ghoghanj Children's Center located in the Kentron of Yerevan was established 10 years ago and provides afterschool and summer school programs for approximately 75 children every month. Children who attend the Center are loosely defined as "at risk." These children typically come from very poor households, often times with a single head of household, who cannot pay for such assistance. Additionally, these children are not likely to receive proper supervision after school while completing their homework and other tasks. Due to the hard work, dedication and vision of Diana Grigoryan, a PH.D candidate in Psychology, and her staff, the Center has been able to help socially vulnerable children and give them the support and guidance they need to succeed.

The goal of the Ghoghanj Children's Center is to provide the necessary academic, psychological and social support to ensure that the children attending mature to well adjusted, successful, young adults. The Center provides several core classes within their curriculum and has had add on opportunities as funding has permitted. Core classes include English, Russian, Computer, Design, Painting, Theater and Dance. Add on programs have included College Entrance Exam Tutoring, Side by Side Mentoring and Ecology Club activities. Furthermore, 13 of the Center's previous students graduated and are now attending college, proving that Ghoghanj's model works.

In order to further impact more "at-risk" children, the Center has identified a need for this model to be replicated and offered to other communities in Armenia. A second center for "at-risk" children will be established and modeled after the Ghoghanj Children's Center in another socially vulnerable community in Yerevan. The new center will provide 75-100 students the same core classes (English, Russian, Computer, Design, Painting, Theater and Dance) as the Goghanj Children's Center. The goal of this project is to broaden the services offered to socially vulnerable children and families in other communities and provide them with the proper support and guidance needed to excel in school and become self-confident and respectful young adults.

Need Children in a second socially vulnerable community in Yerevan are in need of additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support, but are too far to be able to attend the Ghoghanj Children's Center located in the Kentron of Yerevan. A second Center for "at-risk" kids is needed in order to provide these children with the opportunity to attend afterschool and summer school programs close to their homes. Furthermore, these children will be able gain additional skills necessary for a successful future.
Category

Education, Development

Start Date 3 months after funding
End Date 1 year from start date
Region Yerevan
City/Village Yerevan
Partner/s Ghoghanj Children's Center/Diana Grigoryan
Sponsor/s Open to the public
Project Budget $20,000
Amount Needed $0
Short Term Impact The short-term impact of this project will be to establish a second Center for At-Risk Kids in another socially vulnerable community in Yerevan and will serve 75-100 new students. In addition, the new Center will offer core classes including English, Russian, Computer, Design, Painting, Theater and Dance. Instructors will be immediately employed to help instruct and oversee these courses.
Long Term Impact In the long term, this project has the potential of impacting the lives of 75-100 at-risk students by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.
Sponsor Benefit Your donation to sponsor the construction of a new Center for At-Risk Kids will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center's website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project.  The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the new Center for At-Risk Kids when you are in Armenia
Link http://www.parosfoundation.org/
 

Send your donations through PayPal to account@paros-foundation.org

Or send checks made out to "The Paros Foundation" to:

The Paros Foundation,
918 Parker Street, A14,
Berkeley, CA  94710

 


Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsor(s) for their support of this project:
2014
Dadourian Foundation (NY-USA)


This project needs $0 to be fully implemented.


Media about this Project
The California Courier; Dec. 25, 2014

Sponsor Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the construction of a new Center for At-Risk Kids will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center's website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the new Center for At-Risk Kids when you are in Armenia