While each host city has its individual appeal, participants in all cities will experience similar activities that adhere to the same core philosophy of the program. In the months prior to arrival, accepted applicants will have multiple sessions with program coordinators to ensure appropriate placements mentorship experiences and community service projects. Participants wishing to secure their own placements may do so but must maintain communication with program coordinators throughout the process.
Beginning with a comprehensive orientation upon arrival, the group is unified as they help each other navigate a new city and live in shared housing. A diverse range of mandatory and elective activities are planned throughout the six weeks. Each element is strategically devised to enhance the experience.
Activities are designed to provide leadership training, heritage awareness, career development, and cultural exploration. A strong emphasis is also placed on community building and local service projects. This holistic approach develops the empowered active citizens of tomorrow.
Along with the full-time in-person or virtual placements the participants will benefit from a formal mentorship program where they will be matched with local AGBU Young Professionals (YPs) for the duration of their stay. In addition, they will participate in professional development workshops on topics ranging from resume building to the importance of networking. Social meetups, field specific panel discussions, Armenian language classes, and Armenian culture and history sessions will be held for all participants.
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