By Gaiane Melikyan
Photos by Armen Simonyan
28-12-2017
Next stop: Iijevan
On December 28, Charentsavan handed the symbolic key of the honorary title “Youth Capital of the Year of the Republic of Armenia” over to Ijevan, which has been declared as the Youth Capital of the Year 2018 of the Republic of Armenia.

Among the attendees of the year-end event were Head of the Department of Youth Policies at the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Tamara Torosyan, deputy head of Charentsavan municipal community Vardges Chilingaryan, deputy head of Ijevan municipal community Artur Tchagharyan and other officials.

In her welcoming remarks, Head of the Department of Youth Policies at the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Tamara Torosyan stated that this interesting program has helped reveal new things.

“Sisyan in 2014, Stepanavan in 2015, Gyumri in 2016 and Charentsavan in 2017. Each of these cities has shown itself in a unique way. I must set aside the young people of Charentsavan who stood out with their active efforts. Throughout the year, they carried out numerous youth programs that were both republican and international. Today, Charentsavan is transferring the honorary title of “Youth Capital of the Year” to Ijevan. We hope new and more interesting programs and projects will be carried out in Ijevan throughout 2018,” Tamara Torosyan mentioned.

In his turn, deputy head of Charentsavan municipal community Vardges Chilingaryan attached importance to the implementation of such a program, which serves as a stimulus for young people.

“Today we are solemnly celebrating the end of the “Youth Capital of the Year” Program, which conveyed new air to our city. We are transmitting this honorary title to Ijevan, and of course, we express our gratitude to the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, namely Deputy Minister Arsen Karamyan and Head of the Department of Youth Policies at the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Tamara Torosyan,” Vardges Chilingaryan mentioned.

Vardges Chilingaryan transmitted commemorative gifts to Tamara Torosyan and Arsen Karamyan.

During the festive event, Tamara Torosyan and Vardges Chilingaryan handed the key symbolizing the title of Youth Capital of the Year 2018 of the Republic of Armenia (and certificate) over to deputy head of Ijevan municipal community Artur Tchagharyan.

Artur Tchagharyan expressed gratitude to the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and promised that the young people of Ijevan would keep the honorary title at a high level.

Director of the “Youth Events Holding Center” SNCO Davit Hayrapetyan, who always works actively and carries out programs with young Armenians, stated that he will also be working actively with the young people of Ijevan to carry out the activities that have been carried out with the young people of the cities declared as Youth Capitals throughout the years.

Davit Hayrapetyan granted certificates of appreciation to head of Charentsavan community Hakob Shahgaldyan, First Secretary of the municipality’s staff Shushan Sargsyan, Director of the Garzou Art School of Charentsavan Tatiana Saghatelyan, Director of the Aram Khachaturian Music School of Charentsavan Levon Pikichyan and head of the student/youth organization of Charentsavann Gagik Beglaryan.

The festive concert featured performances by the students of Garzou Art School and the Aram Khachaturian Music School, singer Sona Shahgeldyan and others.

So, we will meet in Ijevan (Youth Capital of the Year 2018 of the Republic of Armenia) with new programs and projects.

Let us remind that the goals of the “Youth Capital of the Year of the Republic of Armenia” Program are: • to promote the proportional development of the regions of the Republic of Armenia; • to enhance the faithful relations and partnerships between cities in the youth entrepreneurship and youth policy sectors, as well as at the local, republican and international levels; • to encourage the authorities of the cities of the Republic of Armenia to develop a modern and effective model for youth policy implementation in their respective cities; • to foster the development of youth organizations and infrastructures in the regions.

Gallery: Ijevan is the Next Youth Capital