Youth Participation in Community Development: Small in Scale but Significant in Impact

Do young people from rural communities have access to self-development resources? What are the ways of affecting decision-making in their communities? How can they use their talent to bring a positive change in their community? How can they pass the joy from their accomplishments to the larger society? Since 2007, the YouthBank (YB) program managed by Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) gives answers to some of these questions. Forty young people from nine regions of Armenia, eager to learn how to participate in community development, were selected through a competitive process to become YouthBank committee members and cooperate with the Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG) program funded by USAID.