Zaruhi Stepanyan - Project Officer, Vice-Chairperson

ZaraCan you introduce yourself?

I am Zara from Armenia. I am 24. Currently I am studying International Tourism in Armenia and will hopefully obtain my Masters Degree in December.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I am from Khazer NGO which is actively working on awareness raising on environmental issues in different regions of Armenia. However, we also implement environmental projects, such as installation of solar panels in schools, and restoration of river flow.

How did you get involved in YEE? What was your first impression about YEE?

I knew about YEE in 2011. We applied for membership in YEE and I was invited to present my organisation at Annual Meeting. When I came to the Annual Meeting 2012 I was elected as the External Relations Officer and I was re-elected 3 times on that position. This year I was elected as the Project Officer.

What is YEE for you?

YEE for me is the family where I can easily share my thoughts and ideas (even the most crazy ones:) and gain experience in how to "run" an organisation and how to work in international environment.

Why did you want to stay/change position in YEE Board?

As the External Relations Officer I have been working in the external development of the organisation, however not that much on the internal part and on actual work with projects. This position for me is the place where I can develop my project organising skills and can easily share my knowledge.

What are your main achievements from your previous mandate?

During the last three years I have been working on the image of YEE in different organizations and events. Thus, YEE was present at some European and worldwide events, such as World Conference on Youth 2014. We became members of UNEP as well as members of different working groups, one of which is the Climate Change Network in the European Youth Forum. During my mandates we also created the Pool of Representatives.

What is your main aim as a 2015 - 2016 Board member?

This year my aim is to make the work of project teams much smoother and to enhance the collaboration with the office on successfull implementation of YEE Work Plan.

Why do you care about the environment? or What does the environment mean to you?

The environment for me is the place where I leave. I want to see it healthy.

Work plan 2015-2016