''Girls’ Talk’’: Mental and physical well-being: a new developed program for adolescent girls in Armenia.

Posted September 28, 2015 from Armenia

We have already started a new program with adolescent girls on Mental & physical well-being!

“Girls’ talk: Mental and physical well –being” program is developed with a holistic approach towards one’s well-being and self-care. Through this program participants will receive both theoretical and practical knowledge on holistic well-being. Another main topic of discussion is the theme of “Communication” with different main target groups.

Taking into consideration that the adolescent period is a critical time for the development of an individual’s personality and social connections; we believe that this program will be very useful for both their psychological and physical health, as well as promoting healthy and committed relationships.

The target group is consisted of adolescent girls between 13-16 years old. The training is held every Saturday, in the school. The duration of the program is 4 months.

There are two trainers in the program:

Elvira Meliksetyan: Elvira graduated from Yerevan State University with a MA of Psychology. Since 2008 she has been involved in women rights protection and advocacy. Since 2012 she has been the Adolescent Girls Program Coordinator at Women’s Resource Center, Armenia. Elvira has a lot of experience working with adolescent girls on empowerment and leadership programs. Since 2013 she has been working as a trainer in the field of integrated security, which is a program on development of one’s well-being, self-care and security. Since 2013 she has been a steering committee member of Young Women South Caucasus Network.

Sona Barseghyan: Sona graduated from Pedagogical University in Vanadzor, Lori region with a BA of Physical Training. For 8 years she has been a member of Vanadzor Women's Soccer team. She has experience in training youth, with a concentration on body-mind connection and the impact of physicaltraining on one’s mental and physical well-being and development.

Girls' talk is an empowering program for adolescent girls to help them develop self-esteem and confidence. The program is a safe place for young women to connect with each other, share their experiences and talk about issues that concerns them. This program helps young women develop self-awareness, coping strategies and critical thinking through artistic fun, recreational mental and physical activities.

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Surya Simon
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Dear Elvirameliksetyan,

I appreciate this venture and have to say that “Girls’ talk: Mental and physical well –being” initiative is quite wonderful. I want to do something similar in my community but have not found the time yet. I am very sure that you will have a lot of methods and very interesting ways to empower the girls. I would like to give an idea that I wanted to use to make girls express themselves. I am a researcher in life writing and have found that writing is therapeutical. If the girls can write diary entries at the end of each day or write autobiographical works of their choice, they would have a clearer idea of themselves. Sometimes, writing about oneself allows self-reflection and helps bring about an order in the chaotic events that take place in every body's lives. If they want to share the books or writings, they can which will let the others know that they are not alone in this. I tried this once with my students and each of them came up with numerous ways of expressing themselves or a part fo their live. Some came up with collages, pictures, poetry, image poetry, essay, ppt, etc. Well, it is just an idea that could be tried.

Keep us updated about the program and it proceedings. Post pictures too or anything the girls come up with.

We are all there!



Oct 13, 2015
Oct 13, 2015

Dear Surya, 

Thank you from the deepest of my heart for your warm comment and the wise advice ! I do appreciate your way of thiniking according to writings. I have had an experience working with diaries while working with adolescent girls on their self esteem and self appreciation! And it did worked just the way you expressed its impact on the girls' well-being! Personally I do like writings, it helps me to connect with myself and to think a lot about my own being :)

I do hope you'll have time to organize something beautiful in your community! 

Let me know if I can be useful and keep me updated in general, when you start exploring the beautiful worlds of adolescence!

With warmest hugs