Open World

Open World

CYSCA has hosted four programs in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively.  Open World is a congressionally sponsored program that brings emerging leaders from post-Soviet republics to the United States to get them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise.  This program is the only federal legislative exchange program in the U.S.  It focuses on developing an international leadership network through which professional counterparts with mutual interests are able to consult and cooperate with each other on issues affecting their communities. In 2013, we hosted a delegation of young Armenian professional women in the field of NGO Management and Civic Participation.

(from l to r) Siranush Hovakimyan, Ruzan Mkrtchyan, Narine Tahmazyan, Ruzanna Sargsyan, Gayane Mheryan

(from l to r) Siranush Hovakimyan, Ruzan Mkrtchyan, Narine Tahmazyan, Ruzanna Sargsyan, Gayane Mheryan

In 2014, we hosted a second group, also of women, in the field of Accountable Governance – Women in Politics.

(from l to r) Artyom Geghamyan, Jack Medzorian, Violetta Hovhannisyan, Nune Sakanyan, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Anahit Beglaryan, Sona Minasyan, Lilit Seyranyan, Anna Shahnazaryan

(from l to r) Artyom Geghamyan, Jack Medzorian, Violetta Hovhannisyan, Nune Sakanyan, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Anahit Beglaryan, Sona Minasyan, Lilit Seyranyan, Anna Shahnazaryan

In 2016, we hosted a third group, also of women, in the field of social inclusion and disabilities.

Governor Michael Dukakis speaking at CYSCA panel (photo credit: Aram Arkun/Armenian Mirror-Spectator)

Governor Michael Dukakis speaking at CYSCA panel (photo credit: Aram Arkun/Armenian Mirror-Spectator)

In 2017, we hosted a fourth group, also of women, in the field of media literacy education.  All groups were quite successful, learned a great deal, and created relationships for the future.