About us

Dilijan Community Center, a project of “Scholae Mundi Armenia” Charity Foundation, was created on the basis of the Dilijan Youth Center, founded in 2014 by the philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. It started as a platform to engage students from UWC Dilijan College with the youth in Dilijan.

Over the years Dilijan Youth Center expanded  the scope of its activities- implemented numerous educational and leisure programs, capacity building trainings and cultural events- all by the community for the community and turned into Dilijan Community Center. As a result of the hard work over these years Dilijan Community Center (DCC) has become the pulsing heart of community activities for Dilijan.

In June 2020 Dilijan Community Center was registered as a separate legal entity: “Dilijan Community Center” NGO. The founding members of the NGO are: “Scholae Mundi Armenia” Charity Foundation, IDeA Foundation, UWC Dilijan International school.

In July 2020 Dilijan Community Center joined the NETWORK OF ADULTS EDUCATION CENTERS, developed by “DVV International in Armenia”.

Thanks to this cooperation, between the months of August and November, DCC implemented the “Accelerate Communities” program, which aimed at developing the necessary soft skills, creative thinking and lifelong learning among the unemployed in the Dilijan community, for them to be more competitive in the labor market and to develop and implement their own business ideas.

In January 2021, DCC became the 4th Center adopted by “DVV International in Armenia” expressing its readiness to contribute to the non-formal education of adults. DCC shares “DVV International in Armenia”’s conviction that non-formal education of adults encourages their participation in cultural, social and economic processes, as well as in sustainable development and poverty reduction programs.

Here at the Dilijan Community Center, we focus on

Non-formal education

Community Empowerment

Culture

Recreation

Leading Team

Armine Hovhannsiyan

President

Taguhi Kharatyan

Program Manager

Gayane Khachtryan

Project Coordinator

Stella Mkrtchyan

Project Coordinator I “Professionalization of Adult Education in Armenia"

Trainers and Volunteers

Lousine Galstyan

“Louseh” Choir I Conductor

Margarit Voskanyan

“Louseh” Choir I Piano Accompanist

Artur Grigoryan

“Nazani” Dance Ensemble I Artistic Director

Vahan Badalyan

“Dilijan Inclusive Theater” Project Director

Sona Budaghyan

“Dilijan Archive” Project I Editor and Coordinator

Nune Zakaryan

“Dilijan Archive” Project I Content Writer

Rita Martirosyan

Art Teacher I National Center of Aesthetics after Henrik Igityan

Arevik Taymizyan

English Language Tutor I Intern of University of Southern California

Ashod Bzdigyan

Spanish Language Trainer I Birthright Armenia Volunteer

Roupina Alapashian

SMM Content Writer I Birthright Armenia Volunteer