Youth Development

Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.ivanaj-foundations.org

Mission Statement

- to promote and advance the public interest in Albanian culture and education, within the country and abroad;
- to encourage the dissemination of knowledge in Albanian intellectual, juristic, and scientific traditions;
- to nourish the education of the Albanian people about its noble history, and aid in its documentation;
- to propagate knowledge for the advancement of Albanian in the free world.

Main Programs

  1. The Ivanaj Foundation Institute
  2. Publications of Historical Value
  3. GIS ENVIRONMENTAL Project
  4. MY SCHOOL-MYCOMMUNITY Project
  5. MY POLICE FRIEND Project

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Service Areas

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International

Albania, Montenegro, USA

ruling year

1995

President & Treasurer

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Drita A. Ivanaj

Keywords

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Albanian culture and education, professional training, historical documentation

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EIN

13-3810233

 Number

5773481990

Also Known As

The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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I. Projects that were successfully implemented during 2012 and 2013 in Tirana, Albania.
- Our established role as "Gold Partners" in the Kodu Cup Competition, an initiative of Microsoft Albania that on an yearly basis provides students the opportunity to learn new technology in order to create their own video games.
- Our very own project titled 'Albanian Youth for Environmental Education' (AYFEED), a GIS Environmental pilot project that taught students in one middle school how to use GIS technology to learn about environmental problems in the country and ways to overcome them. This project can now be replicated in greater scale in other Albanian schools inside the country and/ or neighboring states.
- A greatly appreciated and well attended Historical Exhibition that included a large selection of archival material was held in our Foundation's premises in Tirana during Albania's centenary celebrations.
- Our newly planned and revised website (www.ivanaj-foundations.org), developed using more user friendly technology, is now functional online, and it incorporates our blog and facilities for online contributions . Its dual version in Albanian language continues to be developed as we go along.
II. The physical setup of our associates: the M.& M.Ivanaj Foundation Institute, a legal entity established in Tirana, Albania, is currently functional and operating on a small scale, waiting for the planned construction of our new modern headquarters to complete in a couple of years. The current well-furnished Library includes books in 3 languages on diverse topics, professional training materials, historical documents, technical publications, and an extensive musical collection, but the future larger quarters will offer technical facilities for networking, training, seminars, and even lodgings for guest lecturers and instructors.
III. Our collaborative network of individuals and other organizations that also includes volunteers in Albania and Montenegro for the implementation of future programs continues to expand.
IV. Our online research to raise funds for the development of current and future projects already in planning stages remains also a constant task of ours.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Ivanaj Foundation Institute

Complete the establishment, within the Ivanaj property recently privatized in Tirana, of a fully functional institution that will support educational and cultural activities (ie: conferences, seminars, special training courses, etc.) with technical and logistical facilities (ie: international networking center, reference library, data bases, etc.) to allow students and scholars to operate in an independent environment for theirs and their country's benefit.

Category

Organizational Development & Training

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Publications of Historical Value

This is an ongoing activity that involves specialists and researchers to organize and prepare for publication of old, but valuable documentations,  already gathered by volunteers, in the field of jurisprudence, science, and history so that they may be incorporated in Albania's educational curricular programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

10000.00

Program 3

GIS ENVIRONMENTAL Project

Environmental education is a subject that is rarely taught in the public school system of Albania. New generations of Albanians are growing up in schools that lack recycling bins, walk home on streets littered in urban waste and constantly suffer the effects of poor air quality while everyone remains silent, rarely demanding change or exercising their civic duties. Through this project we propose combining three key factors that will help break the chain of environmental abuse: civic education, environmental education, and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. By bringing together 40 students in middle schools throughout Tirana for two (2), one-week summer camps where experts will teach them to use GIS technology to learn about the environment in a fun, creative and interactive way, we believe that the students will be empowered to make changes in their own lives and communities. Towards the end of the summer camp they will also receive training of how to implement their own mini environmental projects in their schools and neighborhoods which will serve as a real practice of democracy in action.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

11000.00

Program 4

MY SCHOOL-MYCOMMUNITY Project

The Albanian educational system suffers from lack of engaging and interactive civic education initiatives and is thus failing to prepare students for life as responsible, active citizens. This pilot project aims at increasing the understanding of democracy through participatory capacity building in 4 schools of Tirana, Albania. We propose to create a Committee in each school (2 middle schools and 2 high schools) made up of students, school staff, parents and interested community members that will receive extensive training and capacity building with the ultimate goal of running a successful public campaign throughout the school year; each focusing on one of four major issues currently facing Albania: Democracy, Health, Anti-Violence and Environmental Awareness.
The purpose of the project is to help foster a culture of leadership and increased democracy in the public school system by empowering schools and communities to take action through public awareness campaigns that they design and run on their own. It is expected that it will eventually lead to greater civic engagement at both the school and community level since both will work together in the campaigns that will change the way civic education is currently taught in the public school system, to an interactive, participatory approach to democracy. This project will run for the length of one school year and be divided into three phases to include training and capacity building, campaign development and implementation and project e valuation.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

20000.00

Program 5

MY POLICE FRIEND Project

The goal of this project is to create an environment where greater trust and cooperation can be established between local police and youth in order to better serve the communities in which they work and live. When the public lacks trust in law enforcement or when they fear police officers, they are least likely to want to help and collaborate in solving crimes or preventing crimes. By engaging police officers to commit to volunteer work as average citizens and alongside average citizens; a message about the expanding role of police officers not just as law enforcers, but community leaders and role models as well will be communicated to the public. This message is crucial to gaining the public’s trust and respect which can in turn lead to greater desire on part of the public to help police officers in their mission to make the city a safer and better place to live. This important goal can be achieved only if both parties work to gain each other trust and respect which is consolidated through projects such as this that encourage them to not only work, but play together as well.

Category

Adolescents Only (13-19 years)

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

5500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Albania, Montenegro, USA

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Funding Needs

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Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

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President & Treasurer

Drita A. Ivanaj

BIO

Drita Ivanaj, with BA's in Science and Economics, is a Certified Computer Professional, who had two full time careers: in business management and large contracts administration for the international conglomerate of FIAT, and in information systems and large computer operations at Columbia University in New York. Ms. Ivanaj is the founder and President of The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation in New York, and the M. & M. Ivanaj Foundation Institute in Tirana (Albania), which promote Albanian education and culture. She has been an active member of many professional organizations; has served as an Advisory Member and a Trustee of NAAC (National Albanian American Council) in Washington, DC, and as a Board Member of AAWO (Albanian American Women Organization) in New York City.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Drita A. Ivanaj C.C.P.

Certified Computer Professional (ret.)

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