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AYF Youth Corps 2008 Reaches out to Gyumri’s Youth
May 10, 2008, 7:41 am
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Applications Now Being Accepted

AYF is encouraging interested persons to submit their applications for this year’s new and exciting program.

Glendale, CA–The Armenian Youth Federation’s Youth Corps program will now be giving Diasporan youth the opportunity to serve as summer camp counselors for underprivileged youth in Armenia, the AYF Youth Federation announced on Friday.

The Youth Corps committee will begin reviewing Youth Corps 2008 Applications next week and is encouraging interested persons to submit their applications for this year’s innovative and exciting program. The application deadline is Monday, May 12th, 2008.
Participants this year, will make a lasting difference in the lives of disadvantaged kids in Armenia by serving as mentors and leaders for a summer camp program for 12-16 year olds living in Gyumri.

Youth Corps participants will have the opportunity to tap into their own individual talents and skills to share their knowledge with campers through organized sports activities, computer and English language classes, as well as educational sessions on Armenian culture and society, and the arts. In addition to living and working alongside youth in the City of Gyumri for 3 weeks, Youth Corps participants will also have a chance to tour Yerevan and Armenia.

“Youth Corps allowed me to connect with Armenia in a way no other program could,” said 2007 Youth Corps participant Knar Kitabjian.”My project really allowed me to give back to the homeland.”

The Youth Corps 2008 program seeks to provide direct assistance to some of Armenia’s most valuable and vulnerable citizens, underprivileged youth. The 2008 program builds upon over ten years of AYF experience in connecting diasporan Armenian youth with the homeland in a meaningful and collaborative environment.

Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) has grown to become the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization; with chapters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world. Inspired by our past and motivated by the needs of the future, the AYF actively strives to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of all Armenian youth.

Applications for the 2008 Youth Corps Program are available online: www.ayfwest.org.

Priority applications are due Monday, May 12th, 2008.

For more information, please e-mail: ayfyouthcorps@gmail.com

or call 818-507-1933.
Overview of the AYF Youth Corps
Young Diaspora Armenians have been wondering what they can do to help Armenia now that the barriers have been lifted. The doors have been opened for Armenians from abroad to become a positive physical presence in the homeland. It is now possible for young Armenians to spend a few weeks during the summer assisting where it is needed most, in border towns and war-torn villages in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh. Motivated individuals in search of a summer experience to enrich their lives should participate in the AYF Youth Corps program.

The program allows young Armenians to spend approximately five weeks in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh supplying the manpower to villages where residents are attempting to rebuild their lives.

Aside from supplying real, positive assistance to our brethren in Armenia, participants will experience the homeland in the most meaningful way. Their hard work will become one more building block in the progress of our nation.

AYF Youth Corps participants will spend time sightseeing in both Armenia and Karabagh. AYF Youth Corps participants can look forward to visiting such places as Sardarabad, Etchmiadzin, Karni, Keghart, Kantsasar, Khor Virab, Mt. Ararat, and other sights of historical and cultural significance.

History of the AYF Youth Corps
In 1988 the people of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh began protesting for the liberation of Karabagh from the hands of Azerbaijan. In less than a year guerilla warfare activity had began. By 1991 a full-scale war was being fought. The war united the Diaspora Armenians, leading them to raise millions of dollars annually to support the struggle.

Since 1988, the AYF had an active role in support efforts for Karabagh. Through several large-scale fundraisers, educationals, protests, and demonstrations the AYF internalized the struggle for a free homeland. In mid-March of 1994 while talks for a ceasefire were being held, the AYF was in the war-torn villages of Karabagh looking at the possibilities of providing direct assistance to our homeland. After three months of hard work, hours of planning, and days of communication, the AYF had structured the Youth Corps program. During the summer of 1994 the first group of AYF Youth Corps participants headed to Armenia to assist in the reconstruction efforts. Since then, every summer a group of 10-20 youth head to our homeland to partake in and contribute to the AYF Youth Corps experience.

Eligibility & Participation
If you have the courage to help, you must apply. The AYF Youth Corps is open to all youth over the age of 18 who are motivated and enthusiastic about helping Armenia. This is a unique opportunity for dedicated individuals to make a tangible contribution to their homeland. Participants can expect memories that they will cherish forever and experiences that will increase their understanding of themselves.

The preferred deadline to apply for the summer AYF Youth Corps program is May 12th. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. 2008 Youth Corps applications are available online.

Take the challenge. All that is needed is the will to help.

Download the application
Priority applications are due May 12th.

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[…] ԱՅՕ՝ ԱՅԴՊԵՍ ԸՍԻ posts details of the Armenian Youth Federation’s Summer Camp. The AYF is looking to recruit counselors for the camp which will benefit 12-16 year under-privileged children from Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri. Youth Corps participants will have the opportunity to tap into their own individual talents and skills to share their knowledge with campers through organized sports activities, computer and English language classes, as well as educational sessions on Armenian culture and society, and the arts. In addition to living and working alongside youth in the City of Gyumri for 3 weeks, Youth Corps participants will also have a chance to tour Yerevan and Armenia. […]

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Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

cheers, Backlog!

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