GLENDALE–The Armenian Youth Federation Western Region (AYF-WR) has begun accepting applications for the 2010 session of its Youth Corps summer program in Gyumri, Armenia. The program is open to all youth over the age of 18 who are motivated and enthusiastic about helping the Homeland. The deadline to apply is April 12, 2010.
The application is available at: www.ayfwest.org/youthcorps.
“Imagine your summer filled with breath-taking landscape, food that entices your senses, monumental structures, endless laughter, meeting locals that will offer everything in their household to you, and taking on the responsibility of being a mentor to a group of children thousands of miles away,” said 2009 Youth Corps participant Sanan Haroun. “Reality transcends imagination when you find yourself at Youth Corps’ Camp Gyumri.”
The program gives young Armenians in the Diaspora a unique opportunity to connect with Armenians in the Homeland while volunteering at a summer day-camp operated by the AYF for underprivileged youth in Gyumri. Last summer, Youth Corps volunteers served as counselors at Camp Gyumri, overseeing a group of nearly 150 campers. This summer, Camp Gyumri will continue the program’s 15 year tradition of empowering young Diasporans to take on a more direct role in the nation-building process in Armenia.
More information about the AYF Youth Corps program is available by calling (818)507-1933 or e-mailing [email protected] The current issue of Haytoug Magazine spotlighted Youth Corps’ 2009 program, the story is available online at Haytoug.org.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), with chapters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, has grown to become the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization. Inspired by the 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.