AYF-YOARF Holds Executive Workshops to Unite Youth Leaders
March 25, 2017 — Three district-wide workshops took place on Saturday, March 25th to unite AYF-YOARF leaders and highlight areas in which they want to improve the organization. The workshops circulated the region and were held in the three Eastern Region districts: New England (hosted by the Worcester “Aram” chapter), the Mid-Atlantic (hosted by the Philadelphia “Sebouh” chapter), and the Midwest (hosted by the Chicago “Ararat” chapter).
The AYF-YOARF Central Executive hosted the workshops and extended invitations to the chapter executives and Junior Advisors of each district. While the event began on a light note with icebreakers and introductions, the attendees and leaders knew that they had to tackle pressing matters.
The three major areas of focus that were covered throughout the day-long convention:
- The AYF-YOARF Juniors: The goal was set to act as role models and exemplary AYF-YOARF members for the juniors, so that they are positively impacted and encouraged to act in similar ways in the future. This is something that we hope to gain through personal relationships with the junior members as well as their parents. A pillar that falls under that goal is to give Juniors members the keys and directions necessary to lead in the future.
- Senior Activism: This area focused on the importance of our entire senior membership, from 17 to 26 year olds, that there is a place and work for us all to take part in. There is a reason why all of our role models when we were juniors were the active senior members in our community, and there is a reason when our older community members look at the youth they look at the AYF-YOARF. The organization serves as a platform for our five pillars; hai tahd, educational, cultural, athletic, and social; and it is our responsibility to uphold each of them.
- AYF-YOARF’s International Presence: With the founding of the AYF-YOARF in the Eastern Region it is imperative that we not only maintain our international presence but also hold it to a high standard. The AYF-YOARF has now spread to a global network of chapters, and the goal is for us all to work in the same direction. Our abroad programs such as Camp Javakhk and the AYF-YOARF Internship in Armenia are ways in which we sustain this presence. It is our goal to ensure that our members are aware and proud that we are all a part of something bigger than our local chapters, bigger than our districts, bigger than our region.
At the close of the workshop, each member was asked which Senior AYF-YOARF member was their role model when they were Junior members. For Worcester “Aram” members U. Rita Bahnan and U. Austin Helie, U. Kenar Charchaflian was a mentor. “U. Kenar took charge of our chapter at one of its low points, and demonstrated that you can do anything from a small community and get your name out there with some hard work,” says Bahnan. For more responses, visit the AYF-YOARF Eastern Region’s Facebook page.
The event was an overall success, and we wish each chapter the best of luck in reaching their goals they set as a united group.