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An international, non-profit, youth organization that stands on five pillars that guide its central activities and initiatives.
Hai Tahd (the Armenian Cause) is one of our main ongoing activities throughout the year. We work together with sister organizations such as the Armenian National Committee to advocate for social, economic, and political justice for Armenians in both Armenia and the Diaspora. From silent or audible protests, to ANCA rapid responder letters to public officials, we enlighten the world on the importance of historical accuracy.
We constantly seek opportunities to connect our youth to their heritage through programs that either directly or indirectly engage in the improvement of Armenia. Whether it is Camp Haiastan in the US, the AYF Internship in Armenia, or even Camp Javakhk in Georgia, we aim to cultivate the youth to see their motherland through new and wholesome experiences, bringing them to appreciate their culture and heritage more than ever.
The AYF promotes bringing Armenian youth of all ages together, regardless of their backgrounds to focus on the advancement of social, cultural, educational, political, and athletic causes. These five pillars enable our members to flourish successfully as individuals and teach them how to lead their communities. On our own, we are great, but when we work together for a common cause, our collective presence is indisputably visible.
In response to the given crisis in our homeland, the AYF-YOARF has launched the “Sponsor a Student” initiative to support the school-aged children of Artsakh.
The “Sponsor a Student” initiative has been setup to collect donations to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies. These backpacks are distributed throughout Armenia to the displaced Artsakh youth. All essentials are included to help alleviate these students’ transition to starting school in Armenia.
Camp Javakhk is a program of the Armenian Relief Society Inc. that consists of day camps in the towns within the Armenian-populated Javakhk region of Georgia. These camps are organized and planned by a committee of Armenian youth from the Eastern US. The camp is free of charge for participants.
The camp counselors are Armenian Diaspora youth, who travel to Armenia and Javakhk to connect with their homeland and cultivate bonds with fellow Armenians.
The AYF Internship in Armenia is a program that allows the Armenian diaspora to experience living and working in the homeland for two months. It has the purpose of connecting the Diasporan Armenian youth with Armenia, as well as gaining professional experience and building connections.
This program also allows for participants to volunteer their time for a number of initiates as a group while also given time to travel and see all that the Armenia has to offer.