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AYF-YOARF Eastern Region USA / Community News  / ARS Youth Connect Program Set For March 2 in NYC

ARS Youth Connect Program Set For March 2 in NYC

What better way to connect young people than to bring them together for an enlightening day of information gathering and socializing? The Armenian Relief Society Eastern Region proudly announces its fourth annual Youth Connect Program (YCP), which will be held at New York University on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

This year, the program will offer information and training geared toward social media and how it can be used to further community life and activism. YCP will feature a presentation by Internet business expert and blogger Haig Kayserian. Based in Australia and New York, Mr. Kayserian has founded two international companies and has co-founded six technology start ups. He has spoken worldwide on the topic of mass media and web applications.

The ARS YCP Program Director, Professor Asbed Kotchikian of Bentley University, will lead the one-day educational seminar. His expertise in Armenian history has keenly interested students at previous seminars and  the program promises to be enlightening and educating this year as well.

Participants will meet and greet with a continental breakfast at NYU’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan, at 10 a.m. After an interactive lecture by Professor Kotchikian, students will break for lunch, and then will continue with our featured guest speaker, Haig Kayserian. As always, student participation by question and answer is encouraged. Professor Kotchikian will end the program with an opportunity fair, with representatives of several Armenian organizations informing students about their respective internship opportunities. The event concludes at 5 p.m. and ARS will host students at an evening social for them to spend time getting to know one another. Overnight accommodations will be provided to out of town students.


Registration is required for a fee of $25. Applications are available on or by calling 617-926-3801. Space is limited. Registration is due by Feb. 20, 2013.

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square South Suite 805, New York City, NY


10:00 a.m. – Light breakfast and introduction

NYC lunch

5:00 p.m. – Dismissal

The program will cover lodging for one night, meals and a Saturday evening social gathering along with transportation in the city.


*For information on ARS scholarships, please visit the website.