Los Angeles – The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced Thursday that it has began the planning and organization of the Second Annual Little Armenia Clean Up scheduled to take place on September 25.
The clean up, which is cosponsored by Council Member Eric Garcettiís Office, will begin at 8:30 am with an opening ceremony, including remarks by Council Member Garcetti. Volunteers for the clean up will work to remove litter and unwanted weeds from the streets and sidewalks.
The clean up, a project of the AYF Little Armenia Beautification Program, will include the renewal of the “Welcome to Little Armenia” banners placed on various major intersections of Little Armenia.
“It is an honor to the Armenian American community to have an area of the City Los Angeles named after our homeland,” said Vicken Sosikian, Chairman of the AYF Western Region. “Since October of 2000 we have enjoyed this honor, and feel that we not only need to give back to Little Armenia and its residents, but also to the city of Los Angeles.”
The AYF counts on the support of the Armenian community to make this community outreach event a success. Those who are interested in volunteering for the clean up or contributing to the effort in anyway should email the AYF at AYF@AYFwest.org.
The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office announced that the participants of this summerís AYF Youth Corps program arrived in Armenia Thursday.
The participants, will stay in Armenia and Artsakh for over a month, and spend most of their summer in Stepanakert, the capitol city of Artsakh. The group is working to rebuild the “Soseh” kindergarten and the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Center both located in Stepanakert. This year is the third year that the AYF Youth Corps program will help the rebuilding efforts at the kindergarten and rehabilitation center.
The group members will also have the opportunity to meet with government officials, local ARF representatives, and AYF members. They will also spend their weekends sightseeing in Armenia and Artsakh.
The participants of the 2004 Youth Corps program come from areas including Glendale, the South Bay, and the West San Fernando Valley.
The AYF Youth Corps program, founded after the cease-fire in 1994, has sent over 100 Armenian youth to Artsakh and Armenia to assist in the rebuilding efforts of various Armenian structures such as schools, centers, churches, and youth camps damaged during the war. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the AYF Youth Corps program.
Glendale, CA – The Armenian Youth Federation “Garo Madenlian” Public Affairs Office announced Thursday that it has chosen the seven recipients of the “Nanor Krikorian” Scholarship.
Over 30 Scholarship applications, which were made available to all high school seniors of Armenian descent, were received. After closely reviewing all applications 11 finalists were called for interviews, of which seven were chosen to receive scholarships.
The AYF provided a total of $3500 in scholarships to a total of seven qualified applicants. The recipients were Hovik Dermenchyan of El Camino High School, Talar Kharadjian and Marilyn Keoseyan of Granada Hills High School, Victoria Shpak and Lucinee Tovmasyan of Montebello High School, and Natalie Djabourian and Talar Gurunian of Mesrobian High School.
Each of the seven scholarship recipients have not only displayed commendable academic achievements but have also held roles as activists in the Armenian community, while displaying exemplary dedication to cultural, political, and community involvement.
“The AYF prides itself in contributing to the education of the youth,” said scholarship coordinator Ani Garibyan. “We are proud of the recipients and know that our investment in them will payoff with dividends to the Armenian American community in the future.”
Now in its second year, the Nanor Krikorian Scholarship has awarded 16 graduating high school seniors of Armenian descent a total of $6100. The scholarship is named after a young AYF activist, Nanor Krikorian, whose life was cut short by cancer. Those interested in contributing to the expansion of the scholarship can mail donations payable to AYF to 104 N. Belmont St. #206 Glendale, CA 91206.