GLENDALE—The application for the 2019 Armenian Youth Federation Youth Corps summer program is now available!
AYF Youth Corps is a six-week program in Armenia, which consists of five weeks of hosting summer camps for youth ages 9-16, and one week dedicated to exploring the treasures of Armenia and Artsakh.
“AYF Youth Corps was truly an experience of a lifetime. Being able to not only see my homeland but to live in it, and genuinely interact with it is incredible,” said Patil Derhagopian, a 2017 AYF Youth Corps participant. “When I think of Armenia and Artsakh I no longer imagine seeing typical tourist sites, but rather I remember the faces of my campers and co-counselors and the amazing time we spent together. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about my experience and how much I’ve grown as an Armenian because of it.”
AYF Youth Corps participants get the opportunity to go on excursions to landmarks in Armenia and Artsakh including Dzidzernakapert, Temple of Garni, Geghard Monastery, Sardarabad Memorial, Tatev Monastery, and more. The program participants run camps in various regions of Armenia and Artsakh and get a chance to visit the Armenian community in Javakhk, Georgia during their time volunteering.
During the summer camps, AYF Youth Corps participants lead children in learning English, Armenian History lessons, patriotic songs, arts and crafts, and other aspects of Armenian culture. Participants have the amazing opportunity of living with a host family in the cities where they conduct camps.
AYF Youth Corps provides a unique and hands-on opportunity for Armenians from the homeland and the diaspora to build bridges and create everlasting memories.
The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2019, Apply today!
Founded in 1933 with organizational structures in over 17 regions around the world and a legacy of over eighty years of community involvement, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian-American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational, and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.