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.