LA CRESCENTA — On Wednesday, June 25, the Armenian Youth Federation Crescenta Valley “Zartonk” Chapter hosted its annual AYF Youth Corps Farewell Dinner at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Center. There were over 60 people in attendance and the event raised over $1,000 for the Youth Corps program.
The night featured tacos, burritos, and quesadillas for dinner as well as an array of desserts. Attendees were asked to write pieces of advice and farewell wishes on index cards to the participants departing next week. Guests also took pictures in a photobooth.
Afterwards, a presentation titled “A Day in the Life of AYF Youth Corps” was given by Youth Corps alumni about what to expect during the program. The participants were then recognized and given gifts courtesy of the “Zartonk” Chapter.
“The donations we receive from various businesses and members of the community provide a great contribution to the overall growth of the program,” said Arpa Hatzbanian, a member of the AYF Youth Corps Central Council and the AYF Central Executive. “Without their support, services to the children in need would definitely be limited. At this time, we are fortunate enough to include more children in our summer day camp program in Armenia and Artsakh.”
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the United States, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian-American youth.