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UC Divest Turkey Campaign Enters Final Phase

Los Angeles, CA -- On March 14, the Divest Turkey campaign announced that it will formally begin communications with the University of California Board of Regents Office in order to discuss the divestment of the University of California’s…

AYF Statement on Turkish Propaganda Film

We write to inform our community about the film The Ottoman Lieutenant, a primarily Turkish-funded production that perpetuates denial of the Armenian Genocide under the guise of neutrality. We urge you to refrain from watching this film in theaters…

AYF-WUS Call to Action and Statement on Immigration Ban

On January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump issued an executive order to temporarily ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. The Armenian Youth Federation - Western United States is driven to action due to its profound concern over the Administration’s order to pose new, extreme obstacles in the path of refugees and asylum seekers. We strongly condemn this order and call all to action against any effort to wrongly qualify refugees solely based on their faith or country of origin. As descendants of Armenian immigrants who were fortunate enough to have been admitted into this country -- many from the very Middle Eastern nations targeted by this ban -- we believe that everyone should have the right to the same opportunities.
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Youth Corps: Comeback

I’ve been to Armenia twice with my family (2004 and 2006) and once with my 11 class in 2011. The last time I went, I stayed a couple of weeks extra and volunteered at Orran, a center for at­risk children in Yerevan. Those 2 weeks could’ve…

Youth Corps: Melanie Moradi

To say that the Youth Corps program changed my life would be to put it mildly. Every major event changes the course of your life as you know it; Participating in Youth Corps did much more than that. It changed who I am as a person, it redirected…

Youth Corps: Claudia Leist

Life presents us with endless opportunities, and one of the greatest opportunities I was presented with up until now was AYF Youth Corps. When I decided to join AYF Youth Corps, all I knew was that I would be traveling through Armenia and…

Youth Corps: Lena Ohanian

The memories I made during youth corps are ones I will cherish forever. I can't tell people enough how much I miss my kids in Artsahk. How I actually miss being confused when one of the kids would try ask me a question, but I couldn't understand…
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