AYF Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Vahan Hovannesian
Los Angeles- The Armenian Youth Federation of the Western United States was pleased to welcome 2008 Armenian Presidential Candidate Vahan Hovannesian to Ferrahian High School on Sunday to meet with Armenian-American youth and answer questions they had regarding current issues affecting Armenia as well as the Diaspora.
In his opening remarks Mr. Hovannesian emphasized that meeting with the youth was the most valuable meeting he had during his weeklong visit to the United States, simply because the youth are the future of our nation. Hovannesian, who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly, as well as an ARF Bureau member, addresses a crowd of over 150 youth in an unprecedented discussion session.
“For the first time, we have an Armenian presidential candidate who has recognized the importance of the Diaspora, especially the youth, and who has taken the time to talk to them” noted attendee Talar Boyajian.
During the 2 hour gathering AYF Central Executive member Tro Krikorian posed questions to Mr. Hovannesian, submitted by AYF members in advance. Audience members were also given an opportunity to submit additional questions on the spot. The topics addressed were on a broad range of issues, from the new laws pertaining to dual citizenship, to corruption in Armenian government, to the Karabagh peace process.
“Continually engaging our youth and our student community to learn more, ask more and demand more from our leadership in Armenia is one way we can secure a brighter future for our homeland” asserted AYF Central Executive Chairman Caspar Jivalagian. “We appreciate the foresight shown by Mr. Hovannesian in addressing concerns of the youth. Even though we will not be able to directly participate in the upcoming presidential elections, we will certainly continue to concern ourselves with the issues that affect Armenians and the platforms of all potential leadership candidates” continued Jivalagian.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) has grown to become the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization; with chapters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world. Inspired by our past and motivated by the needs of the future, the AYF actively strives to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of all Armenian youth.