The AYF Juniors (formerly known as “Badanegan”) is a grassroots community organization for Armenian-American youth specifically from the ages of 8 to 16 years old. As an extension of the AYF and its core values, the AYF Juniors connect youth with their Armenian heritage, and politically and socially engages them with critical issues facing Armenians. With the close guidance of veteran ARF and AYF members, AYF Juniors creates a transformative space for young Armenians in their most critical years of development, instilling in them a passion for service and dedication to their community and roots. With chapters just about anywhere an AYF chapter exists, AYF Juniors is a place where the youth build lifelong friendships with their peers and begin to cultivate their knowledge and passion for Armenian history, culture and politics. Most importantly, AYF Juniors empowers the youth with the discipline, confidence and organizational tools to turn their ideas into a reality — skills that will help them excel in any of life’s endeavors. Here, young Armenian-Americans begin their development into the future thinkers and leaders of the Armenian community.
There are 400 AYF Juniors who meet on a regular basis with their own chapters. There are more than 5,000 AYF Juniors worldwide. In the Western United States interested youth can join one of the 10 AYF Junior Chapters. Aside from regular meetings, AYF Juniors also participate in centralized events including Annual Seminars, Quiz Bowl Competitions, Revolutionary Song Nights, and Olympics.
If interested please e-mail AYFJuniors@AYFWest.org or call 818.500.8883 for more information.