LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Youth Federation – Western United States held its 42nd Annual Convention on the weekend of September 11 at AYF Camp. More than 60 delegates from 11 AYF chapters were present at the Annual Convention, the highest legislative body of the organization.
The organization discussed and analyzed to set an outline for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Topics included the activities of the outgoing Central Executive; the performance of local chapters in relation to their goals and expectations; and the success of AYF initiatives and programs, both locally and in the homeland, particularly Divestment, Youth Corps and the 100 Days of Action.
The Convention also discussed plans to shift from genocide recognition to reparations, intentions to further expand Youth Corps, escalate the divestment movement in order to add more pressure on Turkey, continue finding innovative and long term ways to better the Armenian community and strengthening ties with the Homeland, as well as the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh and the recent escalation of violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border spurred by aggressive attacks from Azeri forces.
The Convention concluded with the election of the organization’s new Central Executive, whose function is to govern the administrative and organizational aspects of the AYF. The Convention opted for a seven-person body consisting of Aleena Sivazlian, Joseph Kaskanian, Krikor Der Abrahamian, Raffi Garapagian, Karnig Barsegyan, Gev Iskajyan and Razmig Sarkissian.
Invited guests present at Convention included AYF Alumni and representatives from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee, AYF Juniors Central Council, AYF Camp Management Board, ARF Canada, and AYF Canada.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.