Youth Join the Ranks of the Armenian Youth Federation


CRESCENTA VALLEY– Over a dozen novitiates of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) took their organizational pledge on November 23 at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Center–with over one hundred AYF members present–along with a representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Region Central Committee.

The evening began with a pledge ceremony conducted by ARF Bureau member Dr. Viken Hovsepian–followed by a discussion on the role of AYF members in advancing the Armenian Cause.

"If you have come to this juncture–where you consciously pledge into this organization–you have a duty to justify your goal. If you do not work harder–extend your reach further–and dream of greater things for the Armenian cause–you will be selling yourself short," said Hovsepian.

"Make a difference–make a difference not only in AYF–make a difference in life–make a difference in your family–in your group of friends–make a difference all around you," Hovsepian elaborated.

"Even as a novice member of this organization I was ready to give my time and effort to advancing the Armenian cause," said Vazrik Shahoumian–member of the AYF Glendale "Roupen" Chapter. "But by taking my pledge–my dedication is embodied–and has taken on a whole other level; it was a truly touching experience."

Every year–dozen’s of Armenian youth become novices of the AYF–and continue to become full-fledged members of the organization.

"It is of importance to us that our membership be composed of youth who are prepared and understand all aspects of the Armenian Cause," explained Vicken Sosikian–Chairperson of the AYF Central Executive. "That is why we work throughout the year with novice members with the hope that they too will join the thousands of other youth around the world as pledged members of the ARF Youth."

At the end of the ceremony–a standing ovation welcomed the new pledges to the organization. The ARF Central Committee presented the new members with a copy of "Tempest Born: Dro," by Simon Vratsian. On presenting the book–the ARF CC representative explained–"Leaders like General Dro should serve as a role model for members of the AYF. I encourage you to read about his life–and understand the humbleness and modesty of Dro which are transparent through his accomplishmen’s."

"The Central Executive is proud of these youth," said Sosikian. "We are proud because they know very well the demanding goals and aspirations of the AYF–yet–they bravely take grip of the torch and join us as we march forward to lead and serve the Armenian youth–and the Armenian cause."

After the discussion–AYF members took the opportunity to converse with Dr. Hovsepian over dinner.

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