GLENDALE–The Armenian Youth Federation-ARF Youth Organization of Western US held its 34th annual convention Labor Day weekend, announced the organization’s Garo Madenlian Public Affairs Office. Delegates from 12 chapters convened at AYF Camp, during Labor Day weekend, for a four-day conference to review events of the past year and to set the groundwork for the activities of the new fiscal year.
Present at the convention were ARF Bureau member Dr. Vicken Hovsepian, ARF Western Region Central Committee member Aram Kaloustian as well as representatives from the ARF Badanegan Central Council, AYF Camp Management Board. The Convention discussed topics of interest including, increasing member and community activism, establishing new means of outreach to a wider Armenian community, coalition building with other human rights organizations and increasing ties of assistance to our homeland.
Lisa Baltajian, from the Phoenix “Kedashen” Chapter, stated that, “Coming to Convention allows the AYF membership to actively participate in guiding the new fiscal year.” She further noted that, “Exchanging ideas and constructive dialogue with AYF members from all the chapters allows us to brainstorm and plan strategically what we will put our efforts toward.”
The Convention concluded with the election of the 2007-2008 AYF Central Executive. The seven person body consists of members from across California and will serve to govern the administrative and organizational aspects of the AYF. The body will consist of the following members: Caspar Jivalagian, Vache Thomassian, Shant Melkonian, Knar Kitabjian, Ara Malakian, Tro Krikorian and Harout Jarchafjian. Speaking on behalf of the newly elected body, Caspar Jivalagian said, "We are excited and reinvigorated to get back to work and look forward to a very fruitful and rewarding year."
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.