GLENDALE–The Armenian Youth Federation – Western Region Central Executive held a successful leadership seminar last weekend during which AYF leaders attended a series of lectures and workshops designed to facilitate the development of effective leaders. Important topics pertaining to leadership were covered by community leaders who have contributed to the betterment of the AYF and previously held leadership positions within the organization. Educationals were conducted by Armenian National Committee – Western Region Board member Raffi Hamparian, Glendale City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian, former AYF leader Mourad Topalian, Homenetmen leader Nyree Derderian, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee representative Aram Kaloustian, and ARF Badenegan leader Vahe Manuelian. Public relations, recruitment, networking, fundraising, women in leadership, strengthening Badanegan ties and AYF Activism were among the topics addressed. The seminar included an executive workshop, presented by the AYF-WR Central Executive, during which he relayed the mission and goals of the AYF and highlighted the importance of leadership roles. "Participants of the seminar were extremely motivated after the lectures and workshops. They pledged to take back what they learned to their respective communities to guide and educate the Armenian youth in accordance with the organization’s mission," said AYF-WR Central Executive Chairman Saro Shirinian. The seminar was not only a time for listening, but also sharing ideas. AYF leaders from across the Western Region of the United States were able to share common problems in an open forum and discuss ways in which to address them. This experience created a valuable opportunity for members to learn from each other, build on the successes of one another, and establish strong ties with the Central Executive. "We thank the speakers who took the time to help educate the future leaders of the organization. The seminar would not have been a success without their knowledge and guidance," said Central Executive Member Caspar Jivalagian. The AYF-WR vows to prepare the next generation of educated, capable leaders to properly lead the organization in the decades to come.