More Than 200 Youth Have Called Camp Haiastan Home This Summer

Campers from all over the United States (and in some cases, the world) descended on AYF Camp Haiastan this summer. They’ve reunited with old friends and made new ones, engaged in a variety of games and activities, and eaten one too many ice cream bars from Camp Store. Camp Haiastan, nestled [more...]

August 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Camp Javakhk in Dzalka

Camp Javakhk: Bachig Battlefield

It didn’t click until our first flag raising at camp in Dzalka, a village on the path most commonly traveled by cows and chickens, that my co-counselors and I were about to be responsible for the happiness and education of more than 100 children. From the moment we realized that many of our [more...]

July 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

A wishing tree on İstiklal Avenue, where people would write down their wishes or the names of their loved ones on pieces of cloth, and tie it to the tree.

Reflections on the Centennial Commemorations in Istanbul

My roommate and I always joke about what things are like in some “parallel universe,” where bizarre things are the reality. For example, in one parallel universe, he is the world’s greatest surfer and I’m in the National Basketball Association. Outside of the former home of Komitas [more...]

July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

An unprecedented 200 AYF members from Montreal, Laval, Toronto, Cambridge, Vancouver, St. Catharines, as well as from the Eastern and Western United States attended the three-day seminar (Photo: Ishkhan Ghazarian)

AYF Tri-Regional Seminar Held in Canada

Over 200 AYF Members from Across North America Attend ‘We survived the past and will fight for our future. A United, Free Armenia.’ From May 15-18, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) of Canada hosted the biennial North American AYF Tri-Regional Seminar at Camp Kinkora in Quebec, Canada. An [more...]

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

AYF members take a group photo with Catholicos Aram I and his delegation (photo: Tamar Kanarian)

AYF-YOARF Junior Seminar 2015: ‘Look Forward, Move Forward’

Memorial Day weekend is meant to be a time to honor those who served in America’s armed forces (though for most it’s a long weekend to barbeque poolside and sleep in). For generations of Armenians across the East Coast, Memorial Day weekend is something different. We often relate it to 15-hour [more...]

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Over 160 youth gathered in Yerevan for the 2015 IUSY World Council. (Photo: Patil Aslanian)

AYF Hosts Socialist Youth World Council in Yerevan

YEREVAN—More than 160 participants gathered in Yerevan May 8 at the invitation of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), the Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, for the 2015 International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) World Council. Titled “An Equal World Is [more...]

May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

A protester holds a sign that reads, "#TurkeyFailed becuase I'm alive today."

Sarajian: #TurkeyFailed, but Our Work Has Just Begun

In sports, players win and lose all the time. Often you can learn more from losing than winning. When elite athletes lose, it can be demoralizing. You feel like you got punched in the gut. All the hours in the gym, the sacrifices, and effort boils down to one thing—not achieving the goal you set [more...]

May 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

The 40-foot long #NeverForget1915 banner became a tourist attraction in its own right.

AYF ER Educates New York Public on Centennial

On Sat., April 25, the Armenian Youth Federation-Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YOARF) Eastern Region took over New York City’s Bowling Green Park to educate and engage the general public about the Armenian Genocide during a busy and high-profile 100th [more...]

May 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

In a show of silent protest, the AYF youth in attendance stood up and turned their backs to the denialists.

Armenian Youth Stage Peaceful Protest against Denialists Fein, Gunter

On Sat., April 11, the Turkish-American Cultural Association of Michigan (TACAM) sponsored an event featuring two heavyweight Armenian Genocide deniers—Bruce Fein and Michael Gunter—at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) “Kopernik Tandourjian” Chapter and [more...]

April 26, 2015 // 5 Comments

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