WASHINGTON, DC — The AYF-YOARF Washington DC “Ani” chapter will be hosting a virtual panel discussion titled “Youth Panel: The Diaspora’s Role in Addressing Armenia’s Humanitarian Crisis,” during which AYF Internship Program participants will share their experiences in working with distressed communities following the Artsakh War.
The program will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm EST. It will be live-streamed on the AYF Washington DC “Ani” Chapter Facebook page.
AYF “Ani” Chapter Executive Member Nareg Kuyumjian will be moderating the discussion which will include presentations by AYF Washington Ani Chapter treasurer Kristine Antanesian and AYF Manhattan “Moush” Chapter member Aram Parnagian. Antanesian and Parnagian were among a group of AYF members who recently returned from conducting month-long humanitarian work in Armenia and Artsakh, organized under the auspices of the AYF Eastern US Armenia Internship Program. The discussion will center around the current situation and reflect on ways Diasporan youth can play a part in meeting the immediate needs on the ground. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.
A simultaneous fundraiser will be conducted via the AYF Facebook live stream for the Armenian Relief Society’s (ARS) “Stand with an Artsakh Family” Program.
Antanesian spent three weeks in Armenia working with humanitarian organizations like the ARS, meeting displaced Artsakh families and gathering information to help with Diasporan assistance efforts. A member of the AYF for over seven years, Antanesian is studying psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; she plans to attend medical school upon graduating.
Parnagian also traveled to Armenia and Artsakh last winter, crowdfunding to help families affected by the war and assisting soldiers who continue to stay at their posts defending the homeland. Parnagian is a 21 year old senior studying mathematics at the University of Buffalo.