4 Central Junior Council Central Camp Committee ConventionCentral ExecutiveCentral Junior CouncilCentral Camp CommitteePublic Relations CommitteeJunior Seminar CommitteeCentral Hai Tahd CommitteeArmenia Internship CommitteeCentral Athletic CommitteeJavakhk Jampar CommitteeCentral Educational CouncilSenior Executive Senior Members and Junior AdvisorsJunior Executive Junior MembersProspective Members
5 2013 AYF-yoarf CENTRAL EXECUTIVE U. Hrant KhatchadourianU. Stephen HagopianU. Raffi YaboujianU. Michelle HagopianU. Yervant KachichianU. Raffi VarjabedianU. Dalita Getzoyan
6 AYF Eastern region Chapters Blackstone Valley “Artsakh”Chicago “Ararat”Detroit “Kopernik Tandourjan”Granite City “Antranig”Greater Boston “Nejdeh”Hartord “Zeytoun”New Jersey “Arsen”New York “Hye Ortik”North Andover “Sassoun”Philadelphia “Sebouh”Providence “Varantian”Racine “Armen Garo”South Florida “Arev”Washington DC “Ani”Worcester “Aram”
7 History of the ayf: Armenians immigrate from around the world to America, organizing small and local youth groupsJanuary 14, 1933: ARF Central Committee of America decides to create national youth organization by combining existing onesInvitations are extended to representatives to meet on July 16, 1933 at old Hairenik Hall in Boston
8 History of the ayf1933: General Karekin Njdeh oversees this under the guidance of ARF CCKarekin Njdeh is considered an Armenian statesman, fedayee, political thinker, and ARF member1934: First AYF Convention held in Hairenik Hall40 chapters attendedFocus: stopping assimilation and instilling youth with Armenian prideFormed the ARF Tzeghagrons1941: the organization changed its name from ARF Tzeghagrons to the AYF
9 History of the ayf 1948: AYF Junior Organization is founded Prior to this, AYF membership age ranged dramatically1951: Camp Haiastan founded in Franklin, Massachusetts1973: AYF is divided into three regions: Eastern USA, Western USA, and Canada1977: AYF Camp in Western region is founded
10 HISTORY OF The ARFIn the summer of 1890, a large number of delegates of Armenian student revolutionary groups met in Tiflis"Federation of Armenian Revolutionaries," which soon became the "Armenian Revolutionary Federation" (ARF)Armenian Revolutionary Federation translates into the Armenian language as "Hai Heghapokhagan Tashnagtzutioun"
11 HISTORY OF THE ARFKristapor Mikaelian, Simon Zavarian, and Stepan ‘Rosdom’ ZorianKnown as the founding fathers of the ARF because of the leading roles they played during the Tiflis meeting
12 COAT OF ARMS Flag – red symbolizes revolution Pen - symbolizes the intellectSword - symbolizes the soldierShovel - symbolizes the workerArmenian: Zee-na-nuh-shan
13 GOALS OF THE ARF1. The creation of a Free, Independent, and United Armenia. The borders of United Armenia shall include all territories designated as Armenian by the Treaty of Sevres as well as the regions of Artsakh, Javakhk, and Nakhichevan.2. International condemnation of the as yet unpunished Genocide committed by Turkey against the Armenians, return of the occupied lands, and just reparations to the Armenian nation.3. The gathering of worldwide expatriate Armenians on the lands of United Armenia.4. Strengthening Armenia's statehood, institutionalization of democracy and the rule of law, securing the people's economic well being, and establishment of social justice.
14 Present day ayfArmenian Youth Federation Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YOARF)Focused on educational, hai tad, social, athletic, and cultural activitiesNon-profit organizationWorldwideOriginated in the U.S. on the East CoastArmenian Revolutionary Federation is our father organization
15 Goals of the ayf Bring together Armenian youth Work in cooperation with the ARF toward establishment of a “free, united and independent Armenia”Prepare youth for future membership in the ARF and active involvement in the Armenian communityPromote amity among all Armenians in order to engender a mutual commitmentFoster nationalistic pride amongst all Armenian youth through educational, political, cultural, athletic, and social activities
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