By Nareg Mkrtschjan
On Oct. 27, the AYF Junior chapters of New England participated in the first AYF Junior Conference in many years. The Boston, Providence, North Andover, and Worcester chapters all had representatives present, and talked about many topics in the organization.
The members ranged in age from 10-16, which helped give the older advisors an idea of what the younger members’ though about certain subjects. The representatives of each chapter put together a yearly report, and shared it with the rest of the chapters. Much praise was given to each chapter on their individual accomplishments, but also on their contributions to others.
After giving their yearly reports, several questions were asked by certain chapters on how they could improve their own chapters back home. Some of the topics raised were member attendance, member behavior, and involvement. Overall, positive progress was made from sharing responses. The chapters then gathered together to listen to a presentation about the recent project that the AYF Seniors planned in Javakhk last summer, given by U. Adam Aktchian.
Towards the end of the day, the chapters all participated in a shortened version of what the AYF Senior Convention is like, with everyone writing certain resolutions and then collectively voting on them. The Junior Convention helped to give the Juniors a sense of what Senior Convention will be like when they move onto Seniors. The advisors were definitely impressed with the comments made by the representatives. The event can only get better and better over years to come.