Rosemary Alashaian, Judy Gavoor, and Araksi Dinkjian

Thursday Night at AYF Olympics

We arrived at the Adoba Hotel, the Olympics Headquarters, around 6 p.m. It is good to be in Detroit, the D, the motor city, home to Armenians whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents hailed, for the most part, from Kghi, Van, and Sepastia. It was uplifting to see the Armenian flag flying [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Our car over-packed and ready to go to Detroit

Tebi Detroit

Toward Detroit… well toward Dearborn and the Hyatt Regency… now called the Adoba Hotel. Things change. That is the nature of life. Our car over-packed and ready to go to Detroit There are some things about the AYF Olympics that do not change. What hasn’t changed is the excitement [more...]

August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The author with Ungers and an Ungerouhi in front of the Cathedral at Ani

A Letter to Grandma Catchouny

Dear Grandma Catchouny, How are you? Sorry that we haven’t talked in a while. Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. I’m honored to be the first of your descendents to go back to your home city, Van. It was just one of the many places that I saw on my trip through Historic Armenia, which was [more...]

August 24, 2014 // 1 Comment


Impressions from AYF Camp Haiastan

AYF Camp Haiastan, Thank You for My Second Home By Sanan Malkadjian There aren’t many words to describe the feeling of being “home” again. Emotions rise and smiles become the norm as you make the AYF Camp Haiastan grounds your home for two weeks. Right when you reach the steps of camp, you [more...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Gakavig children’s publication on June 14 launched its two latest CD’s, “Oror Ou Nani” and “Mankakan Donakhagh.”

Gakavig Unveils Two New Children’s CDs

LOS ANGELES—The Gakavig children’s publication on June 14 launched its two latest CD’s, “Oror Ou Nani” and “Mankakan Donakhagh.” “Oror Ou Nani” is a lullaby CD that includes excerpts from the Children’s Bible, presented in enjoyable and entertaining ways for both [more...]

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sona Dagley volunteering with COAF in Armenia

Teaching with COAF in Armenia

By Sona Dagley I am currently studying kinesiology and, luckily, have been placed with the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to help plan activities for the kids in villages, to get them up and active. I originally came to Armenia to work with the Fuller Center for two weeks, but I wanted to make as [more...]

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

U. Vahe Boghosian at Camp Javakhk

Dispatches from Camp Javakhk

Reflections from the First Day of Camp Javakhk By U. Haigan Tcholakian, Counselor, Camp Javakhk Akhalkalak  Mornings in Akhalkalak are nothing short of incredible. Everyone should be so lucky as to wake up to a mountain topped with lush, green trees and to be fed banir, hatz, havgit, mees, and [more...]

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments


AYF to Commemorate Genocide Centennial

Eternal Flame Comes to Philadelphia in August PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—This August, the Philadelphia chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) commemorates the 100th year since the start of the Armenian Genocide, on April 24, 1915. The yearlong initiative centers on the Eternal Flame, which [more...]

July 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dalita Getzoyan

AYF-YOARF Interns Write from Armenia

The following articles are written by AYF-YOARF interns currently in Armenia. *** Home By Ani Sarajian So this is my first blog post. I’ve never blogged, but I’m going to try to make all of you feel the love I have for being in Armenia, even though I’ve only been here for a week and a half. [more...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Eternal Flame in Yerevan, in April 2014

The Eternal Flame

With the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on the horizon, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Eastern USA started a project to bring awareness to those atrocities. The plan involves passing an “eternal flame” torch from Armenia through the U.S. and Canada and then Western Armenia. The [more...]

July 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

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