Mission: To provide an environment of education, community, and camaraderie for teenagers through young adults, all within the context of the Armenian culture. Involvement with church and social functions provides a feeling of meaning and satisfaction to the participants.
Membership Requirements: Juniors: ages 13-17
The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) ( http://www.acyoa.org ) is the national youth program of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. The ACYOA's mission is to create a greater sense of spiritual culture and tradition and to instill within its members a true spirit of civic mindedness.
Its objectives are:
- to encourage its members to learn, practice, uphold and propagate the principles and teachings of Christian faith according to the doctrine, sacraments and canons of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
- to support and work for the strengthening of the Armenian Church and to promote the study and appreciation of the Armenian culture and heritage.
- to strengthen spiritual and social bonds and to contribute towards the development of a healthy community life among Armenians.
- to enhance and strengthen among its members the spirit of human freedom, universal justice, and brotherhood of men, and devotion to duty as good citizens, dedicated to the service of God and Country.
The ACYOA Jrs. are comprised of teens ages 13-18. Members in this group come together on a social level, perform fundraising activities such as the Palm Sunday Dinner, assist in parish activities such as the Armenian Food Fest and attend regional fellowship activities such as the ACYOA Sports Weekend.
Parish Youth Director: Richard Mardirosian
ACYOA Jrs. Advisors: Paul and Sowgol Zakarian
ACYOA Jrs. Executive Board
Co-Chairs: Veronica Sardaryan and Emma Lopez
Co-Treasurers: David Sardaryan and Andranik Melkonyan
Recording Secretary: Gregory Zohrabian
Corresponding Secretary: Ani LaPointe
Event Sec./Public Relations: Inna Abalyan, Brianna Sarkisian, Jacob Gaborkian