Why Youth Corps?

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“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” — Robert F. Kennedy.   AYF Canada Youth Corps’ Camp

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 10

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
It was never just a two week camp or an experience that would be a valuable addition to a resume. It’s purpose was never to simply bring Armenians from the diaspora together and hope that their time in Vanadzor and the majestic mountains that surround it will awaken within thier hearts

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 9

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
Emotions definitely start to ring high as our camp begins to come to an end. It is not going to be an easy good bye tomorrow. Fortunately, we were able to occupy much of our time today by preparing for our “last day of camp” ceremony. Every group is responsible for putting together 15 minutes’

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 8

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
Now that we’re well into our second week at Camp Vanadzor, we’ve established close relationships with our campers and have continued to grow and learn from each other. I am inspired by the passion and love these young kids have for Armenia.   Due to the fact that it is my first

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 7

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
I blindly immersed myself into AYF’s Youth Corps program not knowing what to expect. I knew I would fall in love with the campers, yet had no idea how deeply. These campers have taught me more than I can ever teach them. I, along with two other counselors, Palig and Mary, have the largest group

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 6

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
Week two, day one. As we prepared ourselves for the day ahead of us, we realized how happy we were to begin a new week with a group of incredible and talented campers. We began our day by assigning our group of 13 and 14 year old campers the task of drawing their interpretation of […]

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 4 & 5

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
And just like that, our first week was came to an end. We managed to organize and run a camp for over 300 children with people we met just over a week ago. Over the past five days, we have had many educationals to teach our campers about ARF and our cause, taught them basic […]

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 3

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
Having just wrapped up day 3 of Camp Vanadzor, I can already surely say that volunteering in the AYF summer programs is what every young Armenian diasporan should try at least once in a lifetime. As someone who has left Armenia at a very young age, I had never had the opportunity to experience

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 2

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
As an Angeleno participating in the AYF Canada Youth Corps program, I have gotten a lot of “why Vanadzor?” questions. The truth is, I really couldn’t resist two weeks in this beautiful, green, mountainous city populated by some of the friendliest people in all of Armenia. After just two days of

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Youth Corps 2016 – Day 1

Category: Youth Corps Diary - 2016
We arrived at the quiet streets of Vanadzor late at night, anxious to start the camp. One of our group leaders, Unger Raffi, woke us up with the smell of his delicious pancakes. After our delicious breakfast, topped with the Canadian maple syrup from the Duty Free we had picked up at the

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