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Armenia Service Program (ASP)

We are pleased to announce the ACYOA Armenia Service Program (ASP) scheduled for June 29 – July 17, 2018. The program’s focus continues to be for its participants to deepen their connection to their faith, identity and homeland. The Armenia Service Program has a long history of providing young adults (ages 18 to 30) a unique opportunity to affirm their faith, discover their homeland and serve its people in a meaningful way. Participants return home enriched and inspired by their experience and eager to strengthen their bond with the homeland and their Church. We are pleased to announce that our Primate has appointed Fr. Hratch Sargsyan to lead this year’s trip to help guide our young people on their journey to their homeland.

This summer, we are once again partnering with the Fund for Armenian Relief and ayo! Participants will be spending a few days working with children at a summer camp. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn more about the FAR Children’s Center and innovative programs such as ayo! In addition to the service portion of the trip, the group will visit religious and cultural sites throughout Armenia, including Yerevan, Etchmiadzin and Sevan, as well as participate in special youth gathering with young adults from across the world.

We ask that you support ASP by:

  1. Promoting the program with your local youth by posting information on your parish website, in your e-newsletters and in your church bulletins.

    Download the flyer and an application for that purpose to help you disseminate the information.

  2. Identify one or more young adult in your parish community to recruit and encourage to attend.

  3. Provide financial assistance as a parish community, when possible. 

The actual cost of the trip is $2650, which includes roundtrip airfare from JFK to Yerevan via Qatar Airways, bi-lingual tour guides, ground transportation and lodging while in Armenia, 2 meals a day and much more through the SIMA Tour Agency. However, through the generosity of the Dadourian Foundation we are providing a $250 scholarship to the first 20 applicants, which lowers the participants’ price to $2400. In addition, the ACYOA Central Council is also offering up to four, $250 scholarships to young people active within the life of the ACYOA and up to four, $250 scholarships from the Nancy Basmajian ASP Fund for applicants that are in financial need. Please note that applications are due by March 15. Late fees may apply for applications received after March 15. Registration forms and nonrefundable deposit of $500 are due on or before March 15. Final payment is due on or before April 15.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Morris, Director in the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at JenniferM@armeniandiocese.org or at (248) 648-0702 if you have any questions or for further information.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the success of the ACYOA Armenia Service Program!

Read the article about the 2016 ASP Trip here.

Read the article about the 2015 ASP Trip here.  |  View Photos

Read the article about the 2014 ASP Trip here.