Armenia Service Program (ASP)
We are pleased to announce the ACYOA Armenia Service Program (ASP) scheduled for July 1-18, 2017. 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. Tadeos Barseghyan to lead the trip again this year to help guide our young people on their journey to their homeland.
This summer, we are partnering with the Fund for Armenian Relief with a few service programs and new endeavors. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the FAR Children’s Center and innovative programs such as "Ayo!" They will also have the opportunity to harvest apricots side by side with local villagers to help them prepare their supplies benefitting the village throughout the year. In addition to the service portion of the trip, the group will visit religious and cultural sites throughout Armenia, including Yerevan, Etchmiadzin and Sevan.
We ask that you support ASP by:
- 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.
- 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 $2775, 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 $500 scholarships to the first 20 people who register, which lowers the participants’ price to $2275. In addition, the ACYOA Central Council is also offering up to four, $250.00 scholarships to young people in need that are selected through the scholarship application. Registration forms and nonrefundable deposit of $500 are due on or before March 15. Final payment is due on or before April 15.
You may view the ACYOA website at www.acyoa.org to learn more about the Armenia Service Program. Please feel free to contact Kathryn Ashbahian, Associate in the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-686-0710 X 258 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!