Armenia Service Program (ASP)
The Armenia Service Program(ASP) provides young adults an opportunity to travel to their homeland to not only tour, but to give back to their brothers and sisters in Armenia. This trip is truly a pilgrimage in which hundreds of ACYOA members have felt a connection to their Armenian heritage that continues to inspire them throughout their lives.
The program began in the 1970's and was called the Armenia Studies Program. ACYOA members would travel to Armenian for educaitonal purposes. Several years ago, as need for aid in Armenia grew, the course of the trip changed from studies to service. For many years, the service portion of the trip included acting as counselors and teachers at camp Siranoosh in Yeghegnadzor, a camp for underprivileged children from the villages in Armenia. The ASP recently joined Habitat for Humanity, which has been making a considerable impact in Armenia, to build homes for a better, stronger homeland.
Explore your roots with the Armenia Service Program
We are pleased to announce that the ACYOA 2014 Armenia Service Program is scheduled for July 1-20. The focus of this year's program is for its participants to deepen their connection of their 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.
This summer, we are partnering with the Fund for Armenian Relief for a service program which will take place in the Vanadzor region. Participants will be working with children at a summer camp and the elderly at a nearby old age home. 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, Sevan and Vanadzor.
We are asking parishes and ACYOA chapters to provide financial support for their members that are interested in registering for the program. The Central Council is also offering a limited number of scholarships to young people in need .
Applications are due by March 15 to secure the participant's fee of $2,850. Late fees will apply for applications received after March 15.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Armenia Service Program, please contact Jennifer Morris, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 248-648-0702.