The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) is planning to celebrate its 75th anniversary with an event-filled Alumni Reunion weekend. The gathering—which will take place more than a year from now—is slated to run from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19, 2021, in northern New Jersey.
Preparations are underway to ensure that the celebratory weekend attracts as many ACYOA alumni as possible to share in the festivities.
Kim Bardakian of San Francisco and Scott Najarian of Boston will co-chair the weekend, with Shake Derderian of Philadelphia leading efforts across the Eastern Diocese to celebrate the milestone at the parish level. Early members of the Reunion Host Committee include Sue Biramian, Arda Haratunian, Dn. Diran Jebejian and Taline Najarian—with others joining to organize specific events, serve as regional ambassadors, and encourage alumni of all ages to participate.
The ACYOA was born on January 12, 1946, in Providence, RI—one of the early legacies of the Primate of the time, Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, who saw a successful youth movement as the future of the Armenian Church. Throughout its history, at the local chapter and national levels, ACYOA has organized and sponsored Christian education programs and retreats, service programs (domestically and abroad), leadership conferences, social and cultural events, and sporting competitions.
Details of the reunion weekend will be coming soon; but for now all ACYOA alumni should note the date and start making plans to be a part of the celebration. If you’d like to get involved, or become an ACYOA Alumni Ambassador for your church or region, please contact ACYOA75@gmail.com.
Above: A photo of the original “constitutive assembly” of the ACYOA, in 1946.