The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) is the official youth group of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Its name in Armenian is “Hayastanyats Yegeghetsvo Yeridasartats Gazmagerboutiun Amerigayi.” It was founded in 1946 by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of America, 1944-1954.
There have been many formulations of the purposes and aims of ACYOA, but the ACYOA Constitution lays out four aims: to propagate the Armenian Orthodox Christian faith among the youth of the Church, to promote the appreciation of Armenian culture, to strengthen the Armenian community, and to promote among its members loyalty to the United States Constitution. Another formulation of the ACYOA’s purpose is the “Five Circles of the Cross” : Worship, Education, Service, Fellowship, and Witness.
We are looking for new members, eighteen years or older who are interested in joining. If interested, please email Alyne Corrigan (the Chair person) at firstname.lastname@example.org. ACYOA Seniors would love to continuously grow and strengthen the Armenian Youth Organization in our St. Stepanos community. The Youth are our future and we need to secure that.