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[FAR Children’s Center]: Generous Gift from YPT Alumni to Improve the FAR Children’s Center standard

July 3rd turned into a joyful day for the more than 30 kids of the FAR Children’s Center when Young Professionals Trip alumni came by for a visit. All were visiting Armenia and they decided to once again observe FAR’s projects firsthand. Center staff toured their special guests around the facility, who then spent several hours playing with the kids. The group brought balls, stuffed animals, stickers, board games and painting materials with them, which made the kids even happier to have visitors. “Everyone was thrilled with the chance to see FAR’s work first hand!” said Martha Mensoian, the YPT alumnus who initiated the trip to the Children’s Center, following the visit. In fact, the group was so impressed that ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: YPT Alumni Reunite in NYC standard

Recently, FAR hosted a reunion for the Young Professionals Trip’s alumni in New York City. On May 29th, several alumni gathered on the Diocesan Plaza for a night of great music, delicious food, and engaging conversation. Participants from trips as far back as 1996 shared their experiences – allowing each other to track the progression of the trips. As guests joyfully reminisced to their time in Armenia, they were also introduced to a new way of engaging in positive development in Armenia: FAR’s crowdfunding platform and civic initiative Ayo! raises funds for local solutions to local challenges in Armenia and implements these projects through FAR. The Young Professionals Trip (YPT) serves to bring together the diasporan community to discover their own ...

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[YPT]: The Most Resilient, Resourceful, and Obstinate People standard

by Adam Rosenblatt My first experience of Armenia on the FAR Young Professionals trip was nothing short of profound, in all ways. 10 years ago, I was only dimly aware of Armenia’s existence at all. My closest point of reference for the entirety of Armenian culture was Serj Tankian and System of a Down. I began my rather rapid education of all things Armenian in 2010 when I started dating the girl who would eventually be my wife. She lived the first years of her life in Yerevan, and has visited regularly since leaving. She would often make comments like “These bell peppers are nothing like the ones in Armenia,” or “This bread reminds me of Armenian Matnakash, only Matnakash ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: FAR Young Professionals Visits to GTech standard

On July 13, 2013 FAR’s Young Professionals visited GTech. GTech Executive Director Amalya Yeghoyan welcomed the guests from the USA, Argentina, and Belgium and gave them a tour of the facilities. During their visit, the YPs met with GTech staff, instructors, and students, and learned about GTech’s role in IT development in Gyumri. The group met with GTech Solutions team members, learned about their current projects, and even learned some details about Search Engine Optimization from GTech specialists. The guests also happened to be visiting on one of the thesis defense days and, as an added bonus, watched some thesis presentations and were introduced to numerous exciting mobile apps developed by GTech students.

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[FAR Children’s Center]: In the Footsteps of Leaders standard

Gohar Vardanyan is a first-year MA student in the Department of Political Science of the Yerevan State University’s Faculty of International Relations. She is also a second-year BA student of Law attending evening classes. Gohar is able to keep up with such ambitious studies through the support of the Armine and Garabed Zambak Scholarship, which helps young Armenian become strong and dedicated future leaders in politics, international relations, and public administration. It also aims to develop the culture of philanthropy in Armenia by encouraging recipients to give back, though Gohar had been a volunteer long before she became a recipient of the Zambak Scholarship. To date, she has volunteered for a number of NGOs, including the Red Cross International, and is ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: A Flag for Ani. standard

By Maral Firkatian Wozniak As FAR’s Young Professionals traveled through eastern Turkey this summer, they carried with them precious cargo: an Armenian flag, blessed by the priest of St. Kevork church in Javakhk. After praying at St. Kevork church, the group was invited to have coffee and gata. The priest presented Arto Vorperian, FAR’s Project Director and Young Professionals Trip leader, with the blessed flag and incense so that the group could bring the flag with them to Ani. In the Cathedral of Ani, the group opened the flag on the altar as a testament to the Armenian spirit in the land. They burned the incense to revive the ancient Armenian church. The smoke dispersed throughout the cavernous cathedral, lingering ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: Visit to Eastern Turkey a Powerful Component of the 2012 Young Professionals Trip. standard

By Maral Firkatian Wozniak The desolate landscape bears few markers of the sprawling, illustrious Armenian capital that once dominated the area. Ani was known as the “city of a thousand and one churches.” Now, the haggard skeletons of a few structures remain the only reminders of what was once one of the world’s largest medieval cities. Uninhabited for more than three centuries, Ani was one of the stops on the recent Fund for Armenian Relief Young Professionals Trip. Including eastern Turkey in the trip’s itinerary added a new level of depth for the participants as they explored the land that is no longer Armenian but where remnants of Armenian influence still remain. Arto Vorperian, FAR’s Project Director who leads the ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children's Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children’s Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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