The Armenian Youth Federation Juniors Central Council (AYF JCC) have launched a new program, Junior Achievers, to "motivate and encourage its members," that they might reach excellent standards in academics and future careers.
The program focuses on advancing the knowledge of members in the five categories, of technology and sciences, arts, media, athletics, and civic activism.
As part of their mission, the organization strives to provide its members with enriching experiences and information and resources that will not be made available to them anywhere else. AYFJCC Chairman, Saro Shirinian says, "The Junior Achievers program will highlight and offer significant rewards to members who have led exemplary efforts." They can be awarded not only for work in the classroom, but also extracurricular activities and volunteerism.
Nominations for Junior Achievers are considered after being reviewed by chapter executives. A group of finalists are selected and then undergo one-on-one interviews before selecting a winner for each of the five categories.
Additionally, the program also serves to motivate the youth to pursue their education and branch out into an influential field, and to strive for excellence in all that they do.
Winners will each receive both a monetary award for a scholarship in combination with a unique experience which is tailored specifically for each of them. The experience will include the chance of meeting and speaking with some of the most successful individuals in a variety of industries, from whom they may gain valuable advice and insight into their field.
Leaders can have a positive influence on important issues within the Armenian society. AYF Burbank Juniors Chapter Director, Nazeli Khodabakhsh noted several exemplary Armenians; Serj Tankian who is in the arts industry, Alexis Ohanian in IT, and Araksya Karapetyan who works in media. These individuals make use of their positions and success to benefit the community.
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Khodabakhsh emphasized how the Junior Achievers program is an "organized effort," which promotes excellence in academics and future careers among the present day youth. AYF JCC accepts nominations for their program cycles twice annually. The focus is on youth aged eight to sixteen years of age.
As an extension of the program, AYF also connects the youth with their Armenian heritage, engaging them socially with critical issues which Armenians are experiencing today.
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