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ANCA Summer Academy to revive high school engagement in the Armenian cause – Asbarez.com

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Washington’s inaugural week to inspire careers in politics and politics; Explore best practices in grassroots civic participation Pro-Artsakh / Armenia

WASHINGTON — The Armenian National Committee of America is expanding its youth advocacy and career development efforts to high school students, with the launch of the NAFC Summer Academy August 9-14 in Washington.

The online application form for the 10-person competitive program is available at anca.org/summer. The deadline to apply is July 9, 2021. Students accepted into the program will be notified by Monday July 12.

“Karekin Njdeh said that to see the future of a nation, you have to look to your youth. Armenian-American youth – through their efforts online and on the ground – are the driving force behind today’s pro-Artsakh / Armenia activism, as demonstrated in the latest Turkey / Azerbaijan attacks on the homeland. Armenian, ”said Alex Manoukian, ANCA program director. “The NAFC Summer Academy seeks to nurture and develop the leadership of our youth, expanding our federal advocacy at the high school level and providing ladders of opportunity for public service careers. “

In its inaugural year, the intensive week-long program will bring a select group of high school students aged 17-19 with proven community leadership experience to Washington DC to learn more about the Armenian cause and the how our political priorities are advanced within the framework of the US federal government. The ANCA Summer Academy will focus on ongoing efforts with the Biden administration and the 117th Congress to strengthen and improve U.S.-Armenian relations and to ensure that U.S. government policies concerning Artsakh align with our nation’s values ​​of freedom and democracy.

The NACA Washington DC team of professionals will use modern tools, training and skills to educate and assess those selected to participate in the 2021 NAFC Summer Academy class. The program will involve direct engagement with federal policy makers, ANCA experts and a range of professionals involved in issues related to both the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh. The Academy will also benefit from presentations from those who have worked on issues related to the Armenian cause for decades and those who are currently working in Washington, DC on contemporary issues – such as obtaining much-needed American aid to the citizens of the Republic of Artsakh. Throughout the program, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Washington, DC and make lasting friendships.

ANCA Summer Academy attendees will stay at ANCA Aramian House, an iconic property in downtown Washington, DC, which serves as the home and permanent home for ANCA’s signature youth programs. The Aramian House is named after the late community leader and philanthropist Martha Aramian of Providence, Rhode Island.

The ANCA Summer Academy is the latest in a series of youth empowerment and career development programs including the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway program, the Leo Sarkisian internship program, the Maral Melkonian summer scholarship Avetisyan and the ANCA Rising Leaders program.

The ANCA Summer Academy will provide a select group of 10 high school students with an intensive one-week grassroots advocacy program and opportunities to explore careers in politics, politics and politics. medias. Successful applicants are high school students aged 17-19 with a solid background and an interest in community youth activism.