The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) was founded in 1946 through the vision of Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, of blessed memory, the late Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

ACYOA remains the oldest church-related youth organization in the worldwide Armenian community. Its goal is to promote a deeper relationship between young Armenian Christians and their ancestral church, and to provide a stage on which young Armenians can gather to know and love their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to discover their identity as Armenian Christians.

Generations of young Armenian-Americans have participated in ACYOA activities focusing on worship, witness, service, education, and fellowship-five ideas corporately known as the "circles of the cross." By building bonds among its members, the ACYOA also strengthens the sense of attachment and leadership that young Armenian Christians feel towards the Armenian and American communities in which they live.

Through programming initiatives such as leadership conferences, educational workshops, spiritual retreats, service projects, and trips to Armenia and the Holy Land, the ACYOA prepares young Armenians to be active, educated members of their church, and leaders in their local parish communities and within the broader Armenian Church.

ACYOA alumni currently serve throughout the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) as clergymen, parish council members, Diocesan delegates, Armenian and Sunday school teachers, choir and Women's Guild members, youth directors, and in lay ministry positions throughout the Diocese.

Today, 26 parishes have organized ACYOA chapters. These local chapters are governed by a seven-member Diocesan body, the ACYOA Central Council, elected by the General Assembly which meets annually to review the year's accomplishments and to make decisions about its future.

For detailed information on the ACYOA, visit its dedicated website,