PUBLIC INVITATION TO THE ARAMEAN YOUTH:
After the great successes of the previous study sessions in Europe of the WCA Youth Academy, the Academy is crossing the Atlantic and going to the USA! New Jersey, that is. So get ready for the 4th WCA Youth Academy study session!
In cooperation with the AAA – the Aramaic American Association, the WCA Youth Academy will organize this study session to give you a great opportunity to develop your knowledge of your Aramean identity from 1 until 3 March at the AAA Center in Rochelle Park, New Jersey.
This event will give 30 young Arameans from the US a rare opportunity to be trained by experienced facilitators and prominent Aramean leaders. With the guidance of the facilitators, you will learn more about your identity in various forms. You will be given ample time and opportunity for questions and interaction.
The WCA Youth Academy
The WCA Youth Academy is the arm of the WCA responsible for educating and connecting with the Aramean youth. Its objective is to inform the Aramean youth of the relevance of WCA’s mission and activities. The ultimate goal is to find talented young leaders with the intention of training and guiding them as the next generation of leaders in the local, national and international organizations of the Aramean people worldwide.
Importance of the study session
Our people are a distinct ethnic and religious group, yet we are still not recognized in the homelands. Instead, we have constantly been persecuted, discriminated and driven away from our ancestral lands. These and related factors have affected the Aramean national self-confidence and ability to deal with an uncertain future. The WCA has taken command of re-establishing our national pride and fighting for the protection and development of the Aramean people, both in our homeland and the Diaspora.
In the Diaspora, our youth have been fortunate to experience basic human rights such as equality, freedom of expression, democracy and minority rights which were unthinkable in our homeland. Given that WCA is responsible for globally leading our people, we are obliged to educate and direct our youth in order to translate these values into a direct improvement of the homeland situation. All this can be achieved while optimizing our position in the Diaspora.
The WCA must prepare today’s young Arameans for tomorrow’s leadership roles and guarantee new and qualified successors. The WCA Youth Academy will provide you, our youth, with the requisite knowledge and prepare them for major challenges to successfully handle and organize the Aramean Diaspora, and lead an ancient stateless people towards a better and certain future.
We trust that we have provided you with enough information to participate in the 4th Study Session: Searching for identity: what’s yours?
We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE! & DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM HERE!
Date: Friday, March 1st to Sunday, March 3rd 2013
Location: AAA Center, 168 Rochelle Ave, Rochelle Park, NJ
Participation fee: $45 per person
Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Time: 8pm- till 1am
Location: Church of the Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ
Suryoyo Singer Jacob Dinc!!
Contact persons: Julianne Barsoum Jabaly (201) 304-9227 or Matthew Alpar (201) 233-0993