In 2001, within the frameworks of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Pan-Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYOWorld) was founded; and His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of Armenian Church of North America, was appointed as its leader.
The ACYOWorld was initially named the World Youth Organization of the Armenian Church (ACYOWorld), and in 2015, it was renamed the Armenian Church Youth Union (ACYOWorld).
In 2018, with the Blessings of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the Central Office of the ACYOWorld was located in the administrative area of St. Anna and Holy Mother of God (Katoghike) Churches in Yerevan, built by the Hovnanian Foundation.
The mission of the ACYOWorld is to unite the Armenian youth around the world for the survival of the Armenian identity and for the strengthening of the Armenian Homeland, to organize the use of the potential of the Armenian youth in its cherished work of self-development, protection of national and spiritual values.
The ACYOWorld, in partnership with the youth of Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora, also cooperates with the relevant public and state institutions, youth organizations, university and student structures, educational, cultural, charitable and humanitarian centers, and youth branches of parties of the Republic of Armenia. Pilgrimages, spiritual events, workshops and celebrations are also organized on the occasion of the national-church holidays.
Since 2008, a number of deputies, regional, inter-regional, and sub-regional meetings have been held in different countries of the world, and from 03 to 05 of November, in 2019, the First Meeting of the Chairmen was held in the ACYOWorld Central Office of Yerevan.
The structure of ACYOWorld is as follows:
A. Central Office (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – Yerevan, Abovian 15/1 ),
B. 8 Regions (Armenia-Georgia-Artsakh; Russia and CIS Countries; Europe; South America; North America; the Middle East and Africa; India and Myanma; the Near East (Australia and New Zealand).
Dean of the Pan-Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYOWorld), Director of the Central Office: Very Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Tovma Khachatryan
Contacts:+374 43 85 1700
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Yerevan, Abovian 15/1