Last year at this time, the AGBU Young Professionals of Chicago (YP Chicago) presented Hye Camp with $4,000, enough funds to award ten scholarships to Armenian youth to attend the weeklong summer camp. This summer, YP Chicago wrote yet another check – this time for $5,000, which will continue to help Armenian youth in the Midwest join Hye Camp.
In June 2011, YP Chicago used the city’s 5K “Race for the Taste” as a platform to fundraise for Hye Camp scholarships, and the results exceeded all expectations. Its success inspired YP Chicago to make fundraising with the race an annual tradition. Anticipation for this year’s June 3, race was built through a series of additional fundraisers that the YPs organized all throughout the year. On Saturday, July 28, 2012, after months of hard work, YP Chicago presented the check to the Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, Director of Hye Camp.
Hye Camp is a unique, Christian-based youth camp for Armenian children 8 to 15 years of age who want to learn more about their heritage and the Armenian Church. The program includes a variety of fun and educational activities. Every year, dozens of families apply for scholarships, and there are always a few parishes that struggle to raise enough money for campers.