WHAT IS ALYA? 

ALYA is the leading nonprofit organization in America that:

  • GATHERS Latvian youths with cultural, social and athletic event organization
  • REPRESENTS Latvian youths interests
  • UPHOLDS OUT LATVIAN IDENTITY OUTSIDE OF LATVIA: encourages members to speak Latvian, and support education and work opportunities with scholarships and grants. 

OUR HISTORY

                                                            President Ivars Avots listening to advice from advisory group member Ēvalds Freivalds

                                                            President Ivars Avots listening to advice from advisory group member Ēvalds Freivalds

VĒJA ZVANI SPECIĀL IZLAIDUMS

Latvija priekš mums, ap mums un iekš mums! Pats galvenais ir pēdējais, proti – Latvija iekš mums, mūsu sirdīs, mūsu pārliecībā, mūsu ticībā.
— Kārlis Ulmanis, 1923.g.

DO YOU REMEMBER?

ALYA WAS FOUNDED IN 1952, IN NEW YORK CITY

  • Aleksandra Maļinovska: Grand Rapids (2015), Colombus (2016) 
  • Indra Purmale: Denvers (2013), Seattle (2014)
  • Kārlis Lenšs: Washington (2011), New York (2012)
  • Markus Apelis: Boston (2009), Indianapolis (2010)
  • Kārlis Antons: Chicago (2008)
  • Karīna Hāznere: Philadelphia (2006), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2007)
  • Vija Vīksne: Long Beach (2003), Toronto (2004), Cleaveland (2005)
  • Roberts Kukainis: Seattle (2001), Chicago (2002)
  • Ingrīda Erdmane: Boston (2000)
  • Ēriks Šmidchens: Milwaukee (1998), Washington D.C. (1999)
  • Franz Bauers: Mineapolis (1997)
  • Andrējs Muzikants: Pheonix (1996)
  • Andrejs Lazda: New York (1995)
  • Pēteris Zārds: Washington D.C.  (1993) Toronto (1994)
  • Ēriks Kronītis: Chicago (1992)
  • Dauma Grava: Seattle (1991)
  • Ilga Bērzkalne: Boston (1989), Kalamazoo (1990)
  • Juris Bļodnieks: Chicago (1987), San Francisco (1988)
  • Vita Tērauda: (1985) Washington D.C., Cleveland (1986)
  • Valdis Ronis: New York (1983), Kursa (1984)
  • Jānis Kramēns: Lincoln (1981), Chicago (1982)
  • Astrīda Cīrule-Sprūdža: Washington D.C. (1980)
  • Jānis Kancāns: Mineapolis  (1979)
  • Dzintra Lejiņa-Martinez: Chicago (1977), San Franciso (1978)
  • Uldis Sīpols: Indianapolis (1975), Philadelphia (1976)
  • Jānis Mūrnieks: New York (1973), Detroit (1974)
  • Andrejs Smiltārs: Chicago (1972)
  • Mārtiņš Zandbergs: Cleveland (1971)
  • Ziedonis Ķezbers: Milwaukee (1970)
  • Mārtiņš Duhms: Philadelphia (1969)
  • Ingrīda Karlsone-Mieme: Kalamazoo (1968)
  • Valdis Daiga: Washington D.C. (1966),  Chicago (1967)
  • Dzintars Bērziņš: Cleveland (1965)
  • Lauris Kalniņš: Indianapolis (1964)                                                
  • Andris Ritums: Chicago (1963)
  • Ivars Bērziņš: Kalamazoo (1962)
  • Uldis Grava: New York (1961)
  • Juris Šlesers: Grand Rapids (1960)
  • Laimonis Streips: Lincoln (1959)
  • Valdis Muižnieks: Kalamazoo (1958)
  • Valters Nollendorfs: Chicago (1957)
  • Konstantīns Sventeckis: Indianapolis (1955), Cleveland (1956)
  • Kristaps Valters: New York (1953), Philadelphia (1954)
  • Ivars Avots, founder (1952)
Bijušais ALJA priekšsēdis Lauris Kalniņš ieteica, ka ALJAi vajadzētu atgriezties pie vienu bijušo mudi, proti: “Pulcēsimies! Priecāsimies! Precēsimies!”

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