To the Editor
Yannis Floropoulos is one of many past AHIF Student Foreign Policy trip participants who has continued to use his experiences on the trip to enhance his professional and academic accomplishments. We are very proud to consider him a past participant and AHI member and grateful for his impact on fellow members of his generation. However, in his recent interview with Greek News following the conclusion of our Future of Hellenism Conference, (“Millennials and the Future of Hellenism: An interview with Yannis Floropoulos,” December 18, 2016), he discusses his opinions on other Greek American organizations and inaccurately references the future of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).
AHEPA is the largest, most longstanding Greek American organization and its many continued accomplishments are a boon to our community and its role in the United States. It provides a vehicle for Greek Americans to be a part of American society through its varied cultural, educational and philanthropic programs and its membership continues to grow with the addition of millennials and philhellenes.
AHI has been fortunate enough to collaborate with AHEPA on several initiatives including but not limited to leadership delegations to Greece, Cyprus and Israel, exhibits and seminars in various cities throughout the United States and by supporting the areas of interest in which our organizations coincide.
I attribute the strength of our community to many factors but the legacy of AHEPA is a deciding factor that continues to allow Greek Americans to contribute to their local communities and perpetuate Hellenism’s future in the United States.