AOYA first established by Mr. Eyad S. Khailany, Head of Science at CISK in Arbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, in the beginning of 2015. The idea was to help spreading and increasing awarness of school kids and families of the importance of astronomy. With one simple 6" reflecting telescope and the vast knowledge of the founder in astronomy, AYOA has achieved a tremendous success with the first three months. Right now, the database of member has topped over a hundred.
We have forseen a lot of potentials in these kids with an increasing passion towards astronmy, not only for stargazing but even extended to learning about stars lifecycle, black holes, the big bang and dark energy!
The association is still poor in resources and seeks support from the world of science.