GenNext was launched in 1997 by a subcommittee of the Young Professionals of Los Angeles (YPLA) under the auspices of AGBU and with the administrative assistance of the Glendale Unified School District. A group of YPLA volunteers developed the Program in response to the growing adversities faced by Armenian youth in Southern California.
Wanting to make a real difference in the lives of the community’s youth, the founding members based GenNext on the Big Brothers Big Sisters model.
Over 15 years later, GenNext has become a professionally-run and nationally recognized mentorship program with full-time staff overseeing 30 mentees between the ages of 12 and18.
Throughout the years, GenNext has touched the lives of hundreds of mentees, many of whom, have maintained a special bond with their mentors well after graduating from the Program. Countless graduates have returned years later to become mentors themselves and to show their gratitude for the positive impact that GenNext had on their lives.