The Generation Next Mentorship Program is a non-profit organization and was created in 1997 under the auspices of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).
The primary goal of the Generation Next Mentorship Program is to assist Southern California youth of Armenian descent by providing them with adult role models in order to help them become successful, contributing members of society at-large.
Starting with only eight mentees in 1997, the program has grown to serve hundreds of youth (Mentees) ranging from 12 to 18 years of age.
All Mentors are volunteers ages 21 years and older, who dedicate their time and effort to help Armenian youth by serving as a friend and role-model. Each Mentee is assigned to one Mentor for the duration of the year.
All new Mentors participate in Information/Training sessions before the start of their mentoring relationship.
At least once a month, the Mentors and Mentees have a face-to-face meeting or outing during which time they develop their relationship of trust and respect.
There is no charge to the parents or the students for participating in this program. All mentors are unpaid volunteers.