City of Los Angeles Honors AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program
Ararat Home and Genocide survivor Rose Garjian are also recognized at Genocide Commemoration ceremony.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program was honored by the City of Los Angeles at its annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration ceremony, held at the Los Angeles City Council Chamber on April 19th. Both AGBU GenNext and the Ararat Home were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Armenian and the greater community of Los Angeles.
Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Eric Garcetti, a former City Council president, jointly led the commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the Genocide. Representing AGBU GenNext were former Committee Chair Hagop Jazmadarian and Treasurer Maida Tchaprazian, along with GenNext Case Manager Alfred Bedrossian and AGBU Western District Executive Director, Yasmin Alpay.
Mr. Jazmadarian took the podium to thank the councilmembers for recognizing the AGBU GenNext program and its dedicated volunteer mentors, and emphasized the critical role mentors play in the lives of Armenian youth in Los Angeles. “Our youth are matched one-to-one with successful and caring mentors, who become guiding forces in their young lives,” he said.
For his part, Councilmember Krekorian shared with the Chamber the role he played in the genesis of AGBU GenNext, which was pivotal. As part of the Young Professionals of Los Angeles in the 1990s, Councilmember Krekorian was one of the program’s founding members and has been an avid supporter ever since.
Alongside AGBU, Ararat Home and its 104 year old resident and Genocide survivor, Rose Garjian, were also recognized. Ararat Home was honored for its immense contribution to the elderly Armenian-American community of Southern California.
Councilmembers Krekorian and Garcetti remembered the 1.5 million Armenian martyrs, invoking the memory of the Genocide to prevent such crimes against humanity in the future.