Los Angeles Young Professionals Award Scholarships to Mentees of the Generation Next Mentorship Program

Reported by Aleen L. Khanjian

Pasadena, CA – On Sunday, June 26, 2011, the AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles (YPLA) continued their philanthropic efforts and maintained their commitment to fostering the next generation of Armenian American leaders by awarding scholarships to eight worthy mentees of the AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program.  These scholarship awards were based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, essays, recommendation letters, and financial need.  The YPLA presented the awards at the Mentorship Program’s Ninth Annual “GenNext Showcase”.  The Showcase highlighted the various talents of mentors, as well as mentees.  The 200 attendees enjoyed presentations by the mentees, involving culinary arts, jewelry making, as well as visual and performing arts. 

Former YPLA Chair, Sevana Melikian, introduced the individual recipients by saying, “This is the first year YPLA awarded scholarships to youth in our community. We were overwhelmed with the quality of applicants and were so proud of what they had achieved at such a young age. We’re looking forward to hearing about their future successes throughout their college years and beyond.”  YPLA raised funds for these scholarships at a social networking event on June 23, 2011, at the Coda Bar & Lounge in Sherman Oaks, California.  Current YPLA Chair, Yeghig Keshishian adds, “The advancement of the Armenian Diaspora starts with a proper education; and, all of us on the AGBU YPLA Steering Committee are committed in our resolve to advance the interests of our Diaspora. The scholarships we have allocated this year for GenNext mentees is just one example of how AGBU has continuously promoted the social advancement and general welfare of its community.”

The AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program assists Southern California Youth of Armenian descent by providing them with positive role models, guidance, and support.  Through one-on-one mentoring, monthly group activities and parenting seminars, the program assists and supports Armenian students who are faced with difficult choices in today’s sometimes tense school environment.  For anyone interested in becoming a GenNext mentor and making a direct impact in the life of a young Armenian, please visit www.agbugennext.org.

The AGBU YPLA is a growing network of individuals between the ages of 22 and 40 who individually and collectively mirror the AGBU’s mission to preserve and promote Armenian identity and heritage by adding dimensions to the lives of young professional Armenians through educational, cultural, social and humanitarian programs.  For more information on how to get involved with YPLA, please contact: agbu.ypla@gmail.com