Los Angeles Young Professionals Take Generation Next Mentors and Mentees to LA Lakers Game

Los Angeles Young Professionals Take Generation Next Mentors and Mentees to LA Lakers Game

Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, January 3, 2010, the AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles kicked off the New Year by taking an eager group of Young Professionals, as well as mentors and mentees of the AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program, to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Everyone arrived enthusiastic to watch their home team, the Los Angeles Lakers, beat the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 131-96. As the Los Angeles Times reported, it had been a long time since the Lakers’ starters sat on the bench the entire fourth quarter. In fact, the Lakers scored a season high in points and won by their largest margin of the season.

YPLA Steering Committee member, Theodore Khachaturian, applied for the tickets through the Lakers Youth Foundation. The Lakers Youth Foundation has a limited number of tickets designated for group donations throughout the season. The Southern California non-profit beneficiary of these tickets for the Lakers vs. Mavericks game was AGBU YPLA. “That was a lot of fun. Making it to Staples is always an invigorating experience. Good start for 2010!” says Khachaturian. “Also, it is always nice to contribute to AGBU’s prized Mentorship Program, a project launched by YPLA nearly 11 years ago  It was amazing to see the smiles on the Generation Next mentees’ faces, as they enjoyed the game with their mentors. We are grateful to the Lakers Youth Foundation for their generosity and support of AGBU and its programs.”

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. Those interested in becoming a GenNext mentor and making a direct impact in the life of a young Armenian may attend the “Get in the Game” information session scheduled for January 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the AGBU Alex Manoogian Pasadena Center, located at 2495 E. Mountain St., Pasadena. Additional information is also available at www.agbugennext.org.

YPLA is the Los Angeles Chapter of the AGBU Young Professionals — 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 the Armenian identity and heritage by adding dimensions to the lives of young professional Armenians through educational, cultural, social and humanitarian programs. YPLA puts on monthly activities, including social-networking and professional career-building events, signature weekend getaways, hiking and camping trips, international video-conferences, service-oriented activities targeted toward Armenian youth, benefit events, as well as casual get-togethers, where up to 250 young Armenians can come together to exchange ideas and get to know each other better. YPLA is always looking for individuals who would like to volunteer their time either as a board member or on an event-by-event basis. For more information on how to get involved with YPLA, please contact: agbu.ypla@gmail.com.