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Youth Forum 11AM-4PM | Mix & Mingle Social 4-6PM



The half day conference will bring together experts from various fields, political officials, community leaders and hundreds of youth for an informative and inspirational series of panels to explore issues related to the future of youth, Homenetmen, the Armenian Cause and community, while developing and promoting new avenues of engagement.

Representatives from different youth organizations will discuss the power of volunteering. activism, and avenues through which participants can get involved. In addition, they will share their past and present challenges, successes, and organizational goals for the future.

Speakers:

Robert Agaverdian

Bridge of Health

Agaverdian is a co-founder and the president of Bridge of Health, which he started with a group of friends. The organization is run by young, determined minds...

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Varand Avanesian

Homenefmen Youth Committee

As a founding member of HYC, Avanesian is part of the core committee responsible for galvanizing Homenetmen scout and athletic alumni in order to re-involve them in...

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Ripsime Biyazyan

ALL- Armenian Student Assoc.

Biyazyan is currently an advisor to the executive board of the ALL-Armenian Student Association. She previously served as chair between 2016 and 2017, vice chair between 2015...

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Joseph Kaskanian

Armenian Youth Federation

Kaskanian is formerly a member of the Armenian Youth Federation Central Executive, serving as a liason to the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region board,...

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Meher Khechadori

Hyer United

Khechadori founded Hyer United with his friend, Tomik Vertanous, in 2013, and currently serves as a board member. The organization is dedicated to the development of Armenia’s...

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Dr. Talin P. Kargodorian

Moderator

Kargodorian is currently the principal of the Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School. She is a long time member of AYF, Homenetmen, and is also an AYF...

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The panel will cover an array of avenues youth can be civically engaged including grassroots organizing, running for elected office, and how they can become active participants in shaping policies and enacting change.  Panelists will also address how policy changes on the local, state and federal levels have transformed the political atmosphere and what this means for current and upcoming generations of students and Californians. The panel will be topped off with an update on policy issues important to the Armenian-American community.

Speakers:

Anthony Portantino

CA State Senator

Senator Portantino has a long and distinguished record of service which includes six years in the CA State Assembly, representing the 44th Assembly District, nearly eight years...

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Ardashes Ardy Kassakhian

Glendale City Clerk

Kassakhian has served as Glendale’s City Clerk for the past 14 years and is the first person ever elected City Clerk in an open election for the...

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Anahid Oshagan

Moderator

A member of the ANCA-Western Region Board of Directors since 2016, Oshagan’s history of activism dates back to 1988, when she first served as an intern for...

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As a New Armenia emerges in the wake of the Velvet Revolution, diaspora relations with the Homeland remain as important as ever. Community leaders and activists who lead organizations benefiting the Armenian homeland will discuss the multitude of opportunities available to get involved and how each individual can take their step to help build a stronger Armenia. The speakers will also discuss their past challenges and successes, and what the outcome of the Velvet Revolution means for Armenia-Diaspora relations moving forward.

Speakers:

Mkhitar Hayrapetyan

RA Minister of Diaspora

Hayrapetyan was appointed as the new Minister of Diaspora Affairs on May 11, 2018 at the request of Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan. Prior to his appointment...

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Vaché

Thomassian

Vaché Thomassian is a founding partner of KJT Law Group, LLP.  He brings with him a background in international development and law.  In addition to being a...

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Margarita

Baghdasaryan

Margarita Baghdasaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to the Los Angeles, California in 2004. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles earning a Bachelor...

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Elen Asatryan

Moderator

Asatryan is the founder and lead consultant of The Stark Group – a full-service political consulting and public relations firm. For the past 19 years, she has...

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Noted media professionals and experts will discuss the unmitigated power of mass and social media, especially as it pertains to furthering organizational development, building grassroots movements, as well as advancing social, political and human rights issues. The panel will provide participants an opportunity to learn about the technical aspects of mass and social media and how they can best harness media tools and platforms.

Speakers:

Ellina Abovian

KTLA5

Ellina Abovian is an Emmy Award nominated general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 news in Los Angeles. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from California State University,...

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Hayg Oshagan

New Michigan Media

Hayg Oshagan was born in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the United States with his parents and family in 1975. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for...

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Sevan Torossian

Seviant™ Studios

Torossian is the founder of Seviant™ Studios, a full-service social, design and media studio based out of Los Angeles, CA. An experienced executive within the social communication...

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Join us for a mix and mingle social after the Youth Forum with wine, beer, finger foods, and music. The mixer will take place on the green at Alumni Quad, in front of the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium.

ID for alcoholic beverages required.

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Woodbury University

Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium

7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA, 91504

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