From the Glendale News-Press, reporter Liana Aghajanian spoke to a number of Armenian community activists to understand what the impact the recent arrests of Armenian Power gang members have had on Armenians.

One of the people she spoke to was Ara Arzumanian, director of the AGBU Generation Next Mentorship program, who shares his perspective:

For Ara Arzumanian, who has worked in the field of youth development for the last 10 years, Armenian youth choosing a life of crime isn’t any different from teen suicide or depression, where multiple risk factors like socioeconomic status and drug and alcohol abuse are at play.

“The core issue of all these problems is that we as an Armenian community and broader community, we as human beings, have abandoned our teenagers,” he said. “If these kids are lost, it’s because we have lost them; if they fail, it’s because we’ve failed them. We are not involved in their lives.”

Arzumanian — a director for the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Generation Next program, which works to mentor at-risk youth — said turning the tide is also about prevention.

“We need to get massively involved in kids’ lives so we don’t have this problem,” he said.

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Kiro Manoyan: “The Armenian party must stiffen its stance in the Karabakhi process”
  2. Ankara to use Turkish youth of US for denial of Armenian Genocide
  3. Vahan Hovhannissyan: Azerbaijan does not correspond to European standards
  4. ARP has not discussed format of participation at parliamentary elections
  5. Vardan Khachatryan: Unification of opposition forces in the current round is not right
  6. New coalition memorandum to be a response to the inner and outer challenges of the country
  7. Oleg Yesayan: “In 1988, Karabakh declared to the world its desire to live freely on its own land”
  8. RA President Receives US Deputy Secretary of State
  9. Armen Martirosyan: Opposition must form a joint agenda
  10. ANC ready to cooperate with all forces
  11. Medal of Honor to Frank Pallone
  12. Tigran Davtyan says exportation priority of Armenia’s economy
  13. International pharmaceutical conference in Armenia
  14. Armenian ambassador to Lebanon conducts meetings
  15. Three Questions Turkey’s Ambassador Would not Answer… By Harut Sassounian, Publisher, The California Courier
  16. The last program of “Lincy” Foundation to be completed by the end of 2011
  17. Harut Sassounian: The issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide should be moved to legal platform
  18. Lecture on Armenian Genocide at UCLA
  19. French Armenians not to vote for Sarkozy in case he interferes in Genocide bill adoption process
  20. Robert Amirkhanyan: “Each Artist Must Have a “License” for Creation”
  21. Maxim Vengerov performs in Yerevan
  22. Restoration and transference works of wall paintings of Minas to go on
  23. Company implementing construction of Saint Anna Church to be known in the upcoming days
  24. Hayastan All-Armenian Fund completes reconstruction of Shushi Library
  25. “Baku.am” web site to operate in Yerevan
  26. 4 RA citizens evacuated from Libya
  27. Coalition’s candidate for RA Ombudsman
  28. No visa regime between Armenia and Argentina
  29. Tigran Sargsyan Partakes in Session of Council of Armenian State Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan
  30. Lower level of unemployment expected in 2011
  31. Elina Danielyan – leader of Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament

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On October 18, 2010, the AGBU Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School (Aleppo, Syria) was recognized as the winner of the “Best Armenian Educational Institution” contest.

The school was honored at an official award ceremony in the large hall of the National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan. The contest was organized by the Republic of Armenia’s Diaspora Ministry, with financial assistance from the World Armenian Congress.

Four other schools also received awards, including Melankton and Hayk Arslanian Seminary (Beirut, Lebanon), Karen Jeppe Armenian College (Aleppo, Syria), Kananyan Girls’ School (New Julfa, Iran), and Sochi Secondary School #31 (Sochi, Russia). Sixty-two educational establishments had submitted applications for the competition, which included 31 Sunday schools and 31 regular schools, colleges and educational centers.

Since its founding more than half a century ago, the AGBU Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School has constituted the citadel of the city’s Armenian community, and it has instilled in students a deep respect towards the Armenian language, culture, and homeland.

Michel Mahmourian, chairman of Belgium Armenian Committee, introduces Richard G. Hovannisian.

Paris — On January 29, 50 people attended a lecture by Armenian-American scholar Richard G. Hovannisian at the Armenian House in Brussels. Organized by the Belgium Armenian committee, and with the support of AGBU Europe, Prof. Hovannisian presented his book entitled In Search of Armenian Cilicia (Haykakan Kilikiayi Hetkerov) which is a collection of his trip to Cilicia.

The official swearing-in ceremony of the 25 new members of the AGBU Yerevan Scout movement took place at AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Arabkir Youth Center on December 19, 2010.

Members of the AGBU Yerevan Scout Council, scout leaders, and members of the AGBU Yerevan Scout movement were present at the ceremony.  Karen Tirarian, head of the Scout Council, congratulated the new members of the scout movement wishing them success and encouraging them for new achievements.

Hopefully, all their knowledge and skills gained as scouts will be used for kind purposes and hopefully throughout their lives they will rely on the scout rules, principles and the oath that they took in front of the Republic of Armenia and AGBU flags.

The AGBU Yerevan Scout movement was established in 2008. Today it has more than 150 members, who hold weekly meetings at the Arabkir Youth Center of AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.