Armenian National Committee - Western Region
104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200
Glendale, California 91206
Phone: 818.500.1918
Fax: 818.246.7353
[email protected]


February 28, 2008
Contact: Ani Garabedian

ANC-WR Continues Outreach Program to Armenian Schools

Los Angeles, CA - On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Armenian National
Committee - Western Region (ANC-WR) Community Relations Director Haig
Hovsepian met with over 100 grade 11 and 12 students at Ferrahian
High School in Encino, California. Hovsepian discussed the programs
and activities of the ANC-WR, and informed the students about several
programs within the ANC that cater to students seeking a volunteer
experience with the organization. Hovsepian also emphasized the
importance of getting involved in local communities and the internship
programs as a means by which they can become more knowledgeable and
confident to do so.

"The session was very interesting and Haig did a great job," stated
senior Ferrahian student Nareen Melkonian. "Haig related current ANC
activities to issues and concerns among Armenian youth. Although I
was aware of how the ANC conducts its programs, it was valuable to
understand how the programs benefit students," she added.

Also present were two former interns, Aida Siyahian and Nareg
Bostanian, who are both summer 2007 ANC-WR Internship-Externship
Program graduates. Also in attendance was current ANC-WR
Internship-Externship Program (IEP) participant Lori Kechichian.

In response to questions posed by a non-Armenian teacher, Hovsepian
stressed the importance of working with other community organizations
such as the Genocide Intervention Network.

"This was a great opportunity to connect with our high school
activists," said Hovsepian. "It is important that we help keep them
updated regarding issues of concern to our community and continue to
engage them - especially in our local ANCs and internship programs."

The Armenian National Committee - Western Region is the largest and
most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization
in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network
of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United
States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR
advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad
range of issues.