AGBU Western District

AGBU Western District The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the Armenian heritage.

Our History: Compelled by a profound sense of national duty, AGBU founder and first President, Boghos Nubar, boldly set out with nine founding members to form an organization to serve all Armenians and preserve the Armenian identity. Since its inception in Cairo, Egypt on April 15, 1906, the organization’s reputation for integrity resonated and AGBU emerged as an unwavering champion of the Armenian people throughout the 20th century. A chronicle to the times, AGBU’s efforts supported our people faithfully through a tumultuous history of genocide, natural disasters, repatriation, resettlement, revival and national independence. Thanks to the resolute support of our members and donors, AGBU has flourished into a world-class organization with the resources and goodwill to serve Armenians across the Diaspora and in our homeland. Indebted to the initiative and dedication of our predecessors and recent generations, AGBU’s first century of service has systematically redefined the landscape of the Armenian nation. With an emphasis on educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, AGBU operates worldwide over 69 Districts and Chapters, 47 Community Centers and Offices, and 27 Young Professional Groups; administers 25 day and Saturday schools; and supports a manifold of programs, including the American University of Armenia, Senior Dining Centers (Soup Kitchens), Children’s Centers, Student Scholarships, Summer Camps, Athletics & Scouts, Internship Programs, the Performing Arts and 14 publications in six languages. Having crossed the threshold into the 21st century, AGBU is committed to upholding its legacy of moral and fiduciary obligation to the Armenian people with unparalleled foresight and direction. Rooted in our very origins, AGBU provides educational and cultural opportunities to Armenian youth today, for the benefit of the world community tomorrow.

Mission: Our Mission: The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, the organization supports, serves, and connects over 500,000 individuals across Armenia, Karabakh, and the diaspora. Through the vision of its leaders and the generous support of devoted donors and members over the years, AGBU has played a significant role in upholding Armenian traditions and values by adapting to the needs of the worldwide community and the demands of the times. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to sustain a foundation for the benefit of all Armenians. AGBU currently operates with an annual budget of over 36 million dollars, made possible by our countless benefactors. We have a global reach, with headquarters in New York City and an active presence in 28 countries. AGBU addresses the needs of Armenians in the homeland and throughout the diaspora with traditional and progressive programs - from schools, scouts, camps and support for the arts to internships, virtual learning and young professional networks. AGBU strives to foster a deep sense of national identity and pride in our youth in order to prepare them for preserving our rich national heritage and to instill in them a vested interest in continuing the traditions that will benefit our people for generations to come.

Operating as usual

02/22/2021
Armenian Virtual College - AGBU

We are so proud of AGBU - Silicon Valley, RA Ministry of High-Tech Industry and Armenian Virtual College - AGBU for co-organizing The Armenian Virtual Bridge Accelerator program. 14 CEOs from “Armenian Virtual Bridge Accelerator” program pitched their companies to 18 investors from Silicon Valley and they will each take 3 minutes to introduce their companies and and answer questions! Watch here as Yervant Zorian, Chairman of AGBU Silicon Valley, introduces the CEO's and hosts the discussion.

At this Demo Day, 14 CEOs of the “Armenian Virtual Bridge Accelerator” program pitched their companies to 18 investors from Silicon Valley.

The Armenian Virtual Bridge Accelerator is co-organized by AGBU Silicon Valley and RA Ministry of High-Tech Industry, and enabled by AGBU Armenian Virtual College.

Join us in congratulating the Armenian startups for successful completion of this major milestone of the “Armenian Virtual Bridge Accelerator”, and wishing them new achievements and continued success in their business.

It is the best time of year- cookie season! AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter is selling cookies and are accepting or...
02/19/2021

It is the best time of year- cookie season! AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter is selling cookies and are accepting orders now! All proceeds from sales will allow our scouts to purchase health and safety supplies as they make their way back to AGBU, as well as new camping equipment for summer camp! We look forward to this transition. Please message AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter directly to place your orders!

Cookie season is finally here! Scouts can start collecting orders today! If you’d like to order, we can direct you to a scout🍪

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02/18/2021
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School

Congratulations to the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School on their 45th Anniversary this year! With over 1500 alumni, they have cultivated a space in our community for leaders, innovators and trailblazers. Here is a video highlighting some moments throughout the years. To many more!

✨AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School celebrates its 45th Anniversary this year! Established in 1976, with just 19 students and 3 teachers, we now boast over 1500 alumni. Innovative, Inspirational, and Nurturing describes us. Sense of place, tradition and community defines us. Excellence in academics navigates us. The achievements of our alumni empowers us. Here’s a glimpse of US... More to come... Stay tuned!✨
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#throwback #agbumdsperseveres #armenianschool #memories #inunityisstrength #inspiringexcellencethroughgenerations #agbu #45tributes #celebrating45years #45yearsofexcellence #titanpride #homeofthetitans
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Senator Anthony Portantino, 25th District from La Cañada and Senator Scott Wilk from Santa Clarita introduced SB 457, a ...
02/17/2021
Senators Portantino and Wilk Introduce Bill Allowing Local Agencies to Divest from the Republic of Turkey

Senator Anthony Portantino, 25th District from La Cañada and Senator Scott Wilk from Santa Clarita introduced SB 457, a measure that requires the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System Boards of Administration to allow school districts and cities to opt out of investment vehicles issued or owned by the Republic of Turkey. This is a an incredible step in the right direction and we are grateful to those involved.

Sacramento, California – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Canada-Flintridge) and Senator Scott Wilk (R – Santa Clarita) introduced SB 457, a measure that requires the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) Boards of Administr...

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to come together as a community to make a difference! The final in-person donation d...
02/16/2021

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to come together as a community to make a difference! The final in-person donation drop-off for AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts, Y. Hovan Boyajian's Eagle Scout Service Project is on the 27th of February between 11am-3pm. The team will be collecting packaged food items to donate to the Children's Hunger Fund, which will help those around the world who are poverty stricken.

Visit: 1181 N Vinedo Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107 or donate virtually during the whole month of February at the project’s online shopping cart: tgt.gifts/yhovaneagleproject

Thank you for your generosity!

Today is not one, but two holidays – can you name them? Hint: it’s not Valentine’s day. It’s the Presentation of our Lor...
02/14/2021

Today is not one, but two holidays – can you name them? Hint: it’s not Valentine’s day. It’s the Presentation of our Lord and the Eve of Great Lent (Poon Paregentan). Celebrate our culture with important recipes and details in the free Armenian Holidays and Traditions app.

Download Now: https://armenianholidaysandtraditions.org/

Today we honor one of our bravest heroes, Sts. Vartanants. We all have a bit of St. Vartan with us, and as long as we pe...
02/11/2021

Today we honor one of our bravest heroes, Sts. Vartanants. We all have a bit of St. Vartan with us, and as long as we persevere, so does our culture. Help keep our culture alive by learning the poem, song, and recipes of this special day in the free Armenian Holidays and traditions app.

Download Now: https://armenianholidaysandtraditions.org

Are you a high school student? Do you know anyone who is? During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ev...
02/11/2021
AGBU GenNext Mentorship Program- Mentee

Are you a high school student? Do you know anyone who is? During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to stay connected.

AGBU GenNext is happy to present the MENTEE Program, designed for ALL High School students. The time to enroll is now! Sign up to learn from professionals in your community, grow your network and expand your opportunities for a bright future. Fill out the form here: surveymonkey.com/r/ZGNMPQH

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AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts, Y. Hovan Boyajian, is working on his Eagle Scout Service Project and will be collecting packag...
02/09/2021

AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts, Y. Hovan Boyajian, is working on his Eagle Scout Service Project and will be collecting packaged food items to donate to the Children’s Hunger Fund, which will help those around the world who are poverty stricken.

For those of who would like to support, please bring any of the food items from the list on the flyer to the drop-off location at 1181 N Vinedo Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107 between 11am-3pm on either the 13th or 27th of February. You can also donate virtually during the whole month of February at the project’s online shopping cart: tgt.gifts/yhovaneagleproject

Thank you for your generosity!

Meline Elian, a brave and dedicated mother from Granda Hills, CA scheduled a trip to the region which turned into a miss...
02/08/2021
How a Mom from the Valley Ended Up Rescuing War-Displaced People in Armenia

Meline Elian, a brave and dedicated mother from Granda Hills, CA scheduled a trip to the region which turned into a mission to help hundreds. Elian was already in Armenia when the conflict began, providing locals with economic assistance as she had for years, ever since her first visit in 2006, when she started a nonprofit in Artsakh called the Shushi Karabakh Fund. She said, “I had prayed during COVID: ‘Lord give me a task. Whatever it is, I will do it.’” Thank you for your brave service, Meline!

Read more here!

For Meline Elian, a scheduled trip to the region turned into a mission to help hundreds

Join AGBU Hye Geen on their TV program today, February 5th at 5pm on USArmenia TV. The special guest is young reporter, ...
02/05/2021

Join AGBU Hye Geen on their TV program today, February 5th at 5pm on USArmenia TV. The special guest is young reporter, Lika Zakaryan from Stepanakert, Artsakh. She is a contributor journalist for ‘YMCA Europe Roots For Peace’ and works for CivilNet. Ms. Zakaryan was recently interviewed by Jackie Abraminan of ForbesWomen magazine where she shared her experiences growing up in Artsakh in the article "Child Of War Chronicles Horrors From A Bunker In Artsakh".

Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackieabramian/2021/01/28/the-armenian-anne-frank-lika-zakaryan-chronicled-artsakh-war-from-a-bunker/?sh=74d4d0bd4edc

02/04/2021
WebTalks- Zabel Yessayan: A Final Homecoming

In the fifth and last installment of our series about Zabel Yessayan, Judy Saryan explores the reasons behind the writer’s decision to move to Soviet Armenia, the brief period of calm and creativity that inspired her memoir, and the turmoil that followed as she once more took up her pen to fight against injustice during some of the darkest years of the Stalinist regime.

For more videos from AGBU WebTalks, please visit www.agbuwebtalks.org

You do not want to miss this! Though it will be a little different this year, AGBU-Young Professionals of Northern Calif...
02/02/2021

You do not want to miss this! Though it will be a little different this year, AGBU-Young Professionals of Northern California (AGBU-YPNC) Winter Gala Wine and Dine Experience is going virtual!

100% of Ticket Sales will benefit the AGBU YP Cares: Warm Homes-Warm Hearts Matching Program for Artsakh!
With Armenian made Kareen Wine tasting, a mouthwatering cooking demo and wine and food pairing with Chef Arthur's (No Passport Required, III Mas BBQ) fusion BBQ and meat smoker, this isn't your usual virtual event!

Get your tickets today: https://www.agbusfwintergala.org/event/1

Join us! AGBU GenNext is happy to present the MENTEE Program, designed for ALL High School students. The time to enroll ...
01/29/2021

Join us! AGBU GenNext is happy to present the MENTEE Program, designed for ALL High School students. The time to enroll is now! Sign up to learn from professionals in your community, grow your network and expand your opportunities for a bright future. Fill out the form here: surveymonkey.com/r/ZGNMPQH

Defending the homeland is a sacred duty. On this day, and all days, we honor the courageous Armenian military. From gran...
01/28/2021

Defending the homeland is a sacred duty. On this day, and all days, we honor the courageous Armenian military. From grandfathers to grandsons, poets to painters, musicians to mathematicians, all are found in its ranks, committed to the security and future of the Armenian nation.

Thank you for your heroic service. Thank you for your sacrifice.

01/21/2021
Creative Armenia Fellows

Welcome the 2021 Creative Armenia-AGBU Fellows! We are proud to introduce writer Olivia Katrandjian, bass player and composer Noah Garabedian, media artist and landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian, art curator Nairi Khatchadourian, musician and composer Bei Ru, illustrator and animator Arevik d'Or, and filmmaker and writer Emily Mkrtichian.

Read more here: https://agbu.org/.../creative-armenia-and-agbu-announce.../

As we reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King— and those of others, like Hrant Dink—today, we must strive to cult...
01/18/2021

As we reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King— and those of others, like Hrant Dink—today, we must strive to cultivate solidarity every day. To honor their legacy is to do more than share a quote, it is to actively commit to making this world a more just place for every human being.

"This act of violence was not just an attack on a building, but on a congregation. This was an attack on a community." I...
01/15/2021
California Sees Rise In Anti-Armenian Hate Crimes

"This act of violence was not just an attack on a building, but on a congregation. This was an attack on a community." International Christian Concern reports hate crimes against Armenians in California are rising as a result of the systemic spread of aggression by Turkish and Azeri groups. Despite the denial of these acts of hatred from the Turkish consul, we stand witness to these atrocities especially in the recent months.

Hate crimes against Armenian Christians in California are escalating, reports say.

Thank you AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter for working tirelessly to ensure that 10 families in Armenia and Artsakh ...
01/14/2021

Thank you AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter for working tirelessly to ensure that 10 families in Armenia and Artsakh will have clothing and heaters this winter. The Scouting and Pourasdan Committees donated $4700 towards AGBU’s Global efforts to help this initiative and it is not too late for you to help, too! Amazing work, team!

Please help by clicking on the link and donating.
https://www.agbugiving.org/reliefefforts/

AGBU-AYA LA-SFV Chapter with the support of our Scouting and Pourasdan Committees is happy to be supporting 10 families with clothing and heaters by donating $4700 towards AGBU’s Global efforts to help our brothers and sisters in Armenia and Artsakh.
Families are still in need of our support to assist them with basic necessities at these difficult times. Thank you for all our volunteers and members for always being ready to support AGBU’s efforts.
Please help by clicking on the link and donating.
https://www.agbugiving.org/reliefefforts/

In Unity is Strength! ⚜️

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Ed Atamian, who was a long time coach for the Valley AGBU men's...
01/13/2021
Basketball Player and Coach Edward Noni Atamian Passes Away - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Ed Atamian, who was a long time coach for the Valley AGBU men's basketball team.

Coach Atamian coached his team to a gold medal in the first Pan Armenian Games in 1999 in Yerevan and won more championships than any team in AGBU history because he believed in everyone and helped them become the best versions of themselves. He dedicated a lot of his life to AGBU, which includes 30 years of championships. He will be missed and he is very loved. May he Rest In Peace.

LOS ANGELES – Basketball player and coach Edward Noni Atamian passed away on January 9 after a week-long battle with Covid-19. Atamian was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1932. Atamian started playing basketball at a young age with the Gamk Armenian Club in Alexandria from 1939 to 1952. He then playe...

When the world turned a blind eye to Artsakh, the residents of this region looked for hope and agents of change and foun...
01/08/2021

When the world turned a blind eye to Artsakh, the residents of this region looked for hope and agents of change and found it in Sassoun Baghdasaryan, the executive director of AGBU Armenia branch in Stepanakert. In this issue of AGBU Magazine, you’ll learn how he stepped up to bring about socio-economic progress to Artsakh and stepped in to protect civilians under siege during the war.

Read more here: agbu.org/news-item/agent-of-opportunity/

Christ is born and revealed to us. We extend our prayers for peace and health to all. On this holy day in our Armenian c...
01/06/2021

Christ is born and revealed to us. We extend our prayers for peace and health to all.

On this holy day in our Armenian calendar, we are wishing you and your dear ones a very Merry Christmas.

01/03/2021
Happy New Year!

Our Azat Hayastan. Today and forever. On this first day of 2021, we are proud to share this message of strength, unity and peace. Nine choirs from Los Angeles to Aleppo to Yerevan, with singers of all ages, raise their voices in solidarity and hope. We dedicate this performance to those who fought for our free and blessed homeland - Armenia and Artsakh.

AGBU L.A. Choir (California, USA)
AGBU Spentiarian Choir (Aleppo, Syria)
AYA AGBU Aleppo Web page Arek Children's Choir (Aleppo, Syria)
Agape Chamber Choir / Ագապէ Կամերային Երգչախումբ (Yerevan, Armenia)
ARAR - ԱՐԱՐ Yerevan, Armenia)
Arno Babajanyan Collage Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)
St. Jrbashyan Shool Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)
Naregatsi Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)
Նարեկացի Արվեստի Միություն Naregatsi Art Institute
Nork Hayortats Children's Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)

There has certainly been no shortage of tragedy this year. As we have unprecedented access to bad news in the palm of ou...
12/29/2020

There has certainly been no shortage of tragedy this year. As we have unprecedented access to bad news in the palm of our hands, it’s important to stay mindful of how we process trauma, how we grieve, and how we begin to heal. Earlier this month, as part of a series focused on maintaining inner peace in times of crisis, we invited experts to discuss the impact of media at the intersections of mental health. Here are some key takeaways.
After all, self care is an act of resistance.

At the height of the war, Archbishop Barkev Martirosyan stood at the steps of Shushi’s Holy Savior Ghazanchetsots Cathed...
12/26/2020

At the height of the war, Archbishop Barkev Martirosyan stood at the steps of Shushi’s Holy Savior Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, courageously calling for justice. In this portrait, AGBU Magazine explores the extraordinary life of Barkev Srpazan, a figure synonymous with #ArtsakhStrong.

Visit agbu.org/news-item/the-frontlines-of-faith to read more.

We extend a heartfelt Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. This year has been turbulent in many ways and we are  ...
12/25/2020

We extend a heartfelt Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. This year has been turbulent in many ways and we are thankful for our amazing community of board members, committee members, volunteers and supporters. Together, we are able to drive change and achieve greater things. In unity is strength and we are strong because of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Love,
AGBU West Coast Office

Resilience abound. The amazing women of our AGBU Women Entrepreneurs program are bringing holiday cheer with some unique...
12/24/2020

Resilience abound. The amazing women of our AGBU Women Entrepreneurs program are bringing holiday cheer with some unique handmade gifts! AGBU Armenia has worked to ensure the participation of these talented entrepreneurs in Yerevan’s various Christmas bazaars. From delicacies to decorations, participants from Armenia and Artsakh are growing their businesses while providing much needed light in dark times.

Thousands of uprooted families from Shushi will be ringing in the New Year facing an uncertain future. As they resettle ...
12/23/2020

Thousands of uprooted families from Shushi will be ringing in the New Year facing an uncertain future. As they resettle in Stepanakert, leaving their homes and livelihoods behind, the long climb out of this post-war crisis will be arduous. This winter, your gift to the AGBU Humanitarian Relief Fund will go a long way to ease their burdens and help keep them safe, comfortable, and living in dignity. Each essential item they receive with your generous support sends a message of respect, compassion, and hope. Please visit agbugiving.org/reliefefforts/ to learn more!

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, leader of the Diocese of Tavush, is no stranger to spreading inner peace as he inspires the Ta...
12/21/2020

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, leader of the Diocese of Tavush, is no stranger to spreading inner peace as he inspires the Tavush, on the border with Azerbaijan, to face hardship with faith and courage. Read more about his incredible journey in the latest issue of AGBU Insider: agbu.org/news-item/still-waters

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Creation arises from tragedy. Many Armenian artists have utilized their talents to increase awareness of the war and pre...
12/19/2020
Armenian monuments are at risk in Azerbaijan. L.A. artists make their own to keep memory alive

Creation arises from tragedy. Many Armenian artists have utilized their talents to increase awareness of the war and preserve our culture. From movies, to music, and even virtual monuments, the Armenian creative spirit is eternal. Los Angeles Times

Armenian cultural legacy is at risk in Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh. With Trump officials unresponsive, artists are drawing attention to the issue.

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Between 1906 and 1912, the AGBU provided the villagers of the Western Armenia with seeds, agricultural instruments, etc. It established schools and orphanages in Western Armenia, Cilicia and other Armenian-populated regions of the Ottoman Empire. In 1914, AGBU had 142 branches in Western Armenia, Cilicia, USA, Argentina, Europe and Africa with 8,533 members. The First World War and the Armenian Genocide were turning points for both the Armenian nation and the AGBU. In 1914, Boghos Nubar left Egypt and moved to Paris. Despite the huge losses in different chapters of the union, the AGBU managed to render tangible help to the Genocide survivors. In October 1915, the Sisvan school with 1,222 students, later an orphanage and a camp for women refugees, was established by the AGBU in the desert near Port Said, Egypt. This camp is where survivors of Musa Dagh settled. In the years following the Genocide, the AGBU became mainly involved in taking care of orphans. After the war, the AGBU was reformed and founded new branches in Armenian-populated regions of the Near East, Greece, France and USA. The AGBU's first European branch, founded in Manchester in 1909. From left to right: Sarkis Kuyumjian, S. Shnorhavorian, Mihran Manukian (president), M. Bakrjian, K. Funduklian, D. Iplikjian. In 1921, the union’s headquarters was moved from Cairo to Paris. After World War I, the main goal of the AGBU was to preserve and promote Armenian language, identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. In 1926, AGBU established the Melkonian Educational Institution in Nicosia, Cyprus, Nubarian foundation, which provided scholarships to Armenian youngsters to study in European universities, and the Marie Nubar Dormitory in Paris in 1930. After the death of Boghos Nubar in 1930, oil magnate and prominent Armenian figure Galust Gyulbenkian took over the presidency of AGBU. After heading the union for two years, the son of the former, Zareh Bey Nubar, replaced him and headed the union until 1940. During World War II, the AGBU headquarters was moved from Paris to New York as a result of Nazi occupation. In 1942, Arshak Karagyozian became the fourth president of the AGBU. The AGBU's activities aimed at national preservation became more effective during the post-war period, especially in Alex Manoogian’s tenure between 1953–1989. The AGBU expanded and became the biggest and most influential Diaspora-Armenian organization in the world. In 1954 Alex Manoogian founded the ՚՚"Alex and Marie Manoogian" cultural fund; in 1968 he established the "Alex Manoogian" cultural fund. Through these funds, a number of educational and other establishments were built over the next several years. Today, the AGBU has chapters in 80 cities in 22 countries around the world, with 22,000 members, 120 branches, 27 cultural centers spread worldwide in the USA, Europe, Near East, South America and Australia. The AGBU has 20 schools (6,600 students) and funds more than 16 educational establishments. The AGBU has two libraries, one in Paris and the other in New York City. In 1989, Louise Manoogian Simone, the daughter of Alex Manoogian, became the president of the AGBU. It gave a new breath to the strengthening of ties between the Armenians of Armenia and Diaspora. In 1988, immediately following the Spitak earthquake, the AGBU organized the transportation of food, clothes, and medicine to the disaster zone. In 1990, the AGBU opened a representative office in Yerevan. Restarting its activities in Armenia after a 50-year interval, along with humanitarian assistance, the AGBU carries out projects aimed at and contributing to the development of the country.

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Our History: Compelled by a profound sense of national duty, AGBU founder and first President, Boghos Nubar, boldly set out with nine founding members to form an organization to serve all Armenians and preserve the Armenian identity. Since its inception in Cairo, Egypt on April 15, 1906, the organization’s reputation for integrity resonated and AGBU emerged as an unwavering champion of the Armenian people throughout the 20th century. A chronicle to the times, AGBU’s efforts supported our people faithfully through a tumultuous history of genocide, natural disasters, repatriation, resettlement, revival and national independence. Thanks to the resolute support of our members and donors, AGBU has flourished into a world-class organization with the resources and goodwill to serve Armenians across the Diaspora and in our homeland. Indebted to the initiative and dedication of our predecessors and recent generations, AGBU’s first century of service has systematically redefined the landscape of the Armenian nation. With an emphasis on educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, AGBU operates worldwide over 69 Districts and Chapters, 47 Community Centers and Offices, and 27 Young Professional Groups; administers 25 day and Saturday schools; and supports a manifold of programs, including the American University of Armenia, Senior Dining Centers (Soup Kitchens), Children’s Centers, Student Scholarships, Summer Camps, Athletics & Scouts, Internship Programs, the Performing Arts and 14 publications in six languages. Having crossed the threshold into the 21st century, AGBU is committed to upholding its legacy of moral and fiduciary obligation to the Armenian people with unparalleled foresight and direction. Rooted in our very origins, AGBU provides educational and cultural opportunities to Armenian youth today, for the benefit of the world community tomorrow.

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AGBU Pasadena Glendale Chapter Scouts Summer Camp 2017 @ Camp Lakota, Frazier Park.