BURBANK, Calif.—Parents and youth of all ages attended an anti-bullying presentation hosted by the AYF Juniors Burbank “Gaidzag” Chapter on Sunday, May 17, at the Burbank Armenian Center.
With the purpose of disseminating information to both parents and youth, speakers offered their expertise in separate presentations. “We decided to hold two separate presentations specifically because we wanted the youth to feel comfortable to voice their concerns and opinions without their parents in attendance. In a similar fashion, parents were able to speak freely on the topic as well,” said Ani Garibyan, Director of the AYF Juniors Burbank Chapter.
Presentations for the youth were led by Dr. Soseh Esmaeili, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Officer Vaughn Gaboudian of the Los Angeles School Police Department. They introduced the various types of bullying in the form of activities and engaged their young audience. Thereafter, all youth in attendance recited an impactful anti-bullying pledge.
The parents interacted with Dr. Narek Kassabian, Principal at R.D. White Elementary School; Dr. Ilin Magran, Psychologist at Glendale Unified School District; and Officer Jonathan Dugas of the Burbank Police Department. As a result, they were able to receive a great deal of insight and knowledge on how to deal with different forms of bullying.
“From the feedback we received, parents gained a better understanding of what bullying is, the signs to look out for if their child is being bullied, and learned tactics on how to address issues,” said Saro Shirinian, Chairperson of the AYF Juniors Central Council.