ARS Festival’s Youth Forum to Encourage Leadership and Initiative

GLENDALE–The Armenian Relief Society of Western US (ARS-WR) will be hosting a Youth Forum during its annual Armenian Festival–being held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on May 14-15. The forum–"You Can Make a Difference," is scheduled from 5 pm-7:30 pm–on Saturday–May 14–at the lower level conference room at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

The forum strives to appeal to today’s young generation to use their creativity and energy to foster effective change in their own communities–as leaders–advisors–and program coordinators. Holding true to its theme–various youth leaders will present their own experiences and show that every individual can make a difference. Another topic of discussion will be the ability to foster change while working within existing decision making structures.

"One of the special goals of the ARS has always been to engage the young people to bring out the best in themselves," said Angela Savoian–Chair of the ARS-WR Regional Executive. She added–"Throughout our 95 year history–the ARS has helped the youth with scholarships and internships–helping them reach their potential through educational and work experiences. This is a new program and we hope to expand it year after year."

The festival entrance fee ($4) will be waived to forum participants–who need to RSVP by sending an e-mail to or calling the ARS-WR at (818) 500-1343.

In April–ARS-WR took on the remarkable responsibility of being a major sponsor of the "March for Humanity," a youth-organized 215-mile 19-day march from Fresno to Sacramento. Continuing an annual tradition–the Regional Executive will be holding an Award Night on June 6–where Southern California chapters provide awards to bright high school graduates.

The Glendale Civic Auditorium is located at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale (the cross street is East Mountain Street). For more information about the festival–click on the rolling photos on the ARS-WR home page at


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