PASADENA–The Pasadena Armenian National Committee, joined by members of the Armenian Cultural Foundation and the Armenian Youth Federation, recently met with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44). At the meeting, Pasadena ANC addressed a number of issues that are of concern to the Armenian community in the city of Pasadena, including genocide education efforts in the local school system. Assemblyman Portantino is well aware of Armenian Genocide recognition and the importance of teaching genocide awareness in schools, said ANC-Pasadena member, Suzanne Berberian. We look forward to working with the Assemblyman on these issues and others such as affordable housing and improving our local public school system. During the meeting, Portantino shared that the California State Assembly provides a number of opportunities that are available to college students and recent graduates, such as the California Fellows Program. The California Fellows program allows qualified college graduates to work in the California State Assembly, Senate and Executive branches. While working as a California Fellow, students will receive credit toward their Masters studies through the California State University, Sacramento. Recently, Portaninos office, in collaboration with the Armenian Consulate in Los Angeles, began coordinating a study abroad and exchange program where students from the United States can study in Armenia and students from Armenia will have the opportunity to travel to the United States to further their education. Assemblyman Portantino opened my eyes to many opportunities that are available to college students through the California State Legislature. I will be sharing details of these programs with my fellow AYF members, said AYF Pasadena chairperson, Ishkhan Boghossian.