Handout: 5 THINGS ARMENIAN MILLENNIALS CAN INVENT THAT WILL DEFINE THEM AS OUR EMERGING LEADERS
5 Things Armenian Millennials Can Invent That Will Define Them As Our Emerging Leaders
1) ORGANIZE AN ACTIVITY FOR YOUNG -- AND NOT SO YOUNG -- ARMENIANS.
a) A group of you – the Khrimian Lyceum Team if you will -- might host a one-time panel discussion on a hot topic in which you invite your peers and elders -- like what the Armenian Identity Movement in Glendale did:
b) Or host an unusual social event; or a new initiative – such as Armenian Artivism put on by the All-ASA of California and Hamazkayin Artee Group. It is an annual art exhibition/ sale of activist art with proceeds going to Armenian charities:
c) Or launch a survey of Diaspora Armenian youth to find out “where we are” globally. Here is one done by the Armenian Institute of the UK:
d) Or fine-tune your ambitions by attending the Annual Armenian-American Student Mentoring Forum at Fordham University
2) ATTRACT ARMENIANS WHO ARE INVOLVED (OR UN-INVOLVED) IN OUR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.
a) Consider hosting a Khrimian Lyceum-sponsored Open House in which you invite various organizations to showcase summer opportunities and internships for Armenian youth (and promote enrollment to your own school):
b) For your creative initiative, consider reaching out to these groups, all unaffiliated with our traditional Armenian organizations:
• The Armenian Culture Group in NYC on Meetup, launched by Hayko, has over 200 members: https://www.meetup.com/armenian/members/
• The Armenian Art & Culture Group of NYC on Facebook, launched by Lola Koundakjian, has over 630 members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6309896022/
• The Armenia Expat Group in NYC, on Inter-Nations online, has more than 2000 members: https://www.internations.org/new-york-expats/armenians
• The New York Armenians Group on Facebook, launched by Lucine Tegnazian, has over 4000 members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/newyorkarmenians
3) USE YOUR PASSION TO FILL A VOID YOU HAVE OBSERVED.
a) At age 15, young entrepreneur Alique Arslanian of Arlington, Mass. didn’t feel she was doing enough to assist our Syrian-Armenian brothers and sisters who were suffering from foreign invasions. With her grandmother Meline, Alique created “MELO’S KITCHEN: 100% HOMEMADE, 100% DELICIOUS, 100% DONATED” which offers Armenian and Middle Eastern delicacies for sale through high-end gourmet shops in her area and donates all proceeds to the Armenian community of Syria.
b) Pre-vet student Nairi Krafian of Boston, Mass. noticed on a visit to Yerevan that many stray dogs were being abused and euthanized and brainstormed OKNOOSHOON – a mixture of OKNOOTYOON (aid) and SHOON (dog), where, with experts in the field, she launched a dog therapy program to train these strays to become guide dogs and companions for the handicapped, for Artsakh veterans, and for orphans and the elderly with disabilities.
c) In 2015, high school junior Ani Minassian of Andover, Mass. noticed that there were no books on Armenian subjects in her high school library. She and her Armenian classmates DONATED ARMENIAN BOOKS TO THE LIBRARY and did the same thing at their public library.
4) GET YOUR GREAT ARMENIAN IDEA FUNDED.
EXAMPLES: Send your unique proposal to the Gulbenkian Foundation to show how you would launch a creative effort to revitalize the Western Armenian language:
a) A young computer programmer in Los Angeles named Serouj Ourishian got a grant to create a Western Armenian Spellchecker Program for all major computer platforms including smartphones -- accessible through the Nayiri.com Western Armenian online dictionary.
c) Azniv Stepanian, Western Armenian Program Coordinator for Wikimedia in Armenia, has overseen three Armenian Language Wiki-camps in the Diaspora in which Armenian youth write Wikipedia and Wiktionary entries and articles in the Western Armenian language.
SEND YOUR W. ARMENIAN REVITALIZATION PROPOSALS TO GULBENKIAN (note: we do not endorse Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation projects):
5) PITCH YOUR GREAT IDEA to the Diaspora Youth Startup Program called NerUZH….or discover your passion and apply to one of these programs in Armenia OR the Diaspora:
• Impact Hub:
• Repat Armenia:
• Birthright Armenia:
Over 20 years of age
Under 20 years of age
• Padus Araxes Intensive Summer Course in Armenian Language & Culture
• YouthLinks Europe
Find out how you, as a high school student, can participate in the CASPS Leadership and/or Connecting to Your Community workshops in Southern California.
(CASPS stands for The Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools)
What is your passion and how would you put it into practice?
Let me hear from you!
Lucine Kasbarian/ Լուսին Գասպարեան