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Deadline to apply for ANCA’s ‘Rising Leaders’ conference extended to February 7

Alumni Praise Innovative 3-Day Washington, DC Youth Empowerment Program; Application deadline extended to February 7

WASHINGTON—Armenian American college students still have two weeks to apply for the Armenian National Committee of America’s “Rising Leaders: Career Development and Civic Education” program, which will introduce young Armenians in Washington, D.C. to opportunities in advocacy, politics, politics and media through a unique 3-day immersion program.

ANCA is offering two attendance options – March 6-8 and March 13-15 – to coincide with the two main spring break schedules at most universities. The top 25 applicants, based on academic excellence and proven community youth leadership, will be chosen for each session. Applications and additional information are available on the event website. Students chosen for the program have two participation options – one that provides accommodation for the three-day program ($100) and another that includes the program fee only ($25). Students are responsible for travel to and from Washington, DC. Financial assistance will be granted based on need and availability.

“We look forward to working with top Armenian American college students from across the country who have already applied for our 2022 Rising Leaders programs,” said ANCA Program Director Alex Manoukian. “We’ve extended the application period for just two more weeks to ensure students have the opportunity to take advantage of this fun, innovative and educational program in our nation’s capital.”

ANCA Rising Leaders alumni from the inaugural year 2019 have become enthusiastic advocates for this unique program.

NAFC Eastern Region Communications Specialist Nairi Diratsouian explains, “The ANCA Rising Leaders program gave me a better understanding of grassroots advocacy and strengthened my knowledge of Armenian-American policy priorities. Ultimately, it made me understand how I can direct my passion for Hai Tahd [the Armenian Cause] into concrete goals and led me to where I am today.

Former AYF Western US Central Executive Member and Leo Sarkisian Internship Alumnus Hakop Hajipekyan note: “The ANCA Rising Leaders Program is an incredible opportunity for Armenian American students considering a career in Washington DC. The three-day program offers workshops and seminars where students/participants will understand the ins and outs of grassroots advocacy and policymaking in our nation’s capital. Not to mention the unfettered access that participants will have to a wealth of resources and professionals already working in the field.

AYF New Jersey “Arsen” Chapter Karnie Dishoyan remarked that “participating in this program gave me the opportunity to network with Armenian professionals and promote the Armenian cause on Capitol Hill”.

ANCA has once again partnered with the Armenian Youth Federation of Eastern and Western United States and the Georgetown University Armenian Student Association (Georgetown ASA) to host these unique student-focused events, generously supported by Dean Shahinian and the family of late ANCA activist Lucine. Kouchakdjian.

The 2022 sessions will begin on Sunday with a full day of interactive presentations by the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program Advisory Board, focusing on the fundamentals of career research, resume preparation and networking 101 to market insights. internships and work in Washington, DC. Monday’s activities will include meetings with professionals in politics, politics and the media, including current and former members of federal agencies and Congress, to discuss careers in the nation’s capital. These will be followed by an extended session with ANCA team members on advancing community priorities at the federal, state and local levels. The seminar will conclude with Lucine Kouchakdjian Capitol Hill Day, a full day of discussions on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and staff on strengthening U.S.-Armenian ties, supporting Artsakh’s freedom, and ensuring the justice for the Armenian Genocide.

Throughout the program, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Washington, DC and make new friends.

More than 30 students from top colleges and high schools across the United States traveled to the nation’s capital to participate in the ANCA’s inaugural Rising Leaders Program of 2019, which was made possible, in large part, through a generous contribution from the Ararat Foundation Shahinian Educational Fund. . Long-time ANCA supporter Dean Shahinian is once again the main sponsor of this unique youth development program along with family and friends of Lucine Kouchakdjian.

Dean Shahinian has held various positions in the federal government for more than 30 years, including 16 years on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he worked with committee chairs on numerous bills and statutes. , including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. In the Armenian community, he has served on the boards of St. Nersess Seminary and the Armenian Student Association. He also served several terms on the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America.

For decades, living in the DC area – in addition to her cultural, educational and charitable work with a wide range of community organizations – Lucine Zadoian Kouchakdjian has organized highly effective ANCA campaigns to foster a spirit of civic responsibility forward-looking among Armenians. Americans through the nation’s capital. Capitol Hill Rising Leaders Day was named in memory of his life in service to the Armenian cause after his passing earlier this year.

For more information, email [email protected] or simply register today or visit the program website.

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