BURBANK—Since November 2009, the Armenian National Committee of Burbank (ANC Burbank) worked hard to increase awareness about and community participation in the US Census. Led by its Census task force, the ANC Burbank organized several events including the distribution of thousands of flyers, hosted outreach events at Burbank High School and John Muir High School, directly contacted over 4,000 residents, and implemented an effective mass media presence on local Armenian television networks.
ANC Burbank focused on educating Armenian Americans to properly identify themselves on the forms and completing the form in a timely manner. While completing the form, individuals were strongly encouraged to identify themselves as “Other”, while printing “Armenian” in the space provided underneath.
The federal government uses information from the Census as a means by which it determines the amount of funding each city receives. Since the federal government also allocates resources to areas that have particular underrepresented minorities, properly identifying the Armenian American community was very important to position the community to receive its fair share of these resources.
The ANC Burbank also recognized the hard work of its Census task force, which was comprised of volunteers and headed by team’s chairwoman, Silva Kechichian. The dynamic team included Ania Alexandrian, Gaidzag Shahbazian, Hamlet Zadoorian, Joseph Arshakian, Karo Aydindzhyan, Lusine Mosinyan and Nanneh Chehras.
For several of its March 2010 events, the task force worked in collaboration with Los Angeles County employees who were also dedicating community service hours to raise awareness about the US Census.
The Armenian National Committee of Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.