GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale Chapter welcomed four local students for its 2013 Summer Internship Program session this month. Students will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of Armenian American issues and to work on community efforts on the local level. The participants for this summer are Arev Markarian, Kristina Terzyan, and Monika Zadori.
Arev Markarian, a recent graduate from Crescenta Valley High School, is involved in local efforts concerning environmental issues. As a co-founder of Organic Garden Club, Markarian keeps close relations with the members as they build the school’s first garden. At a regional level, Markarian was given the opportunity to work as an apprentice to Botany Professor Fong from UCLA, where she worked on a water quality amendment project at Bodega Bay. In the fall, Arev will be attending University of California – Davis, where she will major in Environmental Science and Management.
Kristina Terzyan, entering her third year at University of California Riverside, has been a member of the Armenian Student Association (ASA). After moving to Glendale at the age of ten from Yerevan, Armenia, she quickly became interested in public policy and community outreach. Terzyan hopes to further pursue her interest in civil and immigration law, as well as public policy. Terzyan hopes that her involvement with ANCA-Glendale will provide her with the tools to further contribute to the improvement of the community.
Monika Zadori, a fourth year at University of California Santa Barbara, has been active in student governance programs throughout her high school and college years. During her time at Glendale High School, Zadori participated in the Associated Student Body. While attending UC Santa Barbara she became an avid member of the school’s minority organization, the Armenian Student Association (ASA) where she served as Secretary from 2012-2013. Growing up in the Glendale, Monika feels it an obligation to become involved in grassroots organizations and innovative service projects.
“The ANCA-Glendale Internship Program provides hands-on experience, community values, and a network of contacts that students can take with them wherever they go,” stated ANCA-Glendale Executive Director, Talar Malakian. “I am looking forward to a productive summer with an impressive and gifted group of young adults who are already dedicated to grassroots outreach and civil service. I hope that they will gain an experience that is life-changing, because I know how much the ANCA Glendale Internship Program changed my life.”
Established in the Fall of 2007, The ANCA Glendale Internship program provides an opportunity for student leaders and activists to gain an in-depth understanding of Armenian-American issues as well as advocacy efforts on the local level. In addition to networking with community leaders, candidates participate in workshops featuring a variety of guest speakers, including public officials, ANCA leadership, and specialists from the community. Interns also partake in joint projects with fellow interns as well as individual sessions ranging from media relations and civic participation to grassroots advocacy.
The ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.