GLENDALE–The Armenian Cultural Foundation Youth Center groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the site of the center.
The project, which has been in the planning stages since 2004 and is adjacent to Glendale St. Mary’s Church, has received the necessary permits from City of Glendale.
ACF Glendale chapter believes that the youth center will go a long way in addressing the critical needs of the Armenian youth in the city and will serve as a meeting place for Armenian youth for after-school activities and other programs.
“We are very excited and are anticipating the opening of the center, in order to launch educational, cultural and athletic programs directed to the youth,” said Glendale Armenian Youth Federation Roupen chapter president Meghedi Babakhian.
“There were several obstacles in the way bringing this project to fruition,” said Neshan Peroomian, the building construction committee president adding there were further obstacles in constructing this building in Glendale, given its contemporary architectural design and structure.
Peroomian added, however, the amenities in the building will ensure that the center will truly become a valuable addition for the youth of Glendale.
“The center is also very important for the St. Mary’s church, since we would be able to hold Sunday School classes there. The Church currently has a significant number of participants, but our current amenities prevent us from carrying out some activities. We hope that this center will enable us to increase the number of in our Sunday School program,” remarked St. Mary’s parish priest Rev. Vazken Atmadjian.
The Armenian Relief Society Sepan Chapter president Knar Avedissian welcomed the construction of this center, adding that the Youth Center will allow the ARS chapter to have its own offices, classrooms for the Saturday School and other activites.
The ACF Youth Center is located at 213-215 West Chestnut Stree, between Central and Brand boulevards.
The public is encouraged to attend this event.