Glendale—With the expansion of its internship program, the Armenian National Committee – Glendale Chapter announced the appointment of longtime community volunteer Nadia Simon as Internship Coordinator. Beginning this week, Simon will further develop and coordinate the part-time leadership program, which provides an opportunity for student leaders to gain an in-depth understanding of community issues as well as advocacy efforts on the local level.
“We are excited to have someone with such extensive background in youth leadership and community involvement join our team,” stated ANC Glendale Chapter Chairman Zanku Armenian. “We look forward to the results of Nadia’s work that will expand the internship program to create a youth core of future civic leaders,” added Armenian.
In an effort to provide diverse educational activities, Simon will coordinate weekly workshops and lectures, connect with city officials and community organizations to provide externship opportunities, as well as administer several projects to the summer 2009 interns such as raising funds for Relay for life, conducting voter registration drives and guiding interns in regards to the application of their own ideas through individual and group projects.
Prior to joining the ANC Glendale Chapter, Simon worked on numerous local, state and federal campaigns, ranging from offices in Glendale to the San Fernando Valley, to Manhattan Beach and East Los Angeles. Through her extensive involvement, Simon has also had an opportunity to work with the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, coordinating volunteers for the Obama campaign. Most recently, Simon served as campaign manager for Councilmember Ara Najarian’s re-election campaign.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the growth and progression of all the interns,” stated Nadia Simon. “I hope all the interns will apply their experiences with their community involvement and in their future endeavors” added Simon.
Simon, 22, graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in Political Science and a minor in Communication Law & Media Policy. As an exemplary political activist, Simon is currently working on producing a HR 106 Documentary for the Armenian Institute at USC. When released, the documentary will be distributed to various institutions and organizations.
ANC-Glendale promotes increased Armenian American civic participation and engagement at the grassroots and public policy levels.