Glendale Youth Alliance Recognized As
Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Portantino
On June 28, 2017, Senator Anthony J. Portantino recognized the Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA) as the 25th State Senate District Nonprofit of the Year. GYA's Board Chair, Shant Sahakian, and Executive Director, Karine Grigoryan, accepted the honor in Sacramento.
"Our organization is extremely proud of our work and honored to be recognized by Senator Portantino as the Nonprofit of the Year. We strive to make a difference in the community by providing job training programs to youth with disabilities, parenting youth, youth who are on probation and foster youth," concluded Grigoryan.
The mission of the Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA), as a youth service organization, is to provide, coordinate and/or support youth employment activities, efforts and programs that have a positive impact on the youth of our community.
Twenty years ago, business and educational leaders asked gang members what would keep them out of gangs, and they responded "jobs." Inspired by this answer, community leaders established the Glendale Youth Alliance in 1993 to provide jobs and employment preparedness training for at-risk youth ages 14 to 24. GYA Programs are designed to build civic values, provide a foundation to learn job skills and increase the likelihood for the participants to become productive members of the workforce. Glendale Youth Alliance currently operates five programs on a spectrum that provide mentored employment to youth. These range from a program that gives subsidized jobs to the youngest youth who have never held a job, to a program for older youth who are ready to secure unsubsidized employment.
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