AGBU’s presence in the United States started in 1910 in Fresno, CA. In fact, it was the first chapter to be established in the Western Hemisphere. With a quick expansion throughout Southern California in the 1920s, the state quickly became a bedrock of Armenian communities and AGBU found a home to build a community.
Our current reach spans the West Coast – from Silicon Valley to San Diego, and ventures east to Arizona and Texas. Our committees speak to the diversity of our region and the interests of our people. Chapter committees initiate programs and dynamic events, arts groups encourage cultural exploration and enhancement, young professionals plan thought-provoking lectures and offer unique venues for networking, Asbeds and special committees provide seminars, mentorships and social activities, scouts leadership and sports committees bring youth together to provide unending opportunities for bonding and development, women’s committees provide both wholesome gatherings and inspiring empowerment events and community service both locally and in their hometowns.
We are proud about our thriving K-12 school in Canoga Park, CA, AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, as well as Artemis Nazarian Preschool. In addition, Saturday Schools and after school learning programs offer a myriad of learning platforms in Orange County, Fresno and Los Angeles. Our youth programs cater to learning and creative development, innovation, mentorship, performing arts, and recreational activities. We continue to develop new programs throughout the year.
In short, there’s something for everyone.
Steadfast in our commitment to AGBU’s mission to create a foundation for the prosperity of all Armenians, we work collectively under the motto: In Unity is Strength.