ANCA Youth | Inspiration & Empowerment


Empower the next generation of Armenian Americans by training university students as effective advocates and helping recent graduates start promising policy, political, government, and media careers in Washington, DC.


Expand our staffing and lodging capacity to accommodate, support, mentor, and advise a larger number of youth in our programs.

Strengthen the network of Armenian American professionals working as senior stakeholders in U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Nurture the next generation of Armenian American who will serve in Congress and in key decision-making capacities across the U.S. government.

Expand the ANCA’s Rising Leaders program, in terms of scope, number of participants, and frequency.


The ANCA’s two signature youth initiatives, the Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship Program and the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program, have empowered hundreds of young Armenian Americans.

The Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship has trained hundreds of community leaders during annual eight-week programs. Former interns hold leadership positions in the ANCA and across the Armenian community.

The Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program has placed hundreds of recent college graduates in full-time positions in the White House, Congress, Federal agencies, World Bank, think tanks, media outlets, and other influential organizations.

With the help of the Aramian Family, the ANCA bought The Aramian House, a landmark eight-bedroom property in downtown Washington that provides rent-free summer housing for interns and year-round free housing for Gateway Fellows.

The Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program has a placement rate of over 90% of fellows finding full-time, career track positions.

Hosted Rising Leaders, the ANCA’s annual three-day career development and civic education program for motivated university-aged Armenian Americans interested in exploring policy, political and media careers in the nation’s capital.

Inaugurated the Maral Melkonian Avetisyan Fellowship, a dedicated annual summer intern position.
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