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Our Story

Thirty 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 six 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Meet The Staff

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Karine Grigoryan

Executive Director

Marine Badalyan

Youth Services Financial Coordinator

Lusine Baghdasaryan

Youth Services Coordinator
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Eliza Dzhaneryan

Youth Services Supervisor

Laura Issacs-Galvan

Youth Services Coordinator

Alfred Garciga




Youth Services Field Coordinator 

Jasmine Venegas-Goulet

Youth Services Coordinator

Mia Titilah

Youth Services Coordinator

Ripsime (Rita) Terzian

Youth Services Coordinator

Ani Duzdabanyan-Manoukian

Public Relations & Fundraising Coordinator

Aline Krikor

Youth Services Program Specialist 

Meet The Executive Board

Meet The Board of Directors

Looking to get in touch with us?

Visit the "Contact" page or click the button below for a list of our phone numbers and emails.

Leadership Gallery

Thank You, Sponsors!

An image with 29 logos from different companies who sponsor GYA, like the Bank of Hope.
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