The Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region (ANCA-WR) is a grassroots public affairs organization devoted to advancing issues of concern to the Armenian American community. For nearly a century, the ANCA-WR has served to educate, motivate and activate the Armenian American community in the Western United States on a wide range of issues.
An initiative of the ANCA Western Region to recognize the outpouring of generosity by the American people in the immediate aftermath of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1930) and to highlight the efforts of Near East Relief in rescuing and providing assistance to hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who were victims of the Genocide. Through various events and programs “America We Thank You: An Armenian Tribute to Near East Relief,” expresses its gratitude to the American people for establishing and continuing the tradition of being the most generous nation.
Acknowledging the power of a community that votes, the ANCA-WR launched Hye Votes, a region wide, non-partisan initiative to engage community members in the electoral process. The HyeVotes efforts in coalition with a network of non-profit organizations, student groups, and community members, are intended to register and encourage the community to vote in Elections while also serving as a source for voter information.
The Armenian National Committee of America Professional Network (ANCA-PN) is an association composed of Armenian American young professionals in the western United States with expertise in every field, including law, medicine, politics, engineering, education, computer science, art and academia.
Comprised of dedicated community members from the field of education, the ANCA-WR Education Committee fosters and maintains relations with officials, administrators and representatives from community based organizations that deal with education and youth matters. More specifically, the committee focuses on implementing Genocide Education curricula in public schools and works with local ANCA-WR chapters to address the needs of Armenian-American teachers, parents and students at school sites by monitoring and proposing activities and programs.
The ANCA-WR Government Affairs committee promotes civic participation and local, state and federal legislation of interest to the Armenian-American community. The committee maintains open lines of communication with elected officials, and addresses the social, economic, and cultural needs of the Armenian-American community in the Western United States as they pertain to the public sector.
Covering the 19 states west of the Mississippi River, along with the states of Alaska and Hawaii, the ANCA-WR Grassroots and Chapter Development Committee supports the activities of established local ANCA-WR chapters and the formation of new chapters in the region More specifically, the committee builds structures for successful and sustainable mobilization that strengthens the local chapters and the ANCA Western Region programs in legislation, community outreach, education, and organizing.
This dynamic committee comprised of individuals from every professional background serves to identify, plan and host funding and resource development opportunities for the organization. In addition, the committee oversees donor relations, business community outreach initiatives, and special events to keep the ANCA-WR engine running strong.
The ANCA Western Region Internship Program is a selective part-time leadership program, which introduces high school seniors, college students, and recent college graduates to all aspects of the public affairs arena. The program provides an opportunity for student leaders and activists to gain an in-depth understanding of the American political system, Armenian-American issues and advocacy efforts on the local, state and federal levels.
With hundreds of Armenian-American youth who have gone through the ANCA-WR internship pipeline, the Intern Alumni Committee maintains ongoing relationships with alumni of the ANCA-WR Internship Program and other Armenian Youth interested in working with the ANCA-WR in the promotion of the Armenian Cause.
Established in 1985, the ANCA Leo Sarkisian Summer Internship (ANCA-LSI) program, provides student leaders and activists an opportunity to participate in an eight week intensive program designed to give them the tools necessary to effectively advance issues of concern to the Armenian American community on the federal, state and local level.
Launched in 2003, the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program (CGP) helps secure permanent employment and professional internships for young Armenian American professionals in Washington, DC. Through the years, the ANCA has developed many relationships in and around Capitol Hill and identified a wide range of opportunities in the Washington, DC area.