Hundreds of young Armenians travel to one international destination every other summer for AGBU FOCUS to experience an unparalleled itinerary of cultural and social weekend events full of networking and celebration as they explore the host city with like-minded peers from around the world.
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What is the purpose of AGBU FOCUS?
One of the goals of FOCUS is to develop a new international network of alumni, Young Professionals (YPs), and friends of AGBU between the ages of 21-40, that reflects the diverse nature of the Armenian community. The weekend is also designed to pay tribute to and create awareness of AGBU's numerous youth programs and its investment in young Armenians across the globe.
How many people usually attend AGBU FOCUS?
Since its premier event in 2001, FOCUS has become a highly-anticipated event drawing between 300 and 500 attendees in each city. FOCUS tends to sell out just a few weeks before the weekend.
Do I have to attend
all events in order to
No, although we do encourage our guests to attend all planned activities to revel in the entire experience.
I live abroad. Can I attend?
Absolutely. We encourage our international friends to attend FOCUS and bring with them their unique international outlook and perspective! Please be sure to arrange any necessary travel VISAs and paperwork.
Is there a dress code for any of the events?
Perspectives: Cocktail Chic
Club Night: Dressy Casual
Gala: Formal Attire
All other events call for casual comfort!
Is this weekend a fundraiser?
While the weekend itself is not a fundraiser, AGBU FOCUS launches a large-scale fundraising effort prior to the event honoring and promoting a specific AGBU program. This year’s proceeds will be directed to AGBU’s Education Innovation. If you’re interested in organizing a pre-FOCUS fundraiser for this worthy cause, please email email@example.com.
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For what age group is this weekend the most appropriate?
As the weekend is aimed to encourage networking among young professionals, participants must be 21 and over to attend.
When should I expect to arrive and leave Toronto?
We have scheduled events from the evening of Thursday, July 23 until the afternoon of Sunday, July 26. However, if you have the time, and especially if you're coming from a great distance, we suggest you take this opportunity to also explore the great city of Toronto or surrounding areas.
Is this event a reunion for AGBU Youth Programs?
No. While we certainly encourage past participants of all AGBU programs and AGBU school alumni to get in touch with old friends and make plans to meet at FOCUS, this event is not a reunion and we welcome all young Armenians from around the world.
How do I get involved in organizing the event?
Thanks for your enthusiasm! If you are interested in helping with the organization of FOCUS events or promoting in your area, we would love to have your support. Please contact the AGBU YP Toronto Chair, Mihran Egavian at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, 'Volunteer Interest.'
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact AGBU FOCUS Coordinator Sharis Boghossian at email@example.com or 212-319-6383.