On January 2, 2012, AGBU’s GenNext partnered with the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce to host a fundraiser at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The event featured a college football game between Oregon and Wisconsin. Following a breakfast gathering and a pep talk by GenNext interim director and event coordinator Saro Ayvazians, three mentors, two GenNext interns, and 14 mentees participated in the event to sell over 400 official game day programs. The programs were sold to tailgaters and football fans, with some of the profits retained for use by GenNext.
All mentees showed great enthusiasm for their volunteer efforts for the day, and kept a positive and motivated attitude while focusing on their aim of selling programs to raise funds. One mentee said about his experience, “At first, when a few of the people rejected my sales pitch, I was upset and disappointed. The first 40 minutes were really tough for me. I sold only one program. But then, I thought, ‘I have a goal, and I am going to reach it no matter what.’”