St. Mesrob Armenian Church
Alina Grigorian is a very involved member of the ACYOA. She has been a part of the ACYOA for over 16 years (as soon as she could join Jrs). Alina attended Hye Camp, as both a camper and counselor, starting at 9 years old and attending yearly up until 22 years old. Alina also was a participant at St. Nersess Seminary’s summer conferences. Alina has attended General Assembly and Sports Weekends, Leadership Conferences, Chapter Workshops, Lenten Retreats, and more. Alina was the co-chair for the 2019 General Assembly and Sports Weekend in Milwaukee, WI which was hosted by St. Mesrob Armenian Church of Racine, WI. Alina attends every Armenian event that her schedule allows. Alina traveled to Armenia in 2012 with the Armenia Service Program (ASP) and also traveled on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 2015, where she was able to positively enhance herself spiritually. The ACYOA, and those involved in ACYOA, have had such an amazing and positive impact on Alina and she hopes to also be a positive influence on others in the ACYOA community as well as she continues to serve them.
Alina is a Clinical Specialist (social worker) for the company that she works for, which manages group homes and supported apartments for those diagnosed with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities to assist the individuals in reaching their goals to gain their maximum level of independence. Alina graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2017, and from George Williams College of Aurora University with a Master of Social Work degree in 2019. Alina completed an internship at a counseling agency and free clinic, where she completed mental health intake assessments on individuals and provided free counseling services to those who could not afford it otherwise. Alina is very passionate about helping others where they are at and in seeing the potential in where they could be. Alina enjoys photography, eating, laughing, and environments that promote peace & joy.