CHLA President Lily Yagubyan Helps Spread Smiles Across Children’s Faces


Andrea Samperio, Staff Writer

Glendale High School has many different variations of clubs, focusing on attaining their objectives, conversing on certain subjects, and acknowledging conflicts that we have been facing. However, one club that is indubitably worth joining is CHLA (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)! 

The young woman behind it all, GHS senior and CHLA President Lily Yagubyan, not only plans to obtain her academic goals, but she also desires to become someone who can help contribute to the world, while having a fun life to live.

Lily is 17 years old, was born and raised in Glendale, California, and is able to fluently speak both English and Armenian. She enjoys listening to music and baking brownies, especially for their crunchy, warm texture. Lily also likes painting, because she feels that she “can take a break from school and relax.” Another activity that Lily is involved in on campus is the girls varsity soccer team for GHS, and this is her fourth and final year on the team.

In Lily’s junior year, she and her friend chose to join CHLA in hopes of sharing the Vice President position. She realized that this wasn’t going to happen, so instead, she ran for Vice President by herself and her friend ran for President of CHLA. Now, in her senior year, she successfully managed to earn the role of President. 

She explains how being Vice President of CHLA isn’t so different than being President. It is just about splitting the amount of work and alternating assignments as a team. However, she says, it was difficult to manage the club meetings because of the people who didn’t attend or participate. 

CHLA is about fundraising to help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the activities they do can help benefit the hospital. These activities include attending Round Up, writing kind-hearted letters to help raise money, and hopefully performing community service at the hospital. More activities are still to be decided for the future. 

To Lily, leadership is communicating with all members of the club. She deeply cares to know what is going on and how she can improve, and she also wants to have fun with them at the same time. Lily says that she, and all members of the club, plan on giving back as much as they can to the Children’s Hospital during these circumstances that have spread because of COVID-19. 

In the future, Lily hopes to become a forensic psychologist, also known as a criminal profiler. She is interested in this field, because she wants to hold more knowledge about the mind of a killer. Lily wants to go back to campus as soon as possible, since she believes it is easier to communicate in person, rather doing it electronically.  Five years from now, she hopes to travel to any place in the world, graduate from college, and just choose the right path in life. 

For more information on CHLA, please click HERE, or contact club advisor, Mr. Gebeshian, at [email protected].