Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sam Solakyan Supports Glendale Healthy Kids

Glendale Healthy Kids Logo, Flexing heart

It is no secret that Sam Solakyan has a passion for helping and caring for our nation's children, specifically in the greater Los Angeles area.  One of the many roles he has taken on is on the board of directors for Glendale Healthy Kids.  The organization envisions a community in which every child has optimal health. Their mission is to provide affordable or no cost quality healthcare to children who are under-insured or are uninsured altogether. The organization was formed in 1993 when the city of Glendale came together with Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Glendale Unified School District.  To find out more about Glendale Healthy Kids and how to get involved, click here:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sam Solakyan on Los Angeles Foster Care System

Child and father holding hands

What defines a good childhood isn’t the amount of toys or money parents provide for their children. A happy and healthy childhood is characterized by the love and trust between a child and their guardian. The home should be a safe haven protected from the cruelties of the world. Unfortunately, some children are stuck with parents that are simply unfit to take care of a child. In these cases a foster home may be the appropriate solution. These children are often vulnerable after being exposed to violence and exploitation in their homes. It is everybody’s hope and belief that these children finally be placed in a safe environment where they will be treated with respect and live the life every child deserves. Sadly this is not always the reality America’s youth faces.

In 1986 California revised its legislation allowing for a privatized part of the foster care system. Since then the quality of many foster care systems has dropped significantly. Authorities now have less oversight of foster care families due to an inadequate screening process that fails to prevent even convicted criminals from becoming foster parents. Of the close to 60,000 children that end up in the L.A. foster care system every year, far too many become victims of abuse within their new home.This is an issue that must be dealt with before another child gets hurt. Recently, Sam Solakyan has involved himself in a potential solution. Solakyan is doing his part by spreading the word and supporting programs.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Sam Solakyan Sponsors NCMEC CyberTipline

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Being a father of two, Sam Solakyan knows the true meaning of being a responsible parent. Looking after your own children is one thing, but it’s also important to look after kids that may not have someone to keep a watching eye on them. Since this is an issue that is close to Sam Solakyan’s heart, he is now sponsoring a training and development program for local law enforcement officials at the Museum of Tolerance from January 27 – 31. The program is crafted to help law enforcement officers respond and recover missing children. Another goal of the program is to educate retired officers about the CyberTipline which they will employ in order to guide and assist the search of missing children.

Sam Solakyan's Vital Imaging Research Collaboration with University of California San Diego

Vital Imaging Image of Business Man

Vital Imaging, always at the forefront of innovative and exciting developments, is continuing its collaborative effort with the University of California, San Diego to explore the physical impact carrying heavy military gear has on soldiers. The study utilizes Kinetic MRI technology, allowing researchers to monitor changes in the spine from multiple positions. The continued research is made possible by a second grant from the Department of Defense(DoD), to be allocated over the next three years.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

CEO, Sam Solakyan, Sleeps on Los Angeles Streets for Good Cause

ceo's sleeping out on the street in sleepingbags during the covenant house sleep out

Every night thousands of kids seek shelter in a cardboard box, a lonely alley or a closed down warehouse to get some rest. This is the harsh reality of Los Angeles’ homeless youth that most of us are fortunate enough to never experience, but every year the Covenant House arranges the annual Covenant House Sleep Out where CEO’s, business men and women spend a night outside their comfy homes to raise awareness of the homeless kids of Los Angeles and nationwide. This year Sam Solakyan joined the Sleep Out and the experience was “unsettling to say the least.” 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sam Solakyan Combines Entrepreneurship with Philanthropy

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Being a successful entrepreneur and business profile has given Sam Solakyan the opportunity to pursue his own personal goals, to work with passion on projects and to give back to the community. Such opportunities have brought great value to Sam’s life. Leading back to his childhood years, Sam’s urge to help people has been strong. There are moments of contemplation in every entrepreneurs life where they face the ultimate entrepreneurial dilemma: try to build something on their own or take a job working for someone else. For Solakyan the answer to that question has always been obvious. The entrepreneurial life has given him many opportunities to give back and make his community a better place. If he chose to follow down the path of another then Solakyan may not be able to do the philanthropy work he loves.

Given his experience with entrepreneurship, Solakyan now encourages those with even the smallest desire to become an entrepreneur to take the step and do it! To do something that you love and at the same time being able to help others brings great value to anyone’s life. It may seem like a giant step to take, but Sam’s belief is that the dream of creating something on your own is worth the risk. The road of an entrepreneur will certainly present challenges, however if you combine passion with persistence, you will eventually reach a state of satisfaction. Today, there are great assets and tons of information for anyone who wants to spread their entrepreneurial wings; a naturally huge advantage that wasn’t available to yesterday’s entrepreneurs. In essence, the dream of becoming an entrepreneur is closer than ever.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sam Solakyan Donates $100,000 to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Being a passionate father of two, the issue of children’s safety and wellbeing is close to Sam Solakyan’s heart. In the struggle to provide a safer world for our children the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children works hard to help children grow up in a safe and free environment.

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