Founded in 1918 in Constantinople, Homenetmen emerged as a vital sanctuary for Armenians, especially those deeply affected by the Armenian Genocide. As refugees, including many orphans, sought solace in Constantinople, Homenetmen extended its arms, offering not just physical relief but also a sense of belonging and community. The organization's scouts played a crucial role in caring for over 1,500 refugees, many of whom were orphaned children. This nurturing environment fostered a deep sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, leading members to affectionately address each other as "yeghpayr" and "kouyr", meaning brother and sister in Armenian. This tradition, rooted in the organization's early history of compassion and unity, continues to this day, symbolizing the close-knit bond between Homenetmen members.
A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY
Today Homenetmen continues to serve its mission of promoting Armenian culture, identity, and sports worldwide. With over 25,000 members in 24 countries, Homenetmen organizes various cultural, social, and athletic events, including scouting camps, tournaments, and festivals. The organization also provides opportunities for young Armenians to learn Armenian language and history, fostering a sense of community and pride in their heritage.
In recent years, Homenetmen has also expanded its reach through technology, utilizing social media and online platforms to connect with its members and supporters. The organization has adapted to the changing times, embracing new forms of communication and outreach while maintaining its commitment to preserving and promoting Armenian culture. Homenetmen remains a vital part of the Armenian diaspora, a beacon of unity and strength for the community.
HOMENETMEN SAN FRANCISCO
Homenetmen San Francisco Chapter has a long and proud history of serving the Armenian community in Northern California. Since our founding in 1971, we have grown to become the largest Armenian youth organization in the region, with over 250 members participating in our programs and activities. Over the years Homenetmen San Francisco has organized and participated in numerous cultural, athletic, and social events, including the San Diego Basketball Tournament, the Fresno Basketball Tournament, and the Navasartian Regional Athletic Tournament. We have also sent delegations to the Pan-Homenetmen Jamboree in Armenia and the Homenetmen Regional Scout Jamboree.
We offer a variety of programs that cater to different age groups and interests. Our sports programs include basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field. We also have a scouting program that focuses on teaching wilderness survival, leadership skills, Armenian history, and culture. Our programs are designed to be fun, engaging, and educational for our youth.
ATHLETES AND SCOUTS
Our members come from diverse backgrounds and are united by their Armenian identity and commitment to our organization. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, and we are proud to have members of all ages and skill levels.
Join Homenetmen San Francisco
If you're interested in becoming a member, we welcome you to visit our membership page to learn more about our programs and how to join. Our programs are open to Armenian youth between the ages of 6-18, and we welcome all skill levels and backgrounds. We also offer volunteer opportunities for adults who are interested in getting involved and making a difference in our community.LEARN MORE