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Don’t miss out! Hear from renowned media expert Dr. Jack Shaheen at #ArabAmericanSummit!

This November, at The Arab American Summit, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) is thrilled to offer participants the chance to hear live from mass media expert, acclaimed author and compassionate philanthropist, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen! He will lead a special session during the Summit, themed From Marginalized to Organized: A Conversation on the State of Arab American Civil Rights with Dr. Jack Shaheen.

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Program Evaluations Even a Nonprofit Could Love [Workshop at #ArabAmericanSummit]

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Photo courtesy of University of California, Berkeley

We live in an ever-changing world that requires adaptability to thrive. Nonprofit organizations must learn how to evaluate and develop their programs to meet changing community needs.

The Arab American Summit—Nov. 7 to 8 in Dearborn, Mich.—will feature the workshop “Evaluation Even a Nonprofit Could Love: Low-Cost Program Evaluation for Community-Based Organizations.” This interactive session will teach you how to design and implement program evaluations for the greatest impact. 

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Hate crimes? 'Not in Our Town'! [Workshop at #ArabAmericanSummit]

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Slurs spray-painted at the Islamic School of Rhode Island in February. Photo courtesy of the Providence Journal

The reality of hate and bullying is far too real. How can communities come together to respond to and prevent hate crimes? After 20 years of making films about people responding to hate in their communities, Not in Our Town has honed a strategy of media and engagement to bring together allies and promote a sustainable approach for preventing hate and bullying.

The Arab American Summit will feature the workshop "Not in Our Town: Innovative Responses to Hate Crimes." Learn how to collaborate across faith groups, schools, law enforcement and the civic sector.  Leaders will share the challenges in preventing hate and bullying, while detailing the role media can play in supporting these efforts. This is a successful model of how communities can work together to be safer and more inclusive.

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No Jedi Mind Tricks Needed: Harnessing the Power of Narrative [#ArabAmericanSummit]

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Don't worry — there's no lightsaber needed for this session at The Arab American Summit! It's all about the power of words.

Stories are powerful motivators of action and knowing how to use them to your advantage is important. This year's Summit—Nov. 7 and 8 in Dearborn, Mich.—includes in its impressive line-up the session “No Jedi Mind Tricks Needed: Harnessing the Power of Narrative” to explore the nuances of impactful storytelling.

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Who are the Haters and Who Cares? [Workshop at #ArabAmericanSummit]

We stand up to bigotry and vow to #TAKEONHATE every day, but who exactly are we up against? What kind of impact do haters have on Arab and Muslim Americans, and how can they be stopped? Attend The Arab American Summit, Nov. 7 and 8 in Dearborn, Mich., for a workshop facilitated by Center for New Community on Who are the Haters and Who Cares?  

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A protester holds up crumpled pages of the Quran in front of supporters of a Phoenix, Ariz. mosque in May. Photo courtesy of AFP

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Summit to explore incredible journey of Arab American community [#ArabAmericanSummit]

Arab American leaders, advocates and allies from across the country will gather at The Arab American Summit—an exceptional, dynamic symposium—on Nov. 7 and 8 in Dearborn, Mich.

AASummit15.jpgThe Summit, convened by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), promises to be a powerful two-day convention of organizational leaders, community members and youth.

This year’s theme From Marginalized to Organized symbolizes the incredible journey of the Arab American community, honoring the hard work that has been done and encouraging the further advancement of social justice and community change. Forum and session topics include important issues facing the Arab American community and the country as a whole, best practices for community impact and creative solutions to address pressing problems.

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And the Emerging Leader Award goes to ... Sara El-Amine! [#ArabAmericanSummit]

Among the many reasons to attend The Arab American Summit this November is the chance to meet change-maker Sara El-Amine, this year's recipient of NNAAC's Emerging Leader Award.Sara_El_Amine.jpg

The award recognizes Arab Americans under 35 who have achieved significant accomplishments in their work, enhancing the overall state of Arab Americans, and who will undoubtedly continue to exceed for years to come.

El-Amine is Executive Director of the grassroots nonprofit Organizing for Action (OFA), which has brought together millions of Americans fighting for real and lasting change, by training, educating and inspiring engaged community members across the United States. With more than 250 local chapters around the country, they are committed to finding and training the next generation of great progressive organizers. El-Amine has also worked on both of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

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Creative solutions for challenges faced by arts, culture nonprofits

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Photo courtesy of NNAAC Member Center for Arabic Culture

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has many valuable resources for nonprofits, specifically those focusing on arts and culture. The fund’s report on survey data from arts and culture nonprofits details the barriers faced by many organizations and provides important lessons for how to overcome these issues.

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What the 2015 Millennial Impact Report Means for Nonprofits

The Millennial Impact Project explores how millennials (individuals now age 15-35) think about and engage with causes. Prior research mainly focused on how millennials interact with nonprofit organizations, but the new report examines how millennials approach causes through the workplace. 

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5 ways to use social media more effectively

 

It’s easy to set up a Facebook page and begin posting, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to effectively use social media. In order to take advantage of social media’s power to reach and motivate large audiences, be strategic and follow these tips:  

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