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NNAAC Fellow Yasmina: I want to learn how a nonprofit runs

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Yasmina Ibrahim, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I joined NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship program to learn more about the administrative aspects of nonprofit organizations."

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NNAAC Fellow Fatima: I hope to improve the public health of my community

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Fatima Hassan, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I hope to explore public health issues that the community faces, and complete a project that works to improve the public health of the community."

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NNAAC Fellow Ruanne: I want to be an effective leader

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Ruanne Elmalawani, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I want to grow on a personal and professional level, to better serve those in need."

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NNAAC Fellow Donya: I want to make a difference whether in one life or many lives

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Donya Alkhatib, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I want to make a difference whether it’s in one person’s life or many people’s lives."

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NNAAC Fellow Maisune: I hope to find my purpose through serving others

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Maisune Abu-Elhaija, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I hope to learn more about myself and my purpose in this world through serving others."

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NNAAC supports Supreme Court decision to review Obama's immigration plan

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will review President Barack Obama's immigration program. The program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), had been stalled in court for months because of a state judge's actions that temporarily halted its progress. 

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NNAAC Fellow Lora: I'm a leader with a passion for justice

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Lora Abdulhak, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I’m an activist because with the help of our local Arab American community, I was able to organize protests in regards to many issues happening in the Middle East, or locally affecting us here." 

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URGENT: Tell your senators that refugees are NOT our enemies

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Join us in telling our nation's leaders to oppose legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the doors to these refugees. Our country is repeating the same mistakes of the past when we closed our doors to Jews fleeing the Nazi regime and punished innocent Japanese Americans with illegal internment.

Tell your senators that refugees are not our enemies!

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President Obama reminds Americans to respect every faith, not to be influenced by fear

At his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said exactly what the American people need to hear in what has become a hostile political climate. He called on Americans to reject the targeting of people based solely on race or religion and clearly stated that vilifying Muslims, both abroad and citizens of the U.S., is un-American.  

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Peace and conflict studies expert joins NNAAC team

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"I plan on expanding our presence on college campuses, building more collaborations with similar groups and campaigns, and utilizing other pathways to spread our message to TAKE ON HATE." — Asha Noor

Asha Noor serves as the Advocacy and Engagement Specialist for the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), with a specific focus on its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. Noor has worked both domestically and abroad in conflict zones with marginalized communities, including women, afro-indigenous groups, refugees, religious minorities and trauma victims.

"The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE is a great fit for me because I love to mobilize and organize around causes that are not only pressing, but that I am also passionate about. In the past, I’ve worked on racial justice issues and advocacy work with marginalized communities. TAKE ON HATE has all of those elements and more. It blends together advocacy work, narrative, civic engagement, community building and collaborative efforts," Noor says.

Before coming to NNAAC, Noor worked with Islamic Relief USA, where she gained an extensive understanding of Middle East conflict and international humanitarian issues. This prompted her interest in Conflict and Peace studies. During her graduate studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, she has focused much of her research and work on Somalia and conflicts facing the Somali Diaspora.

"What I love most about my work in peace and conflict studies is its reflective practices. There’s this misconception that peace-builders go in to “fix” a situation. That model is extremely flawed; really we learn and grow collectively through peace-building. It’s as much a transformative process for me as I hope it is for the communities we work alongside," Noor says.

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