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."

Donya Alkhatib

22 years old
Orlando, Fl. 
Barry University School of Law, 3L; Immigration and Criminal Law

Q: Why did you join NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship Program?

A: I wanted to become more involved with the Arab American community and to learn more about how a nonprofit functions.

Q: With which organization are you placed?

A: Arab American Community Center of Florida

Q: What do you hope to learn?

A: I hope to learn more about nonprofits and the needs of not only the Arab American community, but also the needs of others in the community who the AACC services on a daily basis.

Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?

A: I want to make a difference whether it’s in one person’s life or many people’s lives. I would like to make the Youth Program a successful, continuous program that empowers youth to become involved in their community and to become leaders within those communities.

Q: How does this program fit into your future plans (i.e. school or career path)?

A: I hope to one day start my own nonprofit and give back to my community in any way that I can and I know this opportunity will teach me the skills needed.

Q: Describe yourself in three words (i.e. activist, leader, student, humanitarian, etc.)

A: Ambitious, student, humanitarian

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formally the Youth Fellowship Program) increases the capacity of our human service member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develop crucial leadership skills in the fellows themselves. The program engages college students and/or recent graduates over a nine-month placement with a NNAAC member organization. Fellows are recruited by NNAAC members locally, and in partnership with universities. Learn more.

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