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."

Fatima Hassan 

21 years old
Livonia, Mich.
Bachelor of Public Affairs, Peace/Conflict Studies, Biology Minor

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

A: I joined the NNAAC Transformative Fellowship Program in order to connect with my local community of Arab Americans and work with under-represented groups of individuals. 

Q: With which organization are you placed?

A: ACCESS Dearborn 

Q: What do you hope to learn?

A: I hope to learn more about the great potential as well as possible limitations that exist in the Arab American community, both locally and at large. 

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

A: 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. 

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

A: ACCESS and NNAAC intersect at a great place in terms of my interests in the public health career path, as well as initiatives working on Arab American representation. 

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

A: Mentor, Leader, Advocate 

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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