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.
"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."
20 years old
Valencia Community College - Second Year
Q: Why did you join NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship Program?
A: For the great opportunity, and the chance to learn more about community work.
Q: With which organization are you placed?
A: AACC –Arab American Community Center of Orlando, Fl.
Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?
A: I want to gain as much experience I could, build my resume, and expand my connections.
Q: How does this program fit into your future plans (i.e. school or career path)?
A: Because of this great opportunity, I was given the chance to edit and write a magazine that the AACC launched. I also developed an Arabic radio show, which helps with my career, because I am majoring in journalism.
Q: Describe yourself in three words (i.e. activist, leader, student, humanitarian, etc.)
A: I’d like to consider myself an activist, leader and a student. 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. I’m a leader because I have this passion that drives me to make sure everyone is doing what they want, no one is mistreated, and everything goes according the plan. I’m not only a student in my school, I’m also a student of NNAAC, a student of this great community, that one day I hope I will be able to make a change in.
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.