NNAAC Fellow Noha: I want to impact the Arab American community in NYC

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 Noha Mahmoud, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I joined the Transformative Fellowship Program because I wanted to make an impact in the Arab American community in New York City."

Noha Mahmoud 

22 years old
Staten Island, New York
Studied Communications and Media Studies

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

A: I joined the Transformative Fellowship Program because I wanted to make an impact in the Arab American community in New York City. The Fellowship will provide me an opportunity to continue working on my skills that I acquired during my summer internship at the Arab American Association of New York as well as build new skills. Also, I would like to help the Association to grow. 

Q: With which organization are you placed?

A: I am placed at the Arab American Association of New York. 

Q: What do you hope to learn?

A: I hope to learn about grant-writing and also becoming a bigger part of the advocacy and civic engagement department. 

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

A: Personal Goals: Giving back to the Arab American community and becoming closer with the community. Professional Goals: Helping to make the AAANY a safe space for youth to come in as well as giving them an opportunity to become active within the community. 

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

A: In the future, I plan on working full-time at a non-profit organization that focuses on helping the Arab American community and use that experience to help the Middle Eastern countries. 

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

A: Passionate, Motivated, Quick-learner

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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