NNAAC Fellow Radia: I want to prove to young Arab Americans that they're capable of great things

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 Radia Mchabcheb, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I want to be able to prove to other young Arab Americans that you ARE capable of doing great things. I want my little sister to grow up knowing she can do anything and she can become a huge positive change in her community."

Radia Mchabcheb

18 years old
Bridgeview, Ill.
College of DuPage, Sophomore, Pre-Medicine

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

A: I joined NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship Program because I don’t feel as though I saw enough local representation of Arab Americans. I love seeing young Arab-Americans working to help their community, and I couldn’t be happier to join the effort.

Q: With which organization are you placed?

A: I was placed with Arab American Family Services in Bridgeview, Ill.

Q: What do you hope to learn?

A: I hope to learn more about the families living in my area and hopefully build close relationships with them.

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

A: I want to be able to prove to other young Arab Americans that you ARE capable of doing great things. I want my little sister to grow up knowing she can do anything and she can become a huge positive change in her community.

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

A: I want to become a doctor in the future, more specifically an OB/GYN or Pediatrician. This program grants me the opportunity to work closely with women and families in need. I can gain a better understanding of the community I want to serve.

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

A: If I had to describe myself in three words it would be: humanitarian, student, optimist.

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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