NNAAC Fellow Ruanne: I want to be an effective leader

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 Ruanne Elmalawani, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.

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"I want to grow on a personal and professional level, to better serve those in need."

Ruanne Elmalawani

20 years old
Orlando, Fl.
University of Central Florida, Class of 2017, Political Science and Accounting

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

A: I wanted to give back to my community and develop leadership skills. 

Q: With which organization are you placed?

A: Arab American Community Center of Florida

Q: What do you hope to learn?

A: The different ways I can help a community and how to become an effective leader.

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

A: I want to grow on a personal and professional level, to better serve those in need.

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

A: I plan to work for a nonprofit organization after I graduate, like UNICEF. 

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

A: Positive, proactive, and compassionate. 

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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