NNAAC Fellow Yasmina: I want to learn how a nonprofit runs
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 Yasmina Ibrahim, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.
"I joined NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship program to learn more about the administrative aspects of nonprofit organizations."
19 years old
Barnard College of Columbia University, Sophomore, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Religion and Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Q: Why did you join NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship Program?
A: As a native New Yorker, I was raised surrounded by a plethora of diversity in backgrounds and became interested in how Arab Americans, a fairly new and rising community in New York, fit into this diversity. While working with the Arab American Association of New York for three years, I learned a great deal about some of the issues troubling the Arab American and other communities, and became very motivated to work with others to alleviate these problems. Through my years at AAANY, I was primarily focused on youth and youth-related programs. I joined NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship program to learn more about the administrative aspects of nonprofit organizations.
Q: With which organization are you placed?
A: Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, NY
Q: What do you hope to learn?
A: As the Communications and Development Fellow at the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, NY through the NNAAC Fellowship, I hope to learn how to collect funds for the organization’s various programs and services and how to allocate these collected resources efficiently.
Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?
A: I'm aspiring to attend law school in the near future and study International Human Rights Law with a particular focus on the MENA region. I hope that by working with AAFSC through this fellowship, I will be able to gain more insight on some of the political, economic, and social issues plaguing the MENA, which are often driving factors behind emigration out of the region.
Q: How does this program fit into your future plans (i.e. school or career path)?
A: By working on issues relevant to the Arab American community in NYC, I believe that this will give me the opportunity to not only understand the Arab community in the U.S., but also those still living in the Arab World, which I think will prove insightful to my current and future studies.
Q: Describe yourself in three words (i.e. activist, leader, student, humanitarian, etc.).
A: I am a passionate, committed and driven global citizen.
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.