NNAAC Fellow Amani Nassir: I want to make a difference

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates 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 Amani Muthanna Nassir, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.

Amani Muthanna Nassir

ACCESS of Western New York | Lackawanna, New York
University of New England


Q: Why did you join the Transformative Leaders Fellowship program? 

A: I want to make a difference. Being a part of ACCESS taught me that one person can make a difference, even if it is small. This fellowship program will provide me with a unique set of skills and knowledge that will help me further accomplish my goals in aiding the community and the programs that help people. 

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

A: I have always been a person who loves to learn. When my knowledge is put to good use, for instance improving the community, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I want to learn different skills to help me enhance my abilities and to use these abilities whether I am in a professional surrounding or participating in aiding the community. 

Q: How does this program fit into your future plans? 

A: I believe that this program will be help me with my future plans of becoming a pharmacist, because of the skills, knowledge, resources and connections that I will gain through my educational experience throughout this program.  

Q: Describe yourself in three words. 

A: Ambitious, Reliable, Motivated


The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) increases the capacity of our member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develops 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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