Meet 2018 - 19 NNAAC Fellow Sammy Nijem!

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 Sammy Nijem, one of our 2018-19 fellows, in our interview with him below.

Sammy Nijem

Arab American Association of New York

Why did you join the Leadership Fellowship?
I joined the Transformative Leaders Fellowship program because I wanted to tackle the opioid crisis in my neighborhood and also give back to the community.

What is your favorite quality about your host-site organization?
My organization is catering to my community that I have been apart of for years. Seeing projects that will ultimately help better serve our community is something I enjoy.

How does this program fit into your future plans?
This program fits into my future plans because I want to go to law school in the future. Being a leader or seeing myself transform into a leader is a skill that I feel can be transferred over into law school.

What is a personal goal that you would like to achieve?
To better develop myself as a community leader.

What is a professional goal that you would like to achieve?
My professional goals is improving my public speaking skills.

Why do you think programs like this are important?
I think it's important for programs like these to exist in the Arab American communities because it can bring a sense of empowerment for our community.

Describe yourself in three words.
Optimistic, adventurous, open minded

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders 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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