NNAAC Fellow Yasmeen Azam: I want to revive "radical" compassion

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 Yasmeen Azam, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.


Yasmeen Azam

Access California Services | Anaheim, Calif.
California State University, Long Beach - Major: International Studies/Minor: Middle Easter Studies (&) Economics


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

A: I have always wanted to use my time and efforts towards serving those that may need it most, but get the least help. I love that I am able to develop my personal leadership skills while directly serving my community. I do believe empowerment in oneself comes from empowering others.

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

- leadership development
- technical skills (grant writing, utilizing online resources, logistic organization, etc.)
- being able to learn more Arabic and about the Arab culture from the kids I work with
- networking! :)

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

A: I am aspiring to be a human activist, so learning behind the scenes before I reach that place is essential. 

Q: Describe yourself in three words. 

A: Activist, Curious, God-conscious


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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