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Emerging Leaders Program

 

Each month, AAI’s Generations series brings together Arab American professionals in the Washington, DC area to celebrate, learn, and network with one another. From college interns to seasoned professionals, Generations convenes talented, passionate Arab Americans from all professional backgrounds to learn from one another. The Arab American community in DC is a valuable resource for new professionals as well as a platform for our brightest leaders to develop the next generation of Arab American stars.

The Arab American Institute exists to empower Arab Americans as leaders in their community and in the public sphere. In 2010, the Arab American Institute Foundation launched the Emerging Leaders Program to better engage with our highly-motivated students, young professionals, and emerging leaders. For the past five years, ELP was a huge success as Arab American students and professionals interacted with others and gained one-of-a-kind insight from key note guests during monthly networking events. The Emerging Leaders Program has now evolved into Arab American Generations (AAG), a more comprehensive, integrated approach to more fully engage our alumni, our veteran members of ELP, as well as with the next generation of Arab American professionals.  

Generations will host monthly gatherings with food, fun, opportunities to network, and Arab American guest speakers who are engaged in important work that impacts our community. Past speakers have included White House staff, Arab American members of Congress, community activists, and business leaders. We also gather to celebrate occasions like Ramadan and cultural events, and to watch significant TV coverage of political events like election results and State of the Union speeches. Generations also leads two Arab American Service Days in May and November to give back to the communities we live in. Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer at AAI’s Yalla Vote events, and trainings on topics from “How to Get a Job at the State Department” to “Communications Bootcamp.”

Any and all Arab Americans who find themselves in the DC metro area are welcome to join AAI’s Arab American Generations. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Joan Hanna

ELP News

“Yalla 2016” Convenes Arab American Leaders in Washington, DC

November 25, 2014 — Blog

“Yalla 2016” Convenes Arab American Leaders in Washington, DC

This weekend, the Arab American Institute held a summit in Washington, D.C. to convene a significant group of Arab American leaders and activists from across the country. Over three days of programming, participants engaged in substantive conversations about organizing the Arab American community ahead of the 2016 presidential races. Read More »

Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

August 01, 2014 — Blog

Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

On the 28th of June, the Clinton International Summer School welcomed twenty exceptional students from the farthest reaches of the world to their International Summer Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The program is an opportunity for young leaders from underserved communities to come together in a show of brilliant diversity to learn about community engagement, business leadership, and entrepreneurship, all while building life-long ties with other future leaders. Read More »

Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

July 21, 2014 — Blog

Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is delighted to announce that the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to Maisune Elhaija and Judy Mualem. Each year, AAIF awards outstanding students for their leadership and dedication to serving their communities. Read More »

Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

July 18, 2014 — Blog

Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

In war torn Syria, artillery shells litter the rubble of destroyed homes and cultural heritage sites; but in an art studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the beginnings of the bronze bust of late Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, sits waiting to immortalize this Syrian history now vulnerable to the destruction of war. Read More »

AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

July 17, 2014 — Blog

AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area. Read More »

White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

June 19, 2014 — Blog

White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored. Read More »

The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

June 16, 2014 — Blog

The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

While there is nothing remarkable about the six cents often found on street corners or in the forgotten depths of couch cushions, Batoul Abuharb harnessed the unlikely power of a six cent text message and launched Dunia Health, a global initiative to aid overburdened medical clinics throughout the Middle East. Read More »

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

March 14, 2014 — Blog

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights on her career path and the challenges of working such an expansive health policy rollout. Read More »

Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

October 21, 2013 — Blog

Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

By Marc Sabbagh
Fall Intern, 2013
On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed make up the inaugural class of The Shafik Gabr Fellowship, a prestigious, multi-faceted program incepted by Shafik Gabr, prominent Egyptian businessman, through the Gabr Foundation’s East-West Dialogue Initiative. In addition to developing actionable projects and forging cross-cultural connections with each other, the fellows will spend two weeks in major U.S. cities meeting with policy experts, media representatives and business leaders to engage in frank discussions about problems impacting both regions. Read More »

New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

July 30, 2013 — Blog

New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

By: Melanie Snail
Summer 2013 Intern
This past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media. Read More »

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

June 21, 2013 — Blog

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

By Matt Haugen
Summer 2013 Intern

As part of our weekly Brownbag lecture series, Jennifer Salan came and spoke with summer interns. Salan, who currently serves as the Senior Producer on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, is a former AAI Communications Director who got her start in television working on Viewpoint with James Zogby. Read More »