Posted by Basma Alawee on February 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

February is shaping up to be a busy time in Florida. The Arab American Institute's staff & volunteers were busy educating the community here in Florida about two main topics: the importance of the 2020 Census and why Arab Americans must be counted, and making sure everyone registered to vote for the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 17.

AAI had a presence at two different events in the Jacksonville area recently. The first event was hosted by our amazing Hala's Café on February 15 and featured everyone's favorite dessert: knafeh! The knafeh tasting party was an opportunity for customers to enjoy FREE samples of knafeh dessert along with coffee, tea, and free census education using our Yalla, Count Me In! materials. We talked about the filling out the Race & Ethnicity portion on the census form as Arab Americans and ate a lot of knafeh. People loved the census materials, especially the knafeh shirts and the census pins

The second event was Monday, February 17. We were excited to spend President's Day participating in the University of North Florida Women's Basketball Diversity & Inclusion Night. Our team set up an informational table to talk to attendees. We enjoyed speaking with university students and professors about the importance of voting, how they can get involved in our #YallaVote program, and how they can help ensure all of us are counted on the upcoming census. 

We will continue our outreach in Florida to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census!

Learn more about the national Get Out the Count Census campaign for Arab Americans, Yalla, Count Me In!, by visiting

Free Knafeh at Hala's Cafe.  Enjoying free knafeh at Hala's Cafe!  AAI Volunteers at UNF Women's Basketball Diversity & Inclusion Night.