Youth Leadership

We offer opportunities for young Arab Americans to build and demonstrate their leadership skills, including fellowship opportunities.​

Preparing our future leaders is
an important aspect of NNAAC’s work

The ACCESS Democracy Building Fellowship

is for Arab American students ages 17-22 and is designed to invest in and develop future leaders through projects and volunteering at ACCESS. Fellowship programming includes policy work, Arab American Capitol Day, local civic engagement work, the Detroit Racial Equity Coalition Newsletter project, and youth voter engagement. Fellows also have access to leadership trainings, mentorship, and make various community connections through their work.

The NNAAC Transformative Leaders Fellowship program

is a nine-month leadership training program for college juniors and seniors, as well as graduate-level students or recent graduates. The goal is to develop young Arab American leaders with an interest in the nonprofit sector while also building the capacity of the host organization. Fellows are expected to work 16 hours per week in a host organization and learn about all aspects of a nonprofit organization, including administration, finance, fundraising, communications, community engagement, service delivery, and more.

The Arab American Leadership Program (AALP)

places Arab American youth in summer internship positions at federal government agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in other key public service institutions. Students gain a more complex understanding of the federal government, the legislative process, and how to shape policy. These experiences prepare them for work to uplift the Arab American community through increased visibility and representation in spaces where critical policy decisions are made.