Yalla Change!

Salaam ISBU,

We would like to introduce new efforts on behalf of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. through two primary focus areas: campaigns/elections and policy formulation/research.

AAI offers you the chance to join a growing network of young Arab Americans through our new advocacy campaign called Yalla Change. Yalla Change was launched earlier this year with the goal of fostering dialogue about a variety of pressing issues such as bridging the divide between America and the Arab World, Arab American civil rights, Islamophobia in America, and many more. Especially in the year leading up to the 2012 election, it is crucial for Arab American youth to mobilize around issues important within our community, working to allow their voices to be heard in American government and society.

At this time, we would like to extend an invitation to your organization to apply for our paid Yalla Change Campus Internship:

We are looking for five paid Yalla Change Campus Interns, located in major cities, to work up to 20 hours per week on mobilizing student groups and individuals around Yalla Change. Major responsibilities include planning at least two Yalla Change events per semester, recruiting volunteers and interested individuals to sign up for Yalla Change, and attending AAI & NNAAC’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, MI on Sep 30-Oct 2 (travel expenses will be paid).

Your organization also has the opportunity to send representatives to our National Leadership Conference, a joint conference held by AAI and the National Network for Arab American Communities. Scholarships and student rates are available.

Arab American leaders from across the country will be working on three distinct tracks: advocacy, community building, and organization. We will be focusing on promoting the civil rights of Arab Americans and American Muslims, enhancing US-Arab relations, and supporting Palestinian human rights and freedom.

Please feel free to contact us at EManna@aaiusa.org with any questions or concerns.

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