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Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI)

The Arab American Association of NY is testing our first-ever youth philanthropy project this year and would love for you to be a part of it! If you are interested in philanthropy, grantmaking, non-profit management, or just giving back to your community, this program is perfect for you!

High School students raise funds to grant to an organization, student group or youth group that serves a major need of the community. AAANY will match the funds they raise dollar for dollar! The TGI team will develop a Request for Proposals (RFP), solicit and review grantee applications, select a grantee, and donate the money.

This is a great way to A) Learn about non-profit management, improve your financial skills and give back to the community. B) Develop your leadership skills through a groundbreaking program that will look GREAT on your college application!


Gender Equality: Brooklynat

The Next Generation of Arab American Women Activists Brooklynat is a program for young Arab-American women in New York City that fosters engagement, activism and leadership. Working within a largely conservative and traditional community, we are building a team of young Arab women who are outspoken advocates for the issues that matter to them as empowered and independent Arab-Americans. Brooklynat is the plural of “Brooklyna,” an Arabic/English word to describe a girl from Brooklyn.

What do the Brooklynat do?
Get Involved
    We create our own community service projects, paint public murals, attend film screenings, spoken word shows, poetry slams, visit art galleries and political rallies.

    We meet with other amazing Arab-American women who give back to the community in diverse ways--fashion designers, filmmakers, journalists, and religious scholars.

    We decide what issues matter to us and actually DO something about it!


Kitaab Club

Kitaab Club is an intensive literacy program for children struggling to read at grade level. Many of our students come from households where only Arabic is spoken, and as a result, they often lack adequate academic and literacy support. Students benefit from personalized and innovative language instruction in a fun and safe environment three days a week.

Volunteers and after-school tutors are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who are required to fulfill their community service hours are encouraged to apply. Please contact Evelyn Garcia at or (718) 745-3523 for more information, or to enroll.

The Fall 2014 semester of Kitaab Club is scheduled to begin in September 2014. We will be contacting parents who are interested in enrolling their children into Kitaab Club mid-August.



The Arts

What: RASMI A free summer arts workshop for Arab/ Muslim youth 14- 21. Youth will be guided through a structured set of workshops to use personal and cultural experiences as a basis for original artwork in paint and photography. There will be a final public exhibition of work mid- August. Open to all levels. Commitment and an open mind required.

When: Meets 1-5 pm Mondays and Tuesdays during July 2014. At AAANY

To apply, contact Katherine at! In addition, check our RASMI's previous work on Facebook:


College Readiness

College Advising
Having difficulty deciding which college to apply to? Need help with your college application? Drop by the office for help on your college admissions and financial aid applications!

The Association is actively seeking volunteer college advisors on a rolling basis. If you are interested in volunteering as a college advisor, please contact Evelyn Garcia or Winnie Lau at 718-745-3523.


Civic Engagement & Advocacy Youth Street Team

Help AAANY with our advocacy and civic engagement work by becoming a member of our Youth Street Team. You will work on some of the most exciting and relevant issues in NYC and even nation-wide, including advocating Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, ending the NYPD surveillance program of the Muslim-American and Arab-American communities, and raising the political awareness and activism of your community.


Community Organizing

We have been actively building our youth network of people who care about the community through focus groups, iftars, and various projects. Check out our video of what happened over Summer 2011 and our first Youth Summit!



Throughout the year there will be a variety of youth workshops. The Career Speaker Series, through a  partnership with NAAP (Network of Arab American Professionals), brings an Arab American professional to speak about their expertise to the high school students each month. Past speakers have included filmmakers, doctors, lawyer, advertising executives, public relations gurus and activists. Check out this video of Sarab Al-Jijakli as he engages students in creating their own advertising campaigns!