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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 up to $2500! 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!

The first meeting for TGI will be during the second week of October 2013.

Participants in this program are eligible for community service hours for high school. For more details, please contact Jesse Solomon at or call (718) 745-3523.  


The AmplifYer

"Eradicating ignorance one voice at a time"

The AmplifYer is a youth publication at the Arab American Association of New York that raises awareness about issues, spreads ideas, and shares commentary. We bring forth unique perspectives in order to inspire others to think critically. For more information contact or follow us on twitter “@AmplifyURVoice” or follow The AmplifYer on Facebook


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 2013 semester of Kitaab Club is scheduled to end on Friday, December 20th, 2013. Registration for the Spring 2014 semester will begin on Monday, January 6th, 2014.


College Readiness

College Advising
Having difficulty deciding which college to apply to? Need help with your college application? Schedule an appointmet with our in-house college advisor, Bruni Torras. Bruni will be able to answer any questions pertaining to the college application process as she brings years of experience in academic advising.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Evelyn Garcia or Winnie Lau at 718-745-3523. Advising sessions are also avilable on a walk-in basis.

Writing Workshops
Calling all students, grab a friend or two and join us every Monday from 4:00pm - 5:15pm for our writing workshops with Professor Jerry Schneewind. Learn how to improve your college essays and develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills to effectively communicate your ideas. The workshops began on October 21st, 2013 and will continue to be held at the Association.

Interested students should contact Winnie Lau at or call (718) 745-3523 for more information.


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.

Participants in this program are eligible for community service hours for high school.  For more details, please contact Jesse Solomon at or call (718) 745-3523.


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!