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The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, is a national consortium of independent Arab American community-based organizations. The Network’s primary mission is to build the capacity of Arab American nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs and issues impacting their local community while collectively addressing those issues nationally.
Our vision is to foster economic, cultural, social and political empowerment of Arab Americans. We are committed to working collaboratively to support the development of strong and effective Arab American community-based organizations that mobilize locally and nationally to empower the Arab American community.
To support its mission, NNAAC has three main programs:
- Capacity Building
- Advocacy & Civic Engagement
- Youth & Community Service
NNAAC’s Capacity Building program helps members through one-on-one technical assistance identify local and online training opportunities, annual capacity-building grants, and scholarship funds to attend relevant training. The program also organizes a national conference or training institute annually that offers training, workshops, peer-to-peer learning and networking.
Advocacy & Civic Engagement
NNAAC’s Advocacy and Civic Engagement (ACE) program addresses the concerns of and increases the civic participation of Arab Americans, and increases a member organization’s capacity to immerse in advocacy and civic engagement initiatives in local communities.
The ACE program focuses its efforts in four main areas:
- Immigrant rights
- Civil liberties and human rights
- Access to human services
- Support for national service programs
Youth & Community Service
NNAAC’s Youth and Community Service program aims to engage a new generation of Arab American leaders in its work and the work of NNAAC members, while enhancing leadership skills and providing meaningful opportunities for community service. The program includes a Fellowship component, a leadership development training program designed for Arab American undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates. It also includes the Teen Grant-Making Initiative (TGI), a joint project with the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) that allows high school students to become grantmakers, as well as National Arab American Service Day.
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