Leadership. Community. Empowerment. Transformation.

Arab American Association of New York seeks to work with youth of the local Bay Ridge community. Through our youth programs and services, we hope to engage youth to participate in their local communities as well as community advocacy for human rights.

Teen Grant-Making Initiative

Our Youth Development Interns fundraise to make grants for youth programs!

Teen Grant-Making Initiative (TGI) was first started in Michigan with Arab youth organizations in order to provide financial resources back to their local organizations that work on issues that impact youth. 

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! 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 learn about non-profit managementimprove your financial skills and give back to the community. In addition, develop your leadership skills through a groundbreaking program that will look GREAT on your college application! 

Youth Community Organizing 

Sally Idris, Youth Development Intern, talks about racism and discrimination that immigrant youth go through especially for Arab and Muslim youth.

We encourage youth to work on some of the most exciting and relevant issues in NYC and 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. 

Brooklynat: Gender Equality

Young women of Brooklynat participated in National Arab American Service Day at Jacob Riis Beach.

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?

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 do something about it!

College Advising

College advisors will help you realize your educational goals and achieve them!

Having difficulty deciding which college to apply to? Need help with your college application? Schedule an appointment with our in-house college advisor. To schedule an appointment, please contact Fatima Chowdhury at 718-745-3523. Advising sessions are also available on a walk-in basis. 

In addition, the Association is always actively seeking volunteer college advisors. If you are interested, please click here.