National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)

National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) NNAAC, a program of ACCESS, is a national consortium of independent Arab American community organizations amid the U.S. - and the only network of its kind.
NNAAC currently has 24 members from 12 different states. To support its mission, NNAAC leads various initiatives through three main programs: 1. Advocacy & Civic Engagement (ACE) 2. Capacity Building 3. Youth & Community Service

ADVOCACY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (ACE) NNAAC’s Advocacy & Civic Engagement (ACE) program utilizes the collective power of NNAAC members to address issues of concern on the national level. We place a firm emphasis on listening to and assessing the grassroots community needs and then addressing those needs through policy forums, meetings with nationally elected and administrative officials, collaborations with allied organizations, an annual Arab American Advocacy week in Washington, D.C., and nation-wide advocacy campaigns, among other things. NNAAC has become one of the leading national organizations advocating on issues of concern to the Arab American community. We have identified three main priorities: 1. Civil liberties, which includes human rights and racial profiling 2. Immigrant rights 3. Support for vital human service programs Every election season, NNAAC is involved in nonpartisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts through a series of initiatives to increase Arab American voter registration and engagement. This long-term civic engagement program encourages Arab Americans to participate more in their communities, and provides resources and trainings to increase the capacity of NNAAC member organizations to support their own GOTV efforts locally. In 2014, NNAAC launched The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, a multi-year, grassroots campaign to challenge this country’s growing prejudice and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans, including refugees of Arab and Muslim descent. TAKE ON HATE aims to achieve meaningful social change not only through public education, media and coalition building, but also by providing a platform for Arab Americans to speak up and inspire real policy change that challenges institutional discrimination and protects the rights of our communities. CAPACITY BUILDING NNAAC increases the capacity of our member organizations through our Capacity Building program, which provides organizational development services with the goal of strengthening and empowering member organizations to be more stable, well-managed nonprofit organizations. This program enables our member organizations to provide better services to their local communities. Strategies include extensive one-on-one technical assistance, trainings, and webinars. Additionally, NNAAC hosts two bi-annual events each November. On odd-numbered years, NNAAC's National Conference brings together members, community and civic leaders, advocates, and funders for trainings, workshops, a policy forum, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. On opposite years, NNAAC hosts a Leadership Institute, which provides members an in-depth training on particular areas of self-identified needs. This year’s event will be hosted in November by NNAAC member, the Alif Institute in Atlanta, GA. This annual event will be a particularly special one as it will wrap-up NNAAC’s year-long celebration of its tenth anniversary. YOUTH & COMMUNITY SERVICE The Youth & Community Service program seeks to engage Arab Americans in volunteerism, including youth leadership. To accomplish this, we train NNAAC members on best practices for recruiting and maintaining volunteers; help members implement volunteer management techniques; educate the community on the importance and impact of volunteerism; and host national community service events, such as our National Arab American Service Day, which encourages Arab American communities to give back through service, fostering a culture of leadership, community engagement and volunteerism. NNAAC’s Transformative Fellowship Program (formally the Youth Fellowship Program) increases the capacity of our human service member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develop crucial leadership skills in the fellows themselves. The program engages college students and/or recent graduates over a nine-month placement with a NNAAC member organization. Fellows are recruited by NNAAC members locally, and in partnership with universities. ***NNAAC is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program. Learn more about this unique opportunity for college students or recent grads interested in gaining insight into the ways of the non-profit sector at our website (www.nnaac.org). ***

Mission: The mission of NNAAC is the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations that understand and meet the needs and represent the concerns of Arab Americans at the local level and collectively address these issues on the national level. 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.

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07/12/2019

#DYK you can share your health info wherever you go with the All of Us App? Download the app in the App Store or Google Play stores. #JoinAllofUs

#FellowFridayCheck out this interview done by one of our members, the Arab American Civic Council, with their fellow! We...
07/12/2019
Peter Aziz answers 6 questions about his Fellowship experience

#FellowFriday
Check out this interview done by one of our members, the Arab American Civic Council, with their fellow!
We’re so happy when we see the fellows thriving and utilizing the skills they learn from their host-site and NNAAC. Go Peter!

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AACC: How were your assignments applicable to your master’s program?

PA: The NNAAC Deliverables were two-fold in how beneficial they were. Not only was I able to utilize the knowledge base from NNAAC in the non profit application, but I was also able to directly apply it to my studies in public policy and vise versa, how much of my masters program reflected in much of the materials provided by NNAAC.

Our 2018-2019 Transformative Leaders Fellowship just concluded. This year the Arab American Civic Council had the pleasure to host Peter Aziz, a second-year Masters Candidate from the Graduat…

#DYK racial and ethnic minority youth are less likely than their white counterparts to be physically active. Exercise an...
07/11/2019

#DYK racial and ethnic minority youth are less likely than their white counterparts to be physically active. Exercise and physical activity can help to improve symptoms of anxiety + depression. (H/T Office of Minority Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) Read more at http://bit.ly/AoUNMMHM1 #JoinAllofUs #NMMHM

A warm welcome and congratulations to the Arab American National Museum’s new Director, Dr. Dianna Abouali! Our member...
07/10/2019

A warm welcome and congratulations to the Arab American National Museum’s new Director, Dr. Dianna Abouali! Our members are excited about this news, and look forward to future collaborations with the museum!
#Mabrook #ArabLeaders #Museum

A warm thank you to all those who helped us welcome our new AANM Director, Dr. Diana Abouali, at her welcoming reception tonight. We look forward to continuing to work with you all to foster a bright future of community and Arab American empowerment with Diana leading the way!

We want YOU!Apply today at bit.ly/NNAACfellowship Deadline: July 25thIn partnership with 11 of our NNAAC member organiza...
07/10/2019

We want YOU!

Apply today at bit.ly/NNAACfellowship
Deadline: July 25th

In partnership with 11 of our NNAAC member organizations, there are opportunities in seven states. Check out the application to find a position near you!

07/09/2019
All of Us Research

NNAAC is so proud to partner with the All of Us Research program!

Check out the "All of Us Journey" they launched this month! Learn about precision medicine and how you can help change the future of health with our interactive, traveling exhibit. View the schedule at: https://www.joinallofus.org/en/journey #JoinAllofUs

We’re bringing All of Us to you with the All of Us Journey this month! Learn about precision medicine and how you can help change the future of health with our interactive, traveling exhibit. View the schedule at: https://www.joinallofus.org/en/journey #JoinAllofUs

National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
07/03/2019

National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)

We want YOU!

Apply today at bit.ly/NNAACfellowship
Deadline: July 25th

In partnership with 11 of our NNAAC member organizations, there are opportunities in seven states. Check out the application to find a position near you.

Last week, NNAAC convened our first-ever Regional Gathering in Brooklyn, NY. Five of our East Coast members met and disc...
07/01/2019

Last week, NNAAC convened our first-ever Regional Gathering in Brooklyn, NY. Five of our East Coast members met and discussed strategies for uplifting Arab American communities through network collaboration.

Many thanks to our members from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Arab American Association of New York, Palestinian American Community Center,NJ. USA, the Philadelphia Arab American Community Development Corporation, and our generous hosts at the The Arab-American Family Support Center. Special thanks to the American Express Developing Leaders program for making this Regional Gathering possible.

06/29/2019
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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called a press conference today to uplift the one year anniversary of the SCOTUS decision to uphold the hateful Muslim Ban and reflect on its impact in our communities. Rep. Tlaib was joined by Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, and Congressman Andy Levin. Organizations in attendance include our parent organization ACCESS, ABISA, ACLU of Michigan, Cair Michigan, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Emgage, and Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion!

Our Executive Director, Ahmad Abuznaid attended in solidarity with the organizations on the ground who are leading the charge to #RepealTheBan.

Since the ban was enacted, families have been torn apart by a reckless policy that fuels anti-Muslim attitudes and action. Our work will continue until all immigrants and refugees are welcomed into this country.

Repeal The Ban press conference with Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Dingell, and Congressman Andy Levin.

06/28/2019

#FlashBackFriday #ArabAmericanServe

#FlashBackFriday to June 15, 2019 where 18 Arab American organizations across 8 states and 14 cities, collectively parti...
06/28/2019

#FlashBackFriday to June 15, 2019 where 18 Arab American organizations across 8 states and 14 cities, collectively participated in a local service day project in their community!

Thank you to each and every one of our members and partners that believe in the importance of service to others, and that helped make their community a better place to live for all.

#ArabAmericansServe #ServiceDay2019 #NNAAC #GrassRoots

The National Immigrant Integration Conference, that ACCESS/NNAAC are proudly co-hosting, is currently hiring a part-time...
06/27/2019
Expo Coordinator Posting 2019

The National Immigrant Integration Conference, that ACCESS/NNAAC are proudly co-hosting, is currently hiring a part-time Expo Coordinator to build and execute the NIIC Expo, a vibrant space that showcases businesses, products, services, art and crafts of interest to, produced/owned by and/or servicing immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color. The full job description can be found below.

If interested, please apply ASAP! This is a national call for qualified and interested folks!
#NIIC2019 #NPNA #ImmigrantRights

Now in its 12th year, NIIC is the largest conference on immigrant and refugee issues in the U.S. and plays a central role in the powerful, diverse and broad immigrant and refugee rights and integration field. A core project of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and its member organiza...

The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being.This is grea...
06/27/2019
Supreme Court blocks 2020 census citizenship question

The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being.

This is great news! While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, this news mitigates some of our obstacles to getting EVERYONE counted in the 2020 Census.

#SCOTUS #Census2020 #EveryoneCounts #Justice

The Supreme Court has issued an opinion regarding a bitter controversy over whether the Trump administration can ask all recipients a citizenship question on the 2020 census for the first time since 1950.

Health care affects every community which is why @AllofUsResearch aims to give every community a voice in the future of ...
06/26/2019

Health care affects every community which is why @AllofUsResearch aims to give every community a voice in the future of medicine. Bring @AllofUsResearch to your community and #JoinAllofUs

National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)'s cover photo
06/25/2019

National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)'s cover photo

06/21/2019
Mark Crain from Dream of Detroit speaking at #ServiceDay19

“Over time, Detroit’s Black and Arab communities haven't always gotten along. When I look like crowds like this, that are predominately youth, it gives us hope. We come from traditions that believe in redemption, reconciliation, and ultimately solidarity.” -Mark Crain, Dream of Detroit
#FlashbackFriday

Your voice is your power. How will you use it to make a positive impact in this world?Register for #MOVE19 to join artis...
06/20/2019

Your voice is your power. How will you use it to make a positive impact in this world?

Register for #MOVE19 to join artists, activists, scholars, philanthropists, and others from the Arab American community to discuss the most pressing issues facing our community.

Register today by visiting www.accessmovesummit.org

06/17/2019
State Rep. LaTanya Garrett Speaks at #ServiceDay19

#MondayMotivation: “When you can reach across different ethnic backgrounds, and ask for help, and you come to the aid of the people that is in dire need. I’m telling you because I live in this community and I’m faced with blighted homes and overgrown grass. [...] We need every hand that can join in and help us build, tear down, link together, walk the neighborhoods to let the people know we’re in this together”” - LaTanya Garrett - Michigan State Representative District 7

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states and 14 cities, came together to showcase the power of service. Thank you t...
06/16/2019

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states and 14 cities, came together to showcase the power of service. Thank you to all of the amazing organizations that led service day projects, and a special thank you to those individuals who came out to collectively give back to their communities.

Locally, we partnered with Dream of Detroit to build community with our Detroit neighbors and engage in gardening, home restoration, and a neighborhood clean-up. We are grateful to The Home Depot for your sponsorship and Google for supporting this year’s project. A huge thank you to the individuals who spoke at our kickoff rally: Mark Crain (Project Director, Dream of Detroit), Lina Hourani-Harajli (Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS), Ahmad Abuznaid (Our Director), LaTanya Garrett - Michigan State Representative District 7, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Amon Quickley (Store Manager, The Home Depot). We also want to give a special thank you to our Program Coordinator, Isra Daraiseh, for organizing this day of service that’s impacting communities across the nation. We hope to see you at next year’s National Arab American Service Day!

On June 15, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states, 14 cities, in addition to D.C., came together to showcase the power of service. Thank you to all of the amazing organizations that led service day projects, and a special thank you to those individuals who came out to collectively give back to their communities.

Locally, we partnered with Dream of Detroit to build community with our Detroit neighbors and engage in gardening, home restoration, and a neighborhood clean-up. We are grateful to The Home Depot for your sponsorship and Google for supporting this year’s project. A huge thank you to the individuals who spoke at our kickoff rally: Mark Crain (Program Director, Dream of Detroit), Lina Hourani-Harajli (Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS), Ahmad Abuznaid (Our Director), State Rep. LaTanya Garrett, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Amon Quickley (Store Manager, The Home Depot). We also want to give a special thank you to our Program Coordinator, Isra Daraiseh, for organizing this day of service that’s impacting communities across the nation.

We hope to see you at next year’s National Arab American Service Day!

06/16/2019
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks at #ServiceDay19

“My activism didn’t start from me pushing back against billionaires - it started by doing clean-ups” - Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib speaks about the broader impact that Service Day has on volunteers and our community.

On June 15, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states, 14 cities, in addition to D.C., came together to showcase the power of s...
06/16/2019

On June 15, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states, 14 cities, in addition to D.C., came together to showcase the power of service. Thank you to all of the amazing organizations that led service day projects, and a special thank you to those individuals who came out to collectively give back to their communities.

Locally, we partnered with Dream of Detroit to build community with our Detroit neighbors and engage in gardening, home restoration, and a neighborhood clean-up. We are grateful to The Home Depot for your sponsorship and Google for supporting this year’s project. A huge thank you to the individuals who spoke at our kickoff rally: Mark Crain (Program Director, Dream of Detroit), Lina Hourani-Harajli (Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS), Ahmad Abuznaid (Our Director), State Rep. LaTanya Garrett, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Amon Quickley (Store Manager, The Home Depot). We also want to give a special thank you to our Program Coordinator, Isra Daraiseh, for organizing this day of service that’s impacting communities across the nation.

We hope to see you at next year’s National Arab American Service Day!

On June 15, hundreds of volunteers in 8 states, 14 cities, in addition to D.C., came together to showcase the power of service. Thank you to all of the amazing organizations that led service day projects, and a special thank you to those individuals who came out to collectively give back to their communities.

Locally, we partnered with Dream of Detroit to build community with our Detroit neighbors and engage in gardening, home restoration, and a neighborhood clean-up. We are grateful to The Home Depot for your sponsorship and Google for supporting this year’s project. A huge thank you to the individuals who spoke at our kickoff rally: Mark Crain (Program Director, Dream of Detroit), Lina Hourani-Harajli (Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS), Ahmad Abuznaid (Our Director), State Rep. LaTanya Garrett, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Amon Quickley (Store Manager, The Home Depot). We also want to give a special thank you to our Program Coordinator, Isra Daraiseh, for organizing this day of service that’s impacting communities across the nation.

We hope to see you at next year’s National Arab American Service Day!

We are wrapping up Service Day! Thank you to everyone that showed up today, we hope to see you next year!A special thank...
06/15/2019

We are wrapping up Service Day! Thank you to everyone that showed up today, we hope to see you next year!

A special thank you to Mikala Cox and Zeinab Alghanem for staying after everyone left to help clean up!
#ArabAmericansServe

06/15/2019
We kicked off #ServiceDay19 with a rally featuring motivational speeches from:Mark Crain, Project Director of Dream of D...
06/15/2019

We kicked off #ServiceDay19 with a rally featuring motivational speeches from:

Mark Crain, Project Director of Dream of Detroit
Lina Hourani-Harajli, Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS
Ahmad Abuznaid, Director, NNAAC
LaTanya Garrett - Michigan State Representative District 7
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
Amon Quickley, Store Manager, The Home Depot
Isra Daraiseh, Program Coordinator, NNAAC

Our volunteers are now engaged in our neighborhood beautification project in partnership with Dream of Detroit. Together, we are refurbishing old homes, cleaning up debris, and planting community gardens.

#ArabAmericansServe

06/15/2019
06/15/2019
06/15/2019

We’re live at this year’s project at Dream of Detroit!
#ArabAmericansService
#ServiceDay2019

Tomorrow’s the big day! In in 8 states, 14 cities, including D.C., Arab American organizations will bring hundreds of ...
06/14/2019

Tomorrow’s the big day! In in 8 states, 14 cities, including D.C., Arab American organizations will bring hundreds of volunteers together to serve their communities.

Here in Michigan, we’re going to be volunteering alongside our Detroit neighbors through a neighborhood clean-up with Dream of Detroit. This event is open to everyone and we welcome all interested volunteers to join a project tomorrow!

#ServiceDay19
#ArabAmericansServe

Thank you WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit! We're so happy to have been welcomed into the space by Dream of Detroit and loo...
06/14/2019
National Arab American Service Day will focus on Detroit neighborhood

Thank you WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit! We're so happy to have been welcomed into the space by Dream of Detroit and look forward to building community with everyone!

The 15th annual National Arab American Service Day will focus on a Detroit neighborhood this weekend.

#ServiceDay19 is almost here! We’re bringing together volunteers to build relationships and create positive change in ...
06/13/2019

#ServiceDay19 is almost here! We’re bringing together volunteers to build relationships and create positive change in our communities. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and make a difference!

#ArabAmericansServe

Have you signed up to join our #ServiceDay19 project? No amount of service is too small – when we all come together, w...
06/12/2019

Have you signed up to join our #ServiceDay19 project? No amount of service is too small – when we all come together, we can all build stronger communities. Join us and hundreds of volunteers across the country on June 15th!

#ArabAmericansServe

Did you know that the first Arab American Service Day was held 14 years ago? Since then, 11,000 volunteers have joined t...
06/11/2019

Did you know that the first Arab American Service Day was held 14 years ago? Since then, 11,000 volunteers have joined together for 400,000 hours of service. We’re proud to be part of #ServiceDay19, and we want you to join us on June 15th in partnership with Dream of Detroit!

#ArabAmericansServe
RSVP for the Michigan project at: Bitly.com/ServiceDayDetroit

T-shirts are here! The 15th annual Arab American Service Day is just 5 days away. We can't wait! ‪#‎ArabAmericansSer...
06/10/2019

T-shirts are here! The 15th annual Arab American Service Day is just 5 days away. We can't wait! ‪#‎ArabAmericansServe

19 Arab American organizations, including ACCESS, will be teaming up in their local neighborhoods to serve their community for National Arab American Service Day!
#volunteer #giving #service #arabamerican

In FIVE days, hundreds of people in 14 major cities will come together for a day of volunteering and community building....
06/10/2019

In FIVE days, hundreds of people in 14 major cities will come together for a day of volunteering and community building. This year, we’re going to be enjoying the sun, and helping with a neighborhood clean-up on the West side of Detroit. #ServiceDay19 #ArabAmericansServe

#ServiceDay19 is quickly approaching! Hundreds of volunteers will come together on June 15th to serve our communities an...
06/09/2019

#ServiceDay19 is quickly approaching! Hundreds of volunteers will come together on June 15th to serve our communities and improve the lives of others. How will you be giving back to your community?

#ArabAmericansServe #ServiceDay19

We’re a week away from #ServiceDay19! As part of this nationwide day-of-action to strengthen our communities and conne...
06/08/2019

We’re a week away from #ServiceDay19! As part of this nationwide day-of-action to strengthen our communities and connect people, our organization is going to be helping with a neighborhood clean-up and beautification project with our amazing partner, Dream of Detroit!

Join us and RSVP at: Bitly.com/ServiceDayDetroit
#ArabAmericansServe #ServiceDay2019

06/07/2019

Guilting their friends into community service hours
#ArabAmericansServe

Address

2651 Saulino Ct
Dearborn, MI
48120

General information

For media inquiries, contact: Rana Abbas, Director of Communications (ACCESS) Phone: 313-297-4536 Twitter: @NNAAC YouTube channel: youtube.com/nnaac

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(313) 842-1933

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