Mission

by | Jul 13, 2020

Promote, Educate, and Connect

Promote

The Arab America Foundation’s (AAF) primary purpose is to promote the Arab heritage and empower Arab Americans. This mission is accomplished through the coordination of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) in April. NAAHM promotes an accurate narrative about the history, culture and identity of Arab Americans. AAF’s national activist grass-roots network plans celebrations and gathers proclamations and resolutions from school districts, municipalities, county, state governments, and law enforcement agencies. The

Additionally, AAF empowers Arab Americans through initiatives such as 40 Under 40, 30 Under 30, Rising Leaders, and Empowered Women of Arab AmericaThese initiatives spotlight professionals in all fields including: education, law, public service/politics, non-profit, business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, engineers, medical professionals, artists, entertainers, writers, and media representatives.

Educate

Recognizing there is an inaccurate image of Arabs in the U.S., the Arab America Foundation seeks to provide an alternative narrative. AAF provides educational materials such as the Educational Curriculum Kit which details the history, religion, culture, contributions and issues of Arab Americans to institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, a resource guide is available online for teachers and parents throughout the year.

Members of AAF’s grass-roots network present diversity training about Arab Americans to school districts, libraries, municipalities, law enforcement, county, and state governments.

Moreover, the education committee is established to implement initiatives which promote the Arab identity.

Connect

With close to 4 million Arab Americans in the U.S., the Arab America Foundation connects Arab Americans regardless of their diverse Arab nationality, political affiliation, or religious background.

Through a grass-roots network, AAF is engaging hundreds of Arab Americans to join national and respective state teams. These teams organize the “Connect Arab America Summit,” providing a forum for Arab Americans to meet, strategize, and become empowered.

Efforts to bring Arab Americans together are coordinated on a weekly basis via social media and Zoom live meetings and events.

Finally, in addition to connecting with each other, AAF connects with other communities, building coalitions with diverse organizations across the U.S.