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Program Highlight: Anti-Violence Program

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AAFSC speaks to Alba, our Senior Case Manager & Advocate, about her work supporting survivors throughout the Family Justice Centers in NYC.

October 27, 2022

Anti-Violence Program

Little Amal Event Video

Little Amal, a 10-foot-tall Syrian refugee puppet visited us in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and celebrated the diverse culture of the Arab-American community in NYC through dance, music, food, and collective spirit.

October 12, 2022

Adult Readiness Program Highlight

In our Adult Readiness Program Highlight video, we speak to Paul, AAFSC’s Associate Director of Adult Readiness initiatives, who shares more about the program and welcoming back their students to in-person instruction.

Adult Readiness, Caregiver Child Bonding Circle

NYT Survey: Are You of Middle Eastern or North African Descent?

The New York Times is conducting a survey that explores how people of Middle Eastern and North African descent in the United States identify themselves, available in English, Arabic, and Persian.

October 11, 2022

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Cultural Competency

Participatory Budgeting in Briarwood, Queens

AAFSC’s intern, Andrew Williams, reflects on a year-long participatory budgeting process which led to the planting of two community gardens in Briarwood, Queens.

September 27, 2022

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights

Podcast: Halal food pantries across NYC aren’t getting the support they need

Throughout the pandemic we’ve witnessed a surge in food insecurity and long lines at pantries across the city. In this podcast episode, Epicenter NYC speaks to AAFSC about the accessibility of halal food aid in NYC.

September 15, 2022

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being

Young Adult & Youth Program Highlight

In the spirit of heading back to school, we’re highlighting our Young Adult and Youth Program! We sat down with Murrim and Mohamed, AAFSC’s Young Adult and Youth Program Coordinators & Facilitators, who share with us the various youth programs – including AYWA, MENAR, and Funny Girls – their team leads, as well as how their personal experiences as immigrants helps them connect with youth in the AMENAMSA community.

September 8, 2022

Young Adult & Youth Program

Arab Americans, tired of being invisible in federal data, demand to identify as MENA, not white

MENA communities face systematic inequities due to a lack of representation in the Census and other federal programs. AAFSC speaks with USA Today about establishing a MENA category for our communities.

September 7, 2022

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights

Meet A.

Fleeing the war in Yemen, A. resettled to the U.S. and quickly found a safe space in our Young Adult and Youth Program. After receiving academic and socioemotional support, A. quickly became a leader within our AYWA program and is now a mentor for young girls like herself.

August 25, 2022

Young Adult & Youth Program