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Dear President Biden: End Public Charge Now

Young girls and women in AAFSC’s AYWA Initiative sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to consider the detrimental effects of the “public charge” ruling on immigrant families and put an end to it once and for all.

February 19, 2021

Young Adult & Youth Program, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Honoring Black Immigrants During Black History Month

This Black History Month, AAFSC is proud to stand alongside our partners, allies, and community members in honoring and recognizing Black communities in New York and across country, including Black immigrants and refugees, who, just like other immigrant populations, influence the development of the U.S.

February 18, 2021

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


New Executive Orders Bring Relief to Immigrants

President Joe Biden signed three new executive orders on February 2, 2021 to roll back Trump-era regulations restricting legal immigration, reunite families, and streamline the naturalization process.

February 5, 2021

Legal Services, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Welcoming a Shining New Era for Immigrants

On Day 1 of the Biden Administration, AAFSC was encouraged to see a historic new plan that rolls back egregiously xenophobic policies that have sought to harm and separate immigrant and refugee families in New York and across the country.

January 22, 2021

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


Press Release: AAFSC Advocates for Protection of Undocumented Immigrants in Vaccine Program, Gov’t Agrees

The federal government has agreed not to collect undocumented identification as part of the federal vaccine program following a letter from Governor Cuomo and 52 community-based organizations, including AAFSC.

December 10, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


Letter: Governor Cuomo and Community-Based Organizations Urge Protection for Undocumented Immigrants in Vaccine Program

Governor Cuomo and a coalition of groups, including AAFSC, issued a letter to Department for Health and Human Services Secretary urging the federal administration to support underserved communities and protect undocumented immigrants in the federal COVID-19 vaccination program.

December 1, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


BRIC TV: Opera Singer Sam Dhobhany Featured in Short Documentary

Long-time AAFSC participant and young opera singer Sam Dhobhany was featured in a BRIC TV short documentary that highlights his musical journey and what inspires him.

November 30, 2020

Young Adult & Youth Program


AAFSC’s Farah Salam Wins UNH Civic Advocacy Award

AAFSC is proud to celebrate our very own Farah Salam, who was honored with the United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) 2020 Civic Advocacy award due to her work around the 2020 Census, Public Charge, and COVID-19.

November 20, 2020

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


Medium: Remaining on the Front Lines During COVID-19

As New York continues to weather COVID-19, AAFSC remains on the front line providing uninterrupted service to immigrant and refugee community members. Learn more about how we’re balancing safety with presence for our clients during this crisis.

October 27, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


Texas Tribune: The Census Doesn’t Count Arab Americans

AAFSC was proud to speak with the Texas Tribune about the barriers and exclusions that prevent Arab-Americans from fully participating in data collection efforts like the census.

October 19, 2020

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


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, AAFSC rededicates ourselves to breaking the cycle of domestic and gender-based violence. Learn more about what activities are going on this month and how we’re adapting to COVID-19.

October 13, 2020

Anti-Violence Program


BKLYNER: Senator Schumer, Support New York’s Immigrants During COVID-19! – OP-ED

In partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, AAFSC is urging Senate leadership to push forward the HEROES Act and ensure our immigrant families are not left behind.

July 20, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


How COVID-19 Exposes the Healthcare System’s Gaps

Immigrants are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. The data being collected by New York, however, fails to capture this and limits our ability to fully understand who is disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis so that we can better respond in the future.

July 2, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Celebrating Ramadan During COVID-19

Ramadan is traditionally a time when the Muslim community partakes in uplifting communal activities, including group prayer and feasts. This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means making difficult changes to Ramadan to adapt to social distancing directives.

April 23, 2020

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being


The Guardian: Coronavirus upends US Census Outreach

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is upending the 2020 Census, disrupting an already fragile operation that faced immense challenges in counting marginalized populations. The Guardian recently intervewied AAFSC about how COVID-19 has changed our 2020 Census outreach plans.

March 30, 2020

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


NPR: No Middle Eastern Or North African Check Box on Census

For decades, the U.S. government has categorized people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa as white on the decennial census. AAFSC joined NPR for a conversation about this gap in the question about race and what being left out yet again in 2020 Census means to those communities.

March 11, 2020

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


2020 Census FAQs

The 2020 Census is coming up and AAFSC is working hard to ensure every New Yorker is counted! Feeling unprepared? Read our informative FAQs post to learn more about what the Census is, why it is important, how to fill it out, and what languages it will be available in.

February 18, 2020

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


Celebrating Black History Month at AAFSC

AAFSC considers every day an opportunity to celebrate racial and cultural diversity but we are taking dedicated time this February to reflect on the crucial role that the Black community has played in shaping our history and how we can all collectively serve as better allies and advocates.

February 7, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion


Muslim Ban Expanded to 6 Countries

On January 31, 2020, the Trump Administration aimed a new attack at immigrant communities by signing a presidential proclamation expanding the Muslim Ban to six additional countries: Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

February 1, 2020

Legal Services


Troubling Update on Public Charge

On January 27, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing new changes to “public charge” that seek to target immigrants, which had been halted in October 2019, to now be implemented at the discretion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

January 30, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


Honoring AAFSC’s New Citizens and Sharrif Wilson’s Legacy

To kick off 2020, AAFSC was proud to host a Citizenship Celebration to recognize AAFSC students who became citizens in 2019, as well as honor the legacy of Sharrif Wilson through a Day of Service.

January 17, 2020

Adult Readiness


AAFSC’s End-of-Year Reflection

For immigrants and refugees across New York and beyond, 2019 was an alarming and tumultuous year. In the face of rising xenophobia, racism, and hate, AAFSC doubled down and strengthened our commitment to our mission.

December 23, 2019


Press Release – AAFSC Announced as Complete Count Fund Awardee

AAFSC is pleased to announce it has received an award from the NYC Complete Count Fund — a partnership between CUNY, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council.

December 9, 2019

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


BRIC TV: Loans for Refugees

AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund was recently featured on BRIC TV, exploring the effect debt has on immigrant and refugee families.

December 5, 2019

Emergency Fund


The U.S. Census is Coming!

The U.S. Census, set to be distributed in mid-March, is one of the most important events taking place in 2020. An undercount in the 2020 Census puts New York at risk of losing funding, resources, and more.

November 22, 2019

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


An Update on Public Charge

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday, August 12th that the proposed changes to the public charge rule have been finalized and will take effect on Tuesday, October 15th. Learn what this means and next steps to take.

August 28, 2019

Legal Services, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


How Precision Medicine Can Transform our Healthcare System

The All Of Us Research Program seeks to prioritize precision medicine which would benefit all communities, including AMEMSA communities, which are currently underrepresented in our healthcare system.

July 15, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being


The Intersection of Pride Month and World Refugee Day

Throughout Pride Month and on World Refugee Day, AAFSC is taking time to acknowledge the intersection between the fight for full human rights across LGBTQIA+, immigrant, and refugee spaces.

June 20, 2019


USA TODAY – National Grant Recipients for “A Community Thrives”

AAFSC was 1 of 16 non-profits across the U.S. selected to win a 2019 National Grant through USA TODAY’s A Community Thrives Program!

June 11, 2019


BK Reader – Eid Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

AAFSC partnered with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to host an Eid Celebration, welcoming Brooklynites to learn the story of Eid al-Fitr and interact with a variety of exciting activities.

June 9, 2019

Young Adult & Youth Program


Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Could Be Subject to Deportation Under New Department Of Justice Proposal

Reuters reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) drafted a proposal that would make it easier for the current administration to deport U.S. lawful permanent residents who use critical public benefits.

May 20, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


WBAI Radio – AAFSC Segment Feature

AAFSC’s President and CEO, Rawaa Nancy Albilal, was interviewed live on WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC speaking about the rise of hate crimes in New York and the services AAFSC provides to our immigrant and refugee community.

April 22, 2019

Legal Services


AAFSC Welcomes Act to End Travel Ban and Prevent Future Discrimination

AAFSC applauds the introduction of legislation in both houses of Congress today proposing to end the anti-Muslim Travel Ban that has torn families apart and shamed our country.

April 10, 2019

Legal Services


NPR – U.S. Census to Collect Responses in Arabic

The upcoming U.S. Census will be collecting responses in Arabic for the first time in history – but it will also be heading online. AAFSC was featured in NPR speaking about the accessibility of the #Census2020.

April 1, 2019

Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Press Release – AAFSC Celebrates Arab-American Heritage at Borough Hall

AAFSC is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Borough President and local community based organizations to present the annual Arab-American Heritage Celebration on April 4 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

March 27, 2019


The New York Times – Welcome, Refugees. Now Pay Back Your Travel Loans.

For decades, the State Department has funded travel loans to refugees that must be paid back to resettlement agencies who keep a portion of the payments. Some advocates think they should not be taking money from those they are trying to help.

March 21, 2019

Legal Services


BKLYNER – Youth Rally Against Hate

AAFSC was proud to join the Youth Rally Against Hate hosted by Council Member Chaim Deutsch. Our Youth Program participant, Malaz Gadai, represented AAFSC by giving a personal statement against hate crimes in our city.

March 5, 2019

Young Adult & Youth Program, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


The Importance of Black History Month

We are proud to recognize Black History Month and remember those who helped pave the way for all marginalized people.

February 28, 2019

Racial Equity & Inclusion


Who Will Be Counted?

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau sets out to count every single person living in the United States. What does this mean for the communities we serve, and why is there so much fuss more than a year ahead of Census Day in 2020?

February 11, 2019

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


Press Release – AAFSC Hosts “Reclaiming Our Health” Workshop

Our successful two-day Reclaiming Our Health (ROH) Workshop on February 2-3 welcomed community members from across the city in support of our Brooklyn-wide Mental Health Initiative.

February 8, 2019

Mental Health Initiatives


Press Release – AAFSC Hosts Mental Health Initiative Workshop

AAFSC is proud to partner with Maimonides Medical Center’s Community Care of Brooklyn (CCB) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to host a two-day Mental Health Initiative Workshop on February 2-3.

February 1, 2019

Mental Health Initiatives


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Women in marginalized communities suffer cervical cancer disproportionately because of limited access to care, resources, and knowledge. AAFSC works daily to bridge this gap in our healthcare system.

January 31, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being


Looking Ahead to a Successful 2019

As we continue reflecting on the new year, we are proud to share our continued commitment to inclusion and social equity in 2019.  

January 30, 2019

Young Adult & Youth Program


QNS – Little Neck Boy gives back to refugees through Eagle Scouts

A Little Neck teen used his Eagle Scout service project to give back to refugees at AAFSC.

January 11, 2019


An Inclusive Healthcare System Is Within Reach

Our healthcare system historically has not taken into account the diversity of those living in the U.S. Thanks to the All of Us Research Program and precision medicine, this gap in our healthcare system can be a thing of the past.

January 4, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being


Say NO to Public Charge

New proposals to “Public Charge” are taking aim at immigrants and refugees by threatening their health, safety, and livelihoods. Learn more about what public charge is, who it may affect, and how to take action today to protect our community.

December 7, 2018

Legal Services


News12 – New Immigrants & Refugees Fund Highlight

AAFSC proudly supports over 302 refugees in paying back exorbitant travel loans to the International Office of Migration, making their transition to life in the United States just a bit easier.

November 28, 2018

Emergency Fund, Legal Services


Brooklyn Paper – Iraqi Refugee-Turned-Ridgite

Read the story of an Iraqi refugee who fled death threats in his homeland and now helps other refugees resettle in Brooklyn as AAFSC’s Director of Community Outreach.

November 8, 2018


Domestic Violence Awareness is an All-Year Initiative at AAFSC

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and today is NYC Go Purple Day – a citywide day of awareness and action against domestic violence. Victims of domestic abuse and violence in the immigrant and refugee…

October 24, 2018

Anti-Violence Program


World Mental Health Day at AAFSC

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day for mental health workers and those dealing with mental illness to discuss their experiences, breaking the stigma around mental illness, and more. There is no health…

October 10, 2018

Mental Health Initiatives


Potential Public Charge Ruling Harms Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a change to public charge, which threatens the health, safety, and livelihood of immigrants and refugees and in so doing, the very core of our nation. Rawaa…

September 27, 2018

Legal Services


Press Release – End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

We are thrilled to partner on this incredibly important initiative and look forward to working with the Mayor’s Office to support all those affected by violence.

September 1, 2018

Anti-Violence Program


Brooklyn Paper – Family Who Faced Death Threats Resettle in Brooklyn

A young couple who fled death threats in their native Iraq when they were teenagers are now raising their young daughter in Sheepshead Bay through AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund.

July 30, 2018


Increasing MENA Representation in Health Research

Look around you. Do you hear people speaking in different languages? Do you see people practicing different cultural traditions? Do you see people observing different religions? Although the United States is just one country, it…

July 9, 2018

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Brooklyn Paper – World Refugee Day

The second-annual World Refugee Day Festival connected asylum seekers with city groups that help them resettle locally, including AAFSC.

June 26, 2018


The Arab-American Family Support Center Stands in Solidarity with Those Affected by the SCOTUS’ Travel Ban Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2018 Contact: Hannah McIntire, hannah@aafscny.org, 718-643-8000 ext. 23   The Arab-American Family Support Center Stands in Solidarity with Those Affected by the SCOTUS’ Travel Ban Ruling   New York, June 26,…

Legal Services


Huffington Post – NYC’s Muslims, Sikhs Experience High Levels Of Harassment

AAFSC’s President and CEO told HuffPost that she’s witnessed a rise in hate crimes and acts of discrimination in her community over the past few years.

June 21, 2018


People Power Action!

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Travel Ban, AAFSC staff and community members joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in solidarity with the immigrants that make our city a rich and vibrant place.

June 2, 2018


Launching our Mental Health Initiative

The Arab-American Family Support Center launched a Mental Health Initiative in partnership with Maimonides Hospital and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and community stakeholders.

June 1, 2018


AAFSC at APA Advocacy Day!

On Wednesday, April 27th, several AAFSC staff members joined more than 25 other organizations from all over New York City to participate in Asian Pacific American Advocacy Day – a day that included legislative meetings…

April 27, 2018


BKLYNER – Embrace Your Hyphen

Arab-American heritage was honored by Borough President Eric Adams’ “Embrace Your Hyphen” series, through which he encourages Brooklynites to embrace whichever part of the world they are from.

April 25, 2018


Step up for immigrants on April 29: AAFSC Spring 2018 Newsletter

  Run to support immigrants and refugees in your community on April 29th! AAFSC is taking part in the Generosity Series 5k on April 29, 2018. Join us for a run/walk in prospect park at…

April 2, 2018


Thoughts From Our Beautiful Life: I Miss You Mom by Nasrin

In honor of Muslim Women’s Day on March 28th, and Arab Mother’s Day on March 21st, please enjoy another short story by one of our female students! “In the name of Allah, I’m happy because…

March 28, 2018


Brooklyn Paper – New Lease on Life for Iraqi Family

A family of Iraqi refugees who fled Baghdad amid death threats from terror groups built a new life in Bay Ridge with the support of AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund.

March 21, 2018


“Thoughts From Our Beautiful Life”

“Thoughts From Our Beautiful Life: A Collection of Short Stories from the Ladies of the Arab American Family Support Center”, is a small bound book of poems and stories written by some of the ladies…

March 9, 2018


Sarah al-Saidi on our new Young Women’s Leadership Initiative and the importance of female mentorship

For nearly 25 years, AAFSC’s Youth Program has provided tutoring, enrichment activities, and a space for young people to engage with their communities. One of our most important features is that most of our staff…

February 26, 2018


AAFSC students and staff attend Yemen Can’t Wait! Rally

AAFSC’s Brooklyn headquarters serve one of the largest Yemeni communities in the United States. On February 2nd, 2017, thousands of Yemeni bodega owners and their friends, families, and supporters protested the Muslim Ban at Borough…

February 16, 2018


United Neighborhood Houses Fight for Funding for Adult Literacy Education

United Neighborhood Houses, a collection of settlement houses and community centers throughout the five boroughs, has been working in Albany this past week to restore and increase funding for four key issues– the Settlement House…

February 9, 2018


The Yemeni Bodega Strike & Muslim Ban 1.0, One Year Later

February 2, 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of the Yemeni Bodega strike – a citywide response to Muslim Ban 1.0, which abruptly banned visitors and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations: Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya,…

February 2, 2018


Nasma’s Poem “I am from”

Nasma is 10 years old, a member of AAFSC’s Youth Program and a talented poet! Let her explain for herself.  I Am From I am from my huge community. I am from the school I…

November 30, 2017


Brooklyn Paper – Beginning Again in Brooklyn

After years of trying to flee a war-torn Syria, the Jwan Kanj family are relieved to finally live peacefully in their new Bay Ridge community thanks to AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund.

November 13, 2017


Teen Vogue – Stomp Out The Muslim Ban

AAFSC’s Audacious Young Women of Action! (AYWA!) Program presents “Stomp Out the Muslim Ban” — an evening in Brooklyn filled with art and music dedicated to social justice and activism.

October 14, 2017


NorthJersey.com – For Refugees, Escape to U.S. Comes with a Cost

The Arab-American family Support Center has a campaign to raise money to pay off the travel debts of refugees like the Al Samakeh family, who left everything behind in Syria.

October 12, 2017


“I know now that I want to dedicate my life to serving others:” Reflections from our Development & Communications Intern, Amanda

This summer, AAFSC hosted Amanda Haydar as our Development and Communications Intern. Amanda is a rising senior at Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. After graduation, she…

August 3, 2017


Observer – Mobilizing Against Trump’s Travel Ban

AAFSC is proud to join Muslim and immigrant advocates across New York City to continue fighting for equity and the opportunities of our communities against the bigoted executive order.

June 26, 2017


Press Release – NYC Anti-Discrimination Campaign

AAFSC is proud to work with the Mayor’s Office in a citywide anti-discrimination campaign. We are committed to creating a safer environment for all New Yorkers to thrive in.

May 23, 2017


#MuslimWomensDay Poem!

The meaning of this poem are the qualities of Muslim women that make me feel proud that I am a Muslim when I talk about it. When I wrote this poem I didn’t have to…

April 4, 2017


“I am here to stand up for every group that’s been targeted.” Meet Zainab, a 16 year-old Yemeni American woman who led our “Youth United Against the Muslim Ban” march to Brooklyn Borough Hall!

On Friday, March 10th, our youth and teens took to the streets of Brooklyn to protest President Trump’s bigoted executive orders and stand united against hate. Students from our Youth Program gathered with friends and…

March 22, 2017


Meet Sheima, AAFSC’s new intern!

My name is Sheima. I’m the new Development & Communications and Youth program intern. I come Monday-Friday 2pm-5pm.  I’m 16 years old, I’m from Yemen and I live in Brooklyn, New York with my family. I’m 11th grade…

March 21, 2017


“We need to come together and help each other because we are all going through the same thing:” AAFSC’s Emergency Town Hall through a student’s eyes

On Tuesday, February 14, lawyers, Yemeni grandmothers, neighborhood allies, and other community members gathered at our Brooklyn office to take a stand against hate and learn more about navigating the current political climate. In response…

March 2, 2017


“It made me feel strong to go to City Hall. I’m glad I did it:” Yemeni women students take a stand with AAFSC

by Susan Schneider In my four years as a volunteer ESL teacher with the Adult Education and Literacy program at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), I have always been in awe of my immigrant…


The New Yorker – Becoming an American Under Trump

After Trump signed his executive order, nine young women met at AAFSC to study for the citizenship exam.

February 13, 2017


“We need to tell kids it’s not okay to bully someone else just because they’re different:” 10-year-old Saif’s testimony to New York City Council

Civic engagement is a key component of AAFSC’s youth program. On Wednesday, October 19th, Saif, 10, testified at City Hall to share his experience of being bullied at school for his identity as an Arab…

October 24, 2016


PBS – New Languages for Immigrant Voter Registration

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the addition of five new languages, including Arabic, available on voter registration forms. An Operating Officer at AAFSC has been pushing to get more people in his community to sign up to vote.

October 6, 2016


AAFSC’s soccer team wins the 2016 NYPD Youth League championship!

In a display of true athletic ability and fabulous teamwork, AAFSC’s soccer team, the Yemen Cobras, became the NYPD Youth Soccer League champions on Tuesday, August 30th at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The…

September 2, 2016


“I love to tell everyone, ‘I’m a fashion educator at AAFSC!’”AAFSC student leads his own fashion class at our summer camp

  Fadi, 17-years-old, has been coming to AAFSC since he first arrived to New York from Yemen 10 years ago. This summer, Fadi taught his very own fashion class every Thursday at our 6-week summer…

August 12, 2016


“We Are Not Invisible!” AAFSC Youth Fellows launch anti-Islamophobia photo exhibit

  With the current climate of hatred and Islamophobia in the United States, Muslims from New York come together to say We Are Not Invisible! In the media, average Muslims are not visually represented and…

June 16, 2016


Moheeb’s poetry

One of our Youth Program students, Moheeb, has self-published a book of poetry! Moheeb is a 5th grader at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn and created his poetry collection, “The Open Poetry,” for a school project. Here he…

May 26, 2016


Naef’s 2016 UNH Viacom Scholarship Award speech

Alf mabrook to our high school student Naef Othman, who was awarded a 2016 United Neighborhood Houses Viacom Scholarship. When Naef arrived to New York from Yemen, he did not know English. He first visited our…

May 23, 2016


Girls Club #FutureWriters

The Girls Club at AAFSC undertook a month long project that explored the lives and work of Arab females in the literary field. The girls focused on 6 Arab female writers that have had an…

December 21, 2015


Meet Leen!

Leen Shumman is one of our two youth fellows this year, who has been with AAFSC for quite a long time. Leen’s mom, Nidal Alloubane, has been working with AAFSC for 14 years and first…

December 4, 2015


Meet our Youth Fellow, Isabella!

Isabella Arroyo is one of our outstanding youth fellows this year. As a senior at Khalil Gibran International Academy she has been exposed to Arab culture during her high school years and joined AAFSC initially…

November 23, 2015


The Arab American Summit From An Outsider’s Perspective

Going to the Arab American Summit was an incredible experience that I definitely won’t forget. It allowed me to meet other civic-minded youth and Arab American leaders from across the country that aspire to impact…

November 18, 2015


Reflections on NNAAC’s Arab American Summit

Last weekend, the National Network for Arab American Communities hosted its Arab American Summit in Michigan, which I was able to attend as part of my fellowship with NNAAC. Overall, it was a very engaging…

November 13, 2015


AAFSC High School Student Makes It To New York Fashion Week!

One of our talented high school students made it to New York Fashion Week this past September through designing and creating his own piece that was featured in Way Zen’s fashion show for her JSong…

October 21, 2015


NY Daily News – Immigrants Not Signing Up for Obamacare

In NYC, noncitizens are four times more likely than citizens to lack health insurance — but not enough immigrants are signing up for the state’s exchange under Obamacare, advocates worry. AAFSC hopes to change that.

March 19, 2014


“I never loved a place this much.”

Last week, students in our Youth Program were asked to write short essays about the things they care about as a way to practice their writing abilities. Two of the participants, Leen and Fadi, decided…

February 10, 2014


Youth ESL Teams Up With NY Writers Coalition!

                By Jake Karr AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Program Development Assistant On Monday, the students from our Youth ESL classes came together for a workshop led by Nancy Weber of…

January 28, 2014


MLK Day Food Drive at AAFSC!

To celebrate the National Day of Service, our AmeriCorps VISTAs Jake and Jacob coordinated a month-long food drive to provide for the immigrant and underserved communities with which we work. With support from the Khalil…

January 27, 2014


Meet Jacob!

Jacob Agus-Kleinman AmeriCorps Vista Adult Education Development Assistant Hello, my name is Jacob Agus-Kleinman and I am excited to be working this year with the Arab American Family Support Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA as…

September 12, 2013