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IAAB Develops First Leadership Camp for Iranian-American Students

Washington, D.C.,-- Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) announced this week its plans for an Iranian-American Leadership Camp, to be held at Thompson Island, Massachusetts the week of June 25 – June 30, 2006. IAAB’s Iranian-American Leadership Camp will create an unprecedented forum that will allow high school-aged members of the Iranian-American community the opportunity to learn leadership and communication skills, increase their knowledge of the Iranian culture, and engage with current leaders in the Iranian community.

Shabnam Sharbatoghlie, Project Manager of the Iranian-American Leadership Camp, emphasized the void that this camp will fill in the Iranian-American

community: "We hope that the camp will give high school students the chance to meet others who share their cultural background because we would have loved to have had such an opportunity when we were in high school."

Through a combination of teambuilding activities and workshops, the camp will give young Iranian-Americans the opportunity to acquire leadership skills, with a focus on public speaking, organizational skills, goal-setting, and brainstorming. Campers will also reflect upon what it means to be a hyphenated Iranian and American and learn to successfully work in groups to achieve common goals while increasing awareness of Iranian language and culture.

Narges Bajoghli, an Executive Director of IAAB, also sees the camp as an opportunity to create a strong community among younger members of the Iranian-American diaspora. "We have worked to create fun and enriching activities -- such as ropes courses, cultural workshops, film showings, and lectures. Students will leave the camp with a new appreciation for what it means to be an Iranian-American, as well as a better understanding of how to be effective leaders in their local communities,"said Bajoghli.

The Iranian-American Leadership Camp is open to applicants who are rising high school sophomores through rising college freshmen. Sixty participants will be selected for the camp on a competitive basis. In addition, IAAB is seeking college-aged Iranian-American leaders to work as counselors during the camp. Applications for both campers and counselors are due by April 15, 2006 and can be found online, along with more information about the camp, at:


Azadeh Pourzand, Public Relations Coordinator
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)


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