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IAAB Javan! opens Essay Contest for Iranian-American High School Students

Washington, D.C.-Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is now accepting entries for its essay contest for North American high school students of Iranian descent. IAAB Javan!, a division of IAAB dedicated to youth issues, seeks essays from American- and Canadian-Iranian students that address the notion of dual identity.

The essay contest aims to give young Iranian Americans the opportunity to express their thoughts on Iranian-American identity, to discuss issues that face them today, and to have their work published.

"There are essay contests for Chinese Americans and German-Russian Americans, and it's time for Iranian Americans to have a contest geared toward them," said Mina Tehrani, Project Manager of the contest. "We hope to increase awareness of Iranian American youth as a social group that is too often neglected."

IAAB Javan! will be accepting essays from high school students (grades 9-12) in the United States and Canada until April 7, 2006. Essays will be judged by IAAB staff and prominent guest judges from the Iranian-American community, and winners will be announced by April 26.

The author of the winning essay will be given a full scholarship to IAAB's Leadership Camp, which will be held in Massachusetts at the end of June (for details, please go to In addition, the first and second place winners will have their essays published on IAAB's website and in an Iranian-American publication. The top ten essays will be featured in an online e-book on IAAB's website.

Find more information on this essay contest online at:

Contact: Mina Tehrani, Project Manager, Essay Contest, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)


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