Camp Ayandeh: IAAB's Iranian-American Leadership Camp begins this week
Washington, DC – Iranian
Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is pleased to announce the start of Camp Ayandeh, its second annual
Iranian-American Leadership Camp. More than doubling the size of its inaugural
camp held in Boston last summer, this year’s camp will bring together over fifty
Iranian-American high school students (ages 14-18) from across the country for a
week of building leadership skills and learning about their Iranian heritage.
Ayandeh follows the premise
that leadership capacity is comprised of four interrelated developmental themes:
1) collaboration, 2) cultural identity, 3) solidarity, and 4) reflection.
Acknowledging that a positive understanding of self and community is a necessary
component of effective leadership, the camp will create an inclusive environment
where the youth can grow as individuals within a community
The camp is being held at Hemlock Overlook Center for Outdoor Education in Clifton, Virginia during the week of July 1-7, 2007. In
addition to meeting other Iranian-Americans of their age group, the campers will
have the opportunity to work with a team of young Iranian-American university
students and professionals. At Camp Ayandeh, the work and the play come
intermixed, with games of “vasati” (Persian dodgeball), public speaking
workshops, cultural activities, discussions on leadership within the Iranian
community, and conflict-resolution exercises all happening side by side.
Campers and counselors left last
year’s camp with a newfound family of IAAB counselors and campers, many of whom
will be returning this summer. Between the seasoned campers and counselors and
the new faces, this year’s camp is sure to be an unforgettable experience for
You can follow the day to day
activities at Camp Ayandeh 2007 by reading the camp blog at http://blog.iranianalliances.org/camp2007.htm.
The site will be updated periodically throughout the course of the week.
To learn more about Camp Ayandeh please visit the camp website: http://www.iranianalliances.org/camp07/.
Akhavan, Public Relations Coordinator, Iranian Alliances Across
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