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Camp Ayandeh 2007: IAAB's Iranian-American Leadership Camp


Washington D.C.Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) announced in the beginning of February details of its second annual Iranian-American leadership camp, appropriately named Camp Ayandeh. IAAB’s Camp Ayandeh will be held at Hemlock Overlook Center for Outdoor Education in Clifton, Virginia the week of July 1-7, 2007 and is open to rising high school sophomores through graduating high school seniors.


Far from being just a camp of leisure and recreation, Camp Ayandeh creates a positive, inclusive environment where each camper has the opportunity to grow and develop. The camp curriculum is comprised of challenging and interactive programs in leadership development, with a focus on conflict resolution, while specifically exploring Iranian cultural heritage and Iranian-American identity. Camp Ayandeh’s Project Manager, Nasim Hanif Hurd, stated, “Our hope is that when campers return home from Camp Ayandeh, they will have developed a greater appreciation and understanding of their cultural heritage, their community, their family, and themselves.”


Campers will have a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and interact with other Iranian-Americans of their age group, as well as with Iranian-American university students and young professionals who will serve as their counselors and mentors.  In addition, Hemlock’s professional staff, who are trained in first aid and fully accredited and approved by the American Camp Association (ACA), will aid in leadership training and team development.


The cost of the camp, including room, board, and transportation between Hemlock Overlook and airports/transportation hubs, is $575 for 7 days and 6 nights. Campers who apply before March 20, 2007 will receive a Norooz eidi: a $50 discount!  There are also a number of need-based scholarships available which require an additional scholarship application. Additionally, IAAB will be accepting a limited number of applications for counselor positions for undergraduate and graduate students. All application materials are due April 16, 2007 and are available online at For more information and questions please e-mail


IAAB is a non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization with a young, dedicated staff spread across the United States, Europe and Iran. IAAB works to raise awareness of the Iranian community and culture, to connect Iranians and encourage leadership, with an emphasis on the younger generation.


Nakkisa Akhavan, Public Relations Coordinator, Iranian Alliances Across Borders



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