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IAAB Presents Camp Ayandeh 2011

01/27/11 Source: Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is proud to present two sessions of Camp Ayandeh at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California this coming summer. Both sessions are open to high school students and will be held June 16th-23rd and June 29th-July 6th.


Camp Ayandeh first began in 2006 with its inaugural class and has grown every subsequent year to include a record number of campers, counselors and staff in 2010. This year, IAAB is pleased to present two separate sessions in order to allow more students the opportunity to participate in what many refer to as "the highlight of the summer."

Camp Ayandeh provides Iranian-American high school students from across the country with a positive, inclusive environment where they have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, foster strong friendships, and gain a deeper understanding of their Iranian culture and identity as the youth of the Iranian diaspora community.

As a non-political and non-religious camp, Camp Ayandeh is open to all races and all creeds. Though all activities are conducted in English and no prior knowledge of the Persian language is required, the camp's cultural activities include lessons on and exposure to Iranian language, music, poetry, films, and history. Through the guidance of Iranian- American camp counselors drawn from an array of American universities, Ayandeh campers are also encouraged to reflect on what it means to be a hyphenated Iranian-American with peers who serve as role models and identify with the realities of Iranian-American teenage life.

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is located just south of San Francisco, California and has recently been named one of the top tier universities of the western region by U.S. News & World Report rankings. Building off of the success of Camp Ayandeh 2010, IAAB chose to hold both sessions in 2011 at NDNU because of its accommodations and the opportunity to include special surprise guests from the neighboring area.

Counselor and camper applications are now available.

Campers are encouraged to apply early since both sessions are expected to fill and application fees will increase after April 4th.

For more information on Camp Ayandeh 2011, including camper applications, please visit Please also review the 'frequently asked questions' section for more information regarding two sessions and other changes occurring in 2011. For photo, video, and blog from Camp Ayandeh 2010, please visit

About Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) - IAAB is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization with a young, dedicated staff spread across the United States, Europe and Iran.  The mission of the organization is to address issues of the Iranian diaspora community while raising awareness of the Iranian community, promoting leadership, and connecting Iranians across borders. For more information about IAAB, please visit

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