OUSD is Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month in April and Beyond


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    College Deadlines⇓♦ More information on how to get into college, go HERE


     Is college not an option right now? Check out these programs: 

    Interested in Media? High school students between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible to apply for YR's free, in-house training programs. After six months, you are eligible to apply for paid production internships with the YR Media enterprise. More info here

    Interested in becoming an EMS? The purpose of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented emergency medical technicians through youth development and job training. The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency’s EMS Corps is a 5-month paid (stipend) program for young men between the ages of 18 to 26. Participants will receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, life coaching and participate in community service events. More info here 


    Guided by the leadership of Arab youth leaders at our OUSD youth program, AROC is currently trying to disperse a survey to gather more data on the current struggles and issues facing Arab youth at OUSD

    Given the Current Pandemic and Political Climate That Disproportionately Impacts Arab Students, We Want to Re-examine the Experiences of Arab Youth in Oakland High Schools and to Find Ways to Be Better Responsive to Their Needs and Visions for a More Inclusive and Safe School Environment. Through These Surveys, We Hope to Identify the Scale and Scope of Problems Facing Arab Youth and to Ensure That Their Voices Are Heard in OUSD. The Survey Should Take About 5 Minutes, Questions Are Translated into Arabic, and There Is an Opportunity to Participate in a Raffle for a $25 Gift Card. Start the survey here
    لماذا ننشر هذا الإستطلاع في اوكلاند؟
    نظرًا للتغييرات في أنظمة التعليم في ظل الجائحة و تأثيرات الجائحة على الطلاب العرب تحديداً، نريد إعادة النظر في تجارب طلابنا في مدارس أوكلاند الثانوية وإيجاد طرق للاستجابة بشكل أفضل لاحتياجاتهم ودعم بيئة مدرسية أكثر شمولاً وأمانًا. من خلال هذه الاستطلاعات، نأمل تحديد حجم ونطاق المشاكل التي تواجه الطلاب العرب وتعزيز دورهم في إحداث تغيير إيجابي ضمن مديريات التربية والتعليم في أوكلاند. 
    يجب أن يستغرق الاستطلاع حوالي 5 دقائق ، الأسئلة مترجمة للعربية ، وهناك فرصة للمشاركة في السحب لربح بطاقة بقيمة 25 دولارًا.
    سنقوم أيضاً بمشاركة نتائج الاستطلاع  في الأسابيع القادمة. ابدأ الاستمارة هنا


    "The Arab Culture" at Fremont High School: March 30th, 12:30-1:30pm

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    Cultural Affinity Listening Session for Arab Scholars: March 18th, 2022, Lunch, McClymonds High

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    Community Listening Sesson: December 11th, 1pm

    The OUSD Office of Equity (Arab-American Program nestled under APISA) in collaboration with community partners (AAYSP, AROC, SIDRA,YAA,YARC) are hosting a round #2 of the Community Listening Session for our Arab/Arabic speaking scholars and their families. Please join us! Dec 11, 2021 1pm, West Oakland Middle School (WOMS) 991 14th St, Oakland, CA 94607


    Are you Arabic speaking, in high school and confused about what to do after high school? You're not alone! 
    OUSD's APISA Office of Equity Department is hosting a bilingual (English/Arabic) virtual college workshop on Tuesday, November 2nd at 4:30pm. Please join us and bring all of your burning questions. Please register ahead of time at: bit.ly/CollegeWRK. Parents are welcome. Arabic Translations provided. We look forward to seeing you soon! (Open to all MENA/SWANA/Arabic speaking students/families). Video can be found here, and slides here.


    College Workshop


    Community Listening Session: October 2nd, 11am

    The OUSD Office of Equity (Arab-American Program nestled under APISA) in collaboration with Arab OUSD staff are hosting aCommunity Listening Session for our Arab/Arabic speaking scholars and their families.





  • The 4th Annual Arab American Honor Roll Celebration

    To premiere virtually on May 6th, 5-6pm on YouTube. Go to https://youtu.be/udpyMlQ06YE to tune in!

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    Takalam Summer 2022 Schedule > June 6th - July 21st, 2022



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    Register by March 17th for this historic convening of Asian, Pacific Islander and Arab youth leaders from across Oakland and OUSD to build a shared platform to lift up our voices and communities.

    Register: https://bit.ly/YOUTHPOWER 

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  • PD: Preventing & Addressing Islamophobia and Bullying in Our Schools Facilitators: Jehan Hakim (Equity, Arab American Specialist)

    • Deepen an understanding of the definition of Islamophobia, its historical context and its impact on American Muslim youth.
    • Understanding how to address and prevent bullying in our schools, and develop ideas for Bullying Prevention Month in October.

    WATCH: https://youtu.be/dXJ8vdHPeFc


    Arab Community Based Partners:


    The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC



    The Sidra Community Wellness Program focuses on wellness among Middle Eastern and North African communities in Alameda County. SIDRA

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    Jehan Hakim  -  Targeted Specialist  -  Arab American Student Excellence

    Jehan Hakim is a Bay Area Native and mother to four children. Her family migrated to California from Yemen in the 1970's. 

    Jehan graduated from San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has worked with AMEMSA (Arab/Middle East/Muslim/South Asian) communities since her youth; from youth counseling, interfaith building, organizing and policy, to education. 



    Social Media: 



    YoutTube Channel



    Arab/MENA/Muslim Student Affinity Groups:

    Oakland Tech High School: OT Middle Eastern Student Association on IG