“Growing up in a town and going to school without a single Iranian my age made it easy to completely forget about my background, and the occasional conversation in Farsi with grandparents became the only link I had remaining to my heritage. When I came to IAAB’s Summer Leadership Institute in 2011 and met hundreds of Iranians from around the country, my ethnic community suddenly felt a lot bigger, more fun, and more interesting. These are the friends that became my family in just a little over a week.”   ~Arman S., Camp Ayandeh

The Iranian Alliances Across Borders (lAAB) Summer Leadership Institute includes the much-celebrated Camp Ayandeh, Camp Javan, and the IAAB Lend a HAND Junior Fellowship.

The IAAB Summer Leadership Institute, through a positive and inclusive environment, allows Iranian American student leaders to develop leadership skills, foster strong friendships, and gain a deeper understanding of culture and identity as the youth of the Iranian diaspora community. The IAAB Summer Leadership Institute accomplishes this mission through Ayandeh, Javan and the University Fellows and their community building activities, cultural, historical and artistic workshops, and critical discussions. Furthermore, the curricula of all the programs in the IAAB Summer Leadership Institute assists participants in responding to the issues they see affecting young people within the Iranian American community.

The IAAB Summer Leadership Institute will be held at Cabrini College outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 18th to July 27th.

Interested middle school students (rising sixth through rising eighth grade) are eligible for Camp Ayandeh Javan, which will be held July 18th to 24th.

Interested high school students (rising ninth grade through rising college freshmen) are eligible for Camp Ayandeh, which will be held July 18th to 27th.

Iranian American student leaders leave IAAB’s Summer Leadership Institute with a stronger sense of self and responsibility for others, lifelong friendships, and the necessary skills to lead both within and outside of the Iranian diaspora community. The Iranian diaspora community is diverse and vibrant, a characteristic that the IAAB Summer Leadership Institute represents, embraces, and celebrates.

As a non-political and non-religious camp, the IAAB Summer Leadership Institute is open to all races and all creeds.

“I have learned to be a better leader and communicate with people and be respectful to others and appreciate other minorities and cultures. I just really learned about myself personally and without this space, I don’t think I would be the person that I am today. I don’t think I would be able to talk to people the way I do now or make the same connections.” ~Leila S., Camp Ayandeh