Civic Engagement Initiative
PAAIA’s Civic Engagement Initiative is a new program committed to encouraging and enabling Iranian Americans to get involved as concerned members of their communities, both nationally and locally. We aim to highlight the success stories of Iranian Americans actively involved in public service and to encourage other Iranian Americans to participate in this space. PAAIA’s ultimate objective is to increase the number of Iranian Americans involved in civic engagement. Elements and objectives of this initiative include:
- hosting an annual Civic Engagement Forum, including 2-4 regional events per year;
- organizing a network of elected officials, Iranian Americans that work in politics or public service, are civically engaged, or have a demonstrated interest in pursuing such a career path;
- inspiring and empowering Iranian Americans to run for or be appointed to public office; and
- building a database of Iranian Americans interested in running for office and connect them with mentors, training programs, and support.