Takalam: Arab Youth Speak Up!

Next Edition:  June 6 – July 21, 2022 Oakland | June 13 – July 21, 2022 San Francisco
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In partnership with the Oakland Unified School District’s APISA Program and KDOL Youth Beat, KDOL Youth Beat
Community partners include the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and American Association of Yemeni Students & Professionals

Takalam: Arab Youth Speak Up!​ is AFMI’s summer program for Arab-American youth aged 13 to 18. The initiative of this program is to uplift the voices of our younger generations, to support the achievement and success of newcomer families, and to help develop the leadership of our Arab-American students. One of the goals for this program is to help students with their literacy and digital skills through group projects, workshops and digital classes.

All final films from Takalam are screened at the annual Arab Film Festival, which presents the best of contemporary films that illuminate the richness of Arab culture and stories, providing insight into the beauty and complexity of the Arab world, and thanks to Takalam it now also includes the work of young leaders in the making.

Highlights from Previous Editions

Program sponsored in part by

California Humanities
Clorox Foundation
Final Draft
Kimball Foundation
People’s Life Fund