APF Emerging Leaders Society

 
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The Emerging Leaders Society is a national platform that mobilizes the collective knowledge, resources, and influence of Pakistani-Americans to foster collaboration and promote engagements that lead to positive change in the USA and abroad.

 

Background

Since its founding in 2009, APF has searched for ways to strengthen the connections between the next generation of leaders in the Pakistani American community.

In 2018, APF hosted young leaders from across the United States in Houston, Texas to discuss how to mobilize the collective knowledge, resources, and influence of Pakistani Americans.

The group confronted the reality that the contributions, accomplishments, and values of the Pakistani American community have been skewed by the amplification of Pakistan’s security challenges in the U.S. media and in U.S.-Pakistan relations.

To broaden the lens on both the community and Pakistan itself, the group recognized the importance of building bridges outside of the community as well as community engagement, education, and uplift.

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) was established to meet this urgent need.

Mission

ELS functions as a national platform that mobilizes the collective knowledge, resources, and influence of Pakistani-Americans to foster collaboration and promote engagements that lead to positive change in the United States and in Pakistan.

ELS serves as an incubator for new ideas and welcomes members who have projects that could benefit from collaboration and feedback.

ELS provides access to a network of influential and motivated Pakistani American leaders who are committed to the uplift of their peers and the next generation.

WHAT DOES ELS DO?

ELS connects likeminded individuals who want to collaborate on ideas, events, and initiatives that advance the APF mission.

Members communicate through digital platforms and also host in-person events across the United States.

ELS members have been engaged in a variety of activities since 2008. Voter education drives, volunteer service projects, and major initiatives have been launched. For example, both the APF United Nations Initiative and the Mentorship and Internship Initiative, now formal programs of APF, were fostered and nurtured by ELS.

Areas of Focus

ELS projects are divided into four programmatic areas:

Public Service and Civic Engagement in the United States

Community Service Projects; Voter Education Drives

Network Development Across Pakistani American Community

National Events with APF At-Large Members; Local Events with Partner Organizations

Professional Development

Leadership Training; Startup Accelerator

Socioeconomic Development in Pakistan

Tourism and Cultural Promotion; Health Promotion

LEADERSHIP

ELS is a volunteer-driven initiative whose members receive guidance from APF and an ELS Board that provides national direction for activities that are implemented across geographical and programmatic areas.

Who can Join

Members:

Anyone who is committed to empowerment of the Pakistani American community and building bridges between the United States and Pakistan is invited to apply to become an ELS member today.

Leaders:

If you are interested in taking a leadership role, ELS is recruiting individuals who have the capacity to organize events, volunteer activities, and convene conversations on Pakistan, U.S.-Pakistan relations, and the Pakistani American community. 

 
Prior to joining the APF Board of Directors, Ameena Zia was a member of ELS. She utilized the ELS platform to incubate an idea to develop a platform for Pakistani NGOs and issues at the United Nations. That idea transformed into the APF United Nations Initiative, one of the Foundation’s signature programs.

Prior to joining the APF Board of Directors, Ameena Zia was a member of ELS. She utilized the ELS platform to incubate an idea to develop a platform for Pakistani NGOs and issues at the United Nations. That idea transformed into the APF United Nations Initiative, one of the Foundation’s signature programs.

 
 
ELS leaders based in Washington, DC organized a day of service where APF members prepared food for the homeless.

ELS leaders based in Washington, DC organized a day of service where APF members prepared food for the homeless.

 
ELS leaders organized voter education drives throughout New York City.

ELS leaders organized voter education drives throughout New York City.