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CAIR-WA to Host Two Muslim Youth Leadership Programs in Seattle

Second program added to meet demand for training of Muslim youth in media, law and politics

(SEATTLE, WA, 8/5/2014) -- From Monday, August 11 to Thursday, August 14, and again from Monday, August 18 to Thursday, August 21, (9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily), the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will hold its 8th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) in Seattle.

WHEN: Monday, August 11 to Thursday, August 14, and Monday, August 18 to Thursday, August 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
WHERE: Various corporate conference rooms in and around downtown Seattle
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:  30+ high school and college aged, dressed in business formal attire will attend meetings in corporate conference rooms and will walk between appointments around downtown Seattle.
AUDIO OPPORTUNITIES: Students will be available each day for interviews between appointments to speak about their experiences and their ambitions.
More information is available on the event website.

Last year's MYLP had more than 85 applicants, but only had space for 35 students. This year's program will include two 4-day sessions (Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21) in order to accommodate a total of up to 70 students.  A total of more than 40 students have applied thus far and with the current pace of applications, the program is expected to fill to capacity.

In each session, some 30 local high school and college students will participate in a series of meetings with top level executives and CEOs in the fields of media, law, politics, and other spheres in which American Muslims are underrepresented. These are also fields where professionals have opportunities to shape public opinion and public policy. The program will also feature workshops on systems mapping, community organizing and media activism.

By holding private 1-hour meetings with over 40 executives and CEOs in media, law and politics, students expect to learn what it takes to enter and succeed in these fields.  Studies show that American Muslims are heavily represented in IT, medicine, and the sciences, and heavily underrepresented – or in some states not represented at all – in media and politics.

"The purpose of this career exploration and leadership program is to help Muslim youth enter careers in media, law and politics - all fields in which ere they will have opportunities and the skills to shape public opinion and public policy in the course of their work," said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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