CAIR-MN-logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/16/14) — On October 17 and 18, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host its third annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS).

The two-day event features a mock student legislature at the Minnesota State Capitol; networking with elected officials; a career exploration banquet; youth leadership awards ceremony; and sessions on media, activism, Islamophobia, leadership and empowerment.

WHEN: Friday, October 17 to Saturday, October 18, 2014
WHERE: Friday: MN State Capitol and Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Paul; Saturday: Hamline University Anderson Center
CONTACT: CAIR-MN MYLS Coordinator Lujain Al-Khawi, 612-206-3360,

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: There will be several photo opportunities on both days, including a mock student legislature at the Minnesota State Capitol. Full program is available upon request.

Friday, October 17

10:30-12:00 p.m. Introduction to the Legislative Process; Mock Committee Hearings
1:00-1:45 p.m. Civic Engagement Panel with Elected Officials
3:00-4:15 p.m. Mock Legislature Floor Session
6:00-9:00 p.m. Networking Dinner & Panel: “Getting Involved & Serving the Community- In Any Career”

Saturday, October 18

10:00-11:00 a.m. “Student Leaders on Campus Making an Impact”
11:00-12:00 p.m. “Protecting My Reputation on Social Media”
1:15-2:15 p.m. Workshops: “Being Active as an American-Muslim” & “Being Proactive Before Being Reactive”
2:30-3:30 p.m. “Introduction to Competitive Debating”
3:30-4:15 p.m. “Test Yourself for Hidden Bias”
4:45-5:45 p.m. “Better Storytelling through Improv”
7:00-9:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Dinner

“MYLS is a great opportunity for high school youth to gain the tools and resources they need to achieve their potential,” said CAIR-MN MYLS Coordinator Lujain Al-Khawi. “It motivates strong young leaders to engage in community and public service in Minnesota.”

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Unity Cooperative Council (UCC).

MYLS is part of CAIR-MN’s year-long Muslim Youth Leadership Program, which includes mentorship programs, youth roundtables, internships & law clerkships, and the annual Jewish-Muslim Youth Day at the Capitol. Its mission is to provide American Muslim youth with a proactive agenda for positive activism; empower them to guide their communities from the margin to the mainstream; and foster a healthy American Muslim identity that fits comfortably within the pluralistic American society while true to its faith values.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN MYLS Coordinator Lujain Al-Khawi, 612-206-3360, E-Mail:; Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

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