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CAIR-CA Begins 9th Muslim Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol

CA-MYLP-2011(SACRAMENTO, 6/27/13) – Beginning today, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold its 9th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) in Sacramento.

WHEN: Thursday, June 27 – Sunday, June 30
WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, California
CONTACT: CAIR-Sacramento Valley, Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269, ext. 103#   

The conference will feature workshops on community organizing, leadership development and public speaking. A highlight of the conference will be a “mock legislature” session, during which participants will serve as legislators as they debate public policy issues and prepare bills to be presented on the floor of the State Senate.

“The vision behind MYLP when it was first created in 2005 was to provide a training ground for our community’s youth,” said MYLP Chair Basim Elkarra. “It is our goal for our participants to return home and empower their peers and community members.”

In the past eight years, more than 350 California students have participated in the Muslim youth leadership program and have moved on to become contributing members of society. The program’s graduates have gone on to prestigious universities, created their own non-profit organizations, and taken on groundbreaking leadership roles.

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: Sacramento Valley-Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269, ext. 103#,, CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area-Amina Abid, (408) 986-9874,, CAIR-Greater Los Angeles-Yasmin Nouh, (714) 776-1847,; CAIR-San Diego-Hanif Mohebi, 858-278-4547,  


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