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CAIR-CA Empowers Youth with Leadership Workshops

CAIR-CA Empowers Youth with Leadership Workshops

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 3/2/06) – On Saturday, February 25, the Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) hosted the first of a quarterly series of workshops for a new Youth Leadership Educational Initiative. Thirty Bay-Area high school students met at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara for a workshop titled “Foundation of Government.”

The workshop focused on introducing Muslim youth to judicial, executive and legislative branches of government. Workshop participants took part in group activities, case scenarios and a field trip San Jose City Hall.

Geoff Crockwell, Field Representative and Caseworker from Congressman Mike Honda’s Office, spoke to the youth about the executive and legislative branches of government and how they interrelate. Judge Ron Del Pozzo talked about the judicial branch and his experiences on the bench. He joined the students for lunch and answered their questions about the cases he reviewed.

Several members of Council member Dave Cortese’s staff led the tour through San Jose City Hall. The students held a mock election and council meeting.

“The purpose of this event was to educate our community about the political process so that we will know how to work within the system to create positive change,” said Sameena Usman, Outreach Coordinator for CAIR-SFBA.

CAIR-SFBA is planning three more workshops in this series highlighting media, civil rights and diversity. The series will conclude later in the year with the 2nd Annual Youth Leadership Conference in Sacramento.

For more information about attending the next workshop, contact CAIR-SFBA at (408) 986-9874 or Amina Ansari – E-Mail:


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