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CAIR-CA Hosts Muslim Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/13/09) – Beginning today, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold its fifth annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program in Sacramento.

WHEN: Thursday, August 13 – Sunday, August 16, 2009
WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, California

The conference will feature workshops on community organizing and advocacy, public speaking and media activism. 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 purpose of this leadership program is to provide Muslim youth with the necessary leadership skills and mentorship, not only to become politically and civically engaged, but also to help them pursue professions that will positively impact the broader society,” said CAIR-CA Chairman Masoud Nassimi.

In the past four years, 140 young people from California participated in the Muslim youth leadership program and have moved on to become contributing members of society.

One of them is Noor Ahmed, who attended MYLP in 2005 and is currently a pre-med student at University of California, Los Angeles. Noor also is a volunteer project director at the UMMA Community Clinic in South Central Los Angeles.

“As a Muslim American, I feel that it is our duty to be at the forefront of volunteer efforts and fulfill our obligations to humanity. I believe that we can only begin to appreciate what we have been given, when we look at those who are less fortunate than us. MYLP opened my eyes up to the responsibility that Muslim Americans have towards correcting the image of Muslims and Islam in this country and abroad.”

Only 35 spaces were available to eligible juniors and seniors in high school all across California, but an additional 5 students have been accommodated, bringing the total number of participants this year to 40.

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: Sacramento Valley- Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269, ext. 101#, E-Mail:, San Francisco Bay Area- San Rydhan, (408) 986-9874, E-Mail:, Southern California – Munira Syeda, (714) 776-1847, (714) 851-4851, E-Mail:


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