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CAIR-CA Hosts Youth Leadership Workshop


(SANTA CLARA, CA, 3/29/07) – On Saturday, March 24, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) held its first Youth Leadership Workshop of 2007, titled “Introduction to Politics,” at the Muslim Community Association (MCA).

The workshop began with an interactive Politics 101 and was followed by a Q&A session, during which students cleared any concepts and voiced concerns about political issues.

As part of the practical aspect of the workshop, the youth were then divided into four groups (Republican, Democratic, Green and Undecided) and asked to prepare a short speech as part of a mock presidential campaign. The Undecided group was then asked to vote based on presentations given by the three parties.

The program concluded with a screening and discussion of the NBC Series “The West Wing,” illustrating a day in the life of three presidential candidates, specifically highlighting their ethical dilemmas. Throughout the workshop, students expressed interest and knowledge of politics, leading discussions on issues such as healthcare, immigration and foreign policy.

“We are very pleased with the success of the workshop,” said Shazia Jafri, CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator. “The level of interest and interaction among students is indicative of the fact that Muslim youth are eager to partake in political, social and civic activism.”

CAIR-SFBA initiated the Youth Leadership Workshops in 2006 to introduce various public service fields to the youth, thus broadening their horizons and empowering them as future leaders of their communities.

The next workshop on media, titled “Framing the Message,” will be held on Saturday, May 12, at the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA). The workshop series have been co- sponsored by the MCA Youth Committee.

CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator, E-Mail:, 408-986-9874


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