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CAIR-CA to Hold 13th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program at State Capitol

screenshot 2017 07 12 13 17 47(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/12/17) — Beginning Thursday, July 13, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold its 13th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

This annual conference brings together more than 40 Muslim high school students from across the state to participate in workshops on community organizing, leadership development and public speaking.

The participants, who have all shown exemplary leadership skills in their own communities, will take part in a “mock legislature” session and serve as legislators as they debate public policy issues and prepare bills to be presented on the State Capitol Senate floor.

This session, a program highlight, will allow participants to gain a deeper, practical understanding of how bills are reviewed and laws are born in the California legislature.

“Empowering our youth is one of our top priorities,” said MYLP Chair Basim Elkarra. “It is our goal to give youth the tools to succeed in the current political environment and for our participants to return home and empower their peers and community members.”

This year, CAIR-CA celebrates its 13th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program. More than 480 California students have participated in the program since its first conference in 2005.The program’s graduates have moved on to become community activists – many of whom have created their own non-profit organizations, and taken on groundbreaking leadership roles.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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