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CAIR-IL: 100 High School Students Join ‘Constructive Citizenship’ Initiative

(CHICAGO, IL, 4/03/08) – On April 5 and 6, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will host 100 Muslim high school students for a weekend leadership symposium designed to inspire Muslim youth to leverage their faith values towards constructive citizenship that benefits community and country.
The official launch of the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) comes after a successful pilot in the fall of 2007.
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, will speak to the students about ways in which they can serve their communities, their country and the common good.
The program also stresses the importance of literature, media and the arts in helping integrate Muslim communities on a cultural level – the missing link organizers believe must be accounted for if Muslims are to be fully accepted.
“Although Muslims are integrated in many ways, they remain surprisingly misunderstood largely because they are absent from the channels of mainstream American cultural expression,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. “MYLS hopes to inspire young Muslims to be the generation that overcomes that hurdle by becoming the next great American writers, filmmakers and artists.”
Testimonials from the pilot program, pictures, videos, the event program, and other resources are available on the official website:
WHAT: Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium
WHEN: Saturday April 5th – Sunday April 6th , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Mosque Foundation Community Center, 7260 W 93rd St, Bridgeview, IL
SPECIAL ADDRESS: Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), Sunday April 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CAIR-Chicago, the Illinois chapter of the America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is dedicated to providing young Muslim-Americans with leadership development. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam and empower American Muslims.
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CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director (847) 971-3963 or (312) 212-1520; Reem Rahman, Communications Coordinator (217) 493 0912


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