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CAIR-MN to Host 2nd Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium

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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/16/13) — On October 18 and 19, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host its second annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium.

WHEN: Friday, October 18 to Saturday, October 19, 2013
WHERE: Friday: MN State Capitol and Best Western Kelly Inn- St. Paul; Saturday: Hamline University Anderson Center
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700,

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: There will be several photo opportunities on both days, including a mock student legislature at the State Capitol. Full program is available upon request.

Friday, October 18

1:00-1:40 p.m. Discussion on Civic Engagement with Leaders at MN State Capitol
Students will have an opportunity to interact with government officials, state representatives, and Jewish & Muslim community leaders. The session will focus on: “Building Better Communities through Civic Engagement.”

2:30 – 5 p.m. Jewish-Muslim Student Mock Legislature at the Minnesota State Capitol
Students from CAIR-MN's MYLS and Jewish Community Action's Seeds of Justice will serve as legislators as they debate public policy issues and prepare bills to be presented on the floor of the student-run mock legislature. The program will provide students with leadership skills and the tools to understand the legislative process.

6:30 – 9 p.m. Career Networking Dinner at Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Paul
Students will get an opportunity to network with Muslim professionals who work in diverse fields but are still engaged and active Muslim community leaders. Different careers include law, medicine, business, pharmacy, information technology, engineering, teaching, media and more.

Saturday, October 19

9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Leadership & Empowerment Conference at Hamline University
The full-day program will provide students an opportunity to explore their leadership. Topics include civic engagement, Islamophobia, media, civil rights, public speaking, leadership, identity, interfaith, law and more.

7 – 9 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Banquet at Hamline University
Parents will be invited to join students for dinner and conversation on the American Muslim community's outlook of moving beyond a decade riffed with fear and uncertainty to establishing genuine connections, insights and promise. Highlights from MYLS will be shared and awards will be distributed.

“MYLS was founded to build new foundations for students to become involved in community and public service in Minnesota,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya. “It seeks to provide students with the tools and resources they need to achieve their potential, as well as motivate them to pursue careers that will impact the broader society.”

“MYLS is a unique opportunity,” said CAIR-MN Events Intern and MYLS lead organizer Suheila Musani. “It provides opportunities and networks for youth to become a catalyst for social change.”

Sponsors include: Abushanab Barber Shop, Al-Amal School, Filfillah Restaurant, Hamdi Restaurant, Islamic Center of Minnesota- Women's Society, Islamic Resource Group, Jewish Community Action, Metro Health Care Services, LLC, and Muslim Essence.

The mission of MYLS is to provide American Muslim youth with a proactive agenda for positive activism; empower them to guide their communities from the margin to the mainstream; and foster a healthy American Muslim identity that fits comfortably within the pluralistic American society while true to its faith values.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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