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CAIR-MN to Host 4th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium to Promote Civic Engagement

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/16/15) – On October 16 and 17, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host its 4th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS).

The two-day event features a mock student committee hearing at the Minnesota State Capitol, networking with elected officials, a mock trial a youth leadership awards ceremony, and sessions on media, activism, Islamophobia, leadership, and empowerment.

WHEN: Friday, October 16 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

WHERE: Friday: MN State Capitol and Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Paul;

Saturday: Hamline University Anderson Center

CONTACT: CAIR-MN MYLS Coordinator Furqan Syed, 612-406-0070, E-Mail:

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

Today Friday, October 16

300 N, State Office Building

11 a.m. – MN Elected Officials Panel

Speakers: Keith Ellison, MN Representative Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

1:45 p.m. – Mock Committee Hearings

3:15 p.m. – Nonphysical leadership activities Western Park

6 p.m. – Model United Nations

Saturday, October 17

Hamline University

9:30 a.m. – Mock Trial, Moot Court Room

12:15 p.m. – CAIR Clients are Leaders, Room 111

1 p.m. – International Crises and What Can We Do To Get Involved?

5:30 p.m. -Civic Engagement: How to get involved?

7-9 p.m. – Dinner & closing Presentations, Room 112 Anderson

“MYLS provides high school youth the opportunity to gain the tools and resources they need to achieve their potential,” said CAIR-MN MYLS Coordinator Furqan Syed. “It empowers youth to be engaged leaders in their communities.

MYLS is part of CAIR-MN's year-long Muslim Youth Leadership Program, which includes mentorship programs, youth roundtables, internships & law clerkships, and the annual Jewish-Muslim Youth Day at the Capitol. Its mission 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 Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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