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CAIR-St. Louis to Host Leadership Program for Muslim Youth

CAIR-logo(SAINT LOUIS, MO, 6/28/13) – On Saturday, June 29, dozens of young St. Louis Muslims will take part in the first-ever Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) hosted by the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis).

The MYLS program is designed to develop the next generation of American Muslim leaders through guidance, training and inspiration. It will include workshops that promoted social justice, coalition building, grassroots organizing, public speaking, and debating.

WHAT: 1st Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, All Day
WHERE: Eric P. Newman Educational Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
CONTACT: Faizan Syed, Executive Director CAIR-St. Louis, 636-207-8882, fsyed@cair.com

MYLS aims to empower St. Louis Muslim youth to reclaim the image of Islam in the mainstream through positive social activism.

The symposium will consist of several presentations, workshops, and team-building exercises. Guest speakers will include County Executive Charlie Dooley and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, along with other civil rights activists, community leaders, religious figures, and interfaith partners.

“Developing the next generation of Muslim leaders is vital in dealing with modern challenges,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. “Our vision is to inspire future leaders to work together to make Missouri and Southern Illinois a better place for individuals from all walks of life.”

The 20 MYLS participants have been selected through an application process from across the city of St. Louis to participate in this year's program.

CAIR-St. Louis is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, office 636-207-8882, cell 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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