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CAIR’s 2nd Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a Success

CAIRMYLS(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/25/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked all those who helped make its 2nd annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a success.

The sold-out event, themed “Defining Your Narrative in a Global Society” and held at the state capital in Annapolis, Md., was open to youth ages 13 to 19 and featured speakers such as a top prosecutor,  state lawmakers, community activists, and the college student who introduced President Barack Obama during his first visit to an American Mosque in Maryland.

Highlights of the symposium included a tour of the Governor's Mansion and state buildings, during which participants witnessed a live Senate hearing in the House Chamber. Hearing proceedings were paused momentarily as the Muslim youth group was publicly acknowledged and received a standing ovation.

Youth participated in an anti-Islamophobia poster competition and public speaking exercises, and were also given the opportunity to interact directly with state lawmakers.

The governor's office presented CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager and event organizer Zainab Chaudry with a Governor's Citation congratulating the “ongoing effort to introduce the political process, encourage youth participation and gain increased understanding of how elected officials represent the public; and as an expression of great respect and well wishes.”

“The goal of this year's symposium was to address the rising Islamophobia impacting Muslim youth and provide them with tools and skill sets needed to challenge the biased narratives that misrepresent their faith and identity,” said Chaudry. “The Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium provided an opportunity for the next generation of American Muslim leaders to connect with state lawmakers, build leadership skills and learn about the Maryland General Assembly and the legislative process.â€

She thanked the event co-sponsors – NT Recycling, Diyanet Center of America, Islamic Center of Maryland, IMAAM, and Islamic Relief USA – for supporting the symposium.

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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