(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/9/18) – 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 4th annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a success.
The sold-out event, themed “Developing the Language of Leadership Through the Art of Communication,” was held recently at the state capital in Annapolis for youth ages 14 to 21.
The program featured keynote speaker Chardelle Moore, an award-winning international motivational speaker and television anchor, reporter and producer who is also the host of BMORE Lifestyle – a lifestyle, entertainment talk show that airs weekdays in the Baltimore area.
Other speakers included CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, and several state senators and delegates. Highlights of the symposium included an awards ceremony recognizing Muslim youth leaders, skill-building exercises, a motivation TED talk, and tours of the Governor’s Mansion and state buildings, during which participants witnessed live Senate and House committee hearings. Hearing proceedings were paused momentarily as CAIR’s group was publicly acknowledged and received a standing ovation. Youth participated in public speaking exercises and had the opportunity to interact directly with state lawmakers.
CAIR thanked the event co-sponsors — Islamic Society of Annapolis, IMAAM Center, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Center of Maryland, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Family Center, Dar Al Taqwa, and Pizza Boli’s — for supporting the symposium.
The Washington-based civil right organization has been organizing Muslim youth leadership programs in states across the country for more than a decade. Participants of these programs have gone on to become respected community leaders, candidates campaigning for public office, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders. All past Maryland MYLS events have sold-out.
MYLS is designed to encourage civic and political engagement by American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society and to provide resources to foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062