(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/4/15) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) recently held its 11th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) at the State CapitolÂ in Sacramento. Â
The annual conference brought togetherÂ more than 40 Muslim high school students from across the state to participate in workshops on community organizing, leadership development and public speaking. MYLP participants, who have shown exemplary leadership skills in their own communities, took part in a “mock legislature” session and served as legislators as they debated public policy issues on the State Capitol Assembly floor.Â
The “mock legislature” session allowed participantsÂ to gain a deeper, practicalÂ understanding of howÂ billsÂ are reviewed and laws are passed in the California legislature.
Sacramento District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert and CAIR-Florida's Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly were the keynote speakers at this yearâ€™s MYLP. Â
More than 400Â California students haveÂ participated in the leadership programÂ since its first conference in 2005. The program's graduatesÂ have moved on to becomeÂ community activistsÂ -manyÂ of whom haveÂ created their own non-profit organizations and taken on groundbreaking leadership roles.
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.