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Registration Opens for CAIR’s 6th Annual Maryland ‘Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium’ (MYLS) in Annapolis

(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/19/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today opened registration for its 6th annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (#MYLS2020). 

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 2, at the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis. Open to youth ages 12 to 19, it is themed “Vision 2020: Imagining Progress Through Conflict Resolution.” 

WHAT: Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2020 #MYLS2020

WHO: Muslim Youth Ages 12-19

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Maryland House of Delegates, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Md. 

COST: Early Bird Registration: $10, After March 12: $15

REGISTRATION LINKhttps://MYLS2020.eventbrite.com

[NOTE: All past Maryland MYLS programs have exceeded capacity. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot.]

CAIR’s MYLS programs are designed to train participants to develop strong leadership skills through raising self-awareness and participating in team-building exercises. Students will also tour state buildings and meet with elected leaders. 

BACKGROUNDER:

Conflict is a common and inevitable part of life. It exists because people have different perspectives, priorities, personalities, opinions and lived experiences – which all means they don’t always agree or get along. 

Because it’s a normal part of life, having the ability to resolve conflicts effectively is a crucial skill for people – especially leaders – to develop. Conflict resolution is especially important in the area of harassment and bullying prevention. Being able to resolve or extricate one’s self from a situation before it escalates is one of the most effective ways to reduce the incidence of bullying in schools and social settings.

Resolving conflicts helps accomplish goals and strengthen relationships. But if ignored, avoided or handled ineffectively, they can quickly transform into personal dislike and lead to the breakdown of relationships. Conflict resolution requires negotiation to solve problems and find solutions. It involves asserting one’s self while respecting others. These techniques help build stronger relationships and pave the way to personal and professional growth. 

The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement among American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic society.

CAIR has been organizing 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, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders.

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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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