YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AT CIOGC
Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:58:01 GMT
There are about 200,000 Muslim youth in Greater Chicago. Left to negotiate a trail between assimilation and denial, an estimated 95% of Muslim youth are disconnected from mosque communities - a statistic that is compatible with the roughly 95% of our institutions that are unequipped to engage young Muslims in a way that meaningful and culturally relevant.
Just as other immigrant and minority communities in America’s past have grappled with discrimination and marginalization, the Muslim American community is now navigating to pave its path for a positive pluralistic experience in America.
CIOGC facilitates a constituent lead effort for nurturing local youth development among its 53 member institutions, and works to mitigate the stigma of “otherness” that often marginalizes communities. We do this through programs that support, educate, mobilize and empower young Muslims to find a well-integrated Muslim American voice and identity that is manifested in action for positive social change in American society at large.
With a fervent vision to fulfill the prophetic model of youth development, the Council has allocated a substantial portion of its energy and resources to the empowerment of Muslim youth work in Illinois. With a birds-eye view of the Illinois Muslim landscape, including 52 weekend schools, 15 Full time Islam schools, over 50 member organizations, 100 youth mentors, more than 15 MSA campuses and at least 40 youth groups, the Council is in an ideal place to facilitate networking, capacity building and coordination among the Greater Chicago’s Muslim youth endeavors.
Find out more about the Council's Youth Development Inititaives Here:
- Council Programs for Islamic Schools
- Council Programs for Youth
- Council Programs for Mentors & Youth Groups
- Council Programs for Public Schools
- Council Programs for MSAs
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