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2/3/16- Register for CIOGC’s Understanding Muslim Youth 2-Day Workshop!

CIOGC is pleased to announce a Two-Day Interactive weekend workshop on Understanding Muslim Youth: Helping Them Navigate Through the Challenges of Today. This workshop is for parents, youth workers, teachers, coaches, mentors, imams and anyone who works with young Muslims. 

Registration is now open! Be a mentor for our youth! We invite you to join us on March 5-6, 2016 at the Islamic Center of Wheaton for this wonderful opportunity. Register today! There are limited seats.

In partnership with the Family and Youth Institute (FYI), CIOGC is excited to be bringing highly experienced professionals to conduct this fast-paced, interactive workshop. The workshop gives an overview of the science of youth development, impacts, risk behaviors, challenges, issues, and areas of focus in this very important and practical field of study. Throughout the day the instructors will guide participants through case-studies and highlight research-based methods of communication to help fine-tune the approach of youth workers and parents alike. This course will outline effective youth programming elements that will assist participants in making real connections and designing youth programming that will inspire young people to continue investing in their Muslim community.

“Muslim youth face many conflicting messages from society that impact how they form their identity and practice their faith. It is necessary to learn about the values of Muslim youth to be able to support their development. I felt empowered by this workshop to take this knowledge and apply it to the young people in my community,” said a previous Workshop Participant.

The second day of the program will dive deep into the basics of counseling and mentorship skills. Participants will actively improve their ability to connect and advise the young people in their respective communities through learning and practicing engagement skills and honing non-verbal and verbal communication techniques. This hands-on practical training will be guided by the facilitators and participants will leave the workshop more confident and better able to address the needs of the youth in their communities. 

Speaker Bios

Ms. Hiat Saleh

Hiat Saleh​ holds a masters in psychology. She has been working as a school psychologist in public school districts for the past 12 years. As a school psychologist, Hiat conducts psycho-educational assessments, provides behavioral interventions and counseling for students and offers support for staff and parents. She has worked at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Hiat has also been active with the Muslim community for the past 15 years. Her work within the community has primarily focused on youth, mentorship, and social services and mental health. Hiat currently resides in northern California.

Sadiq Patel, MSW

Sadiq Patel is the Program Manager of The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI) and obtained his Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a doctoral student at the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. He has conducted research on issues related to positive adolescent development among urban youth, the effects of community and family violence exposure, bullying/peer victimization, and culturally and spiritually informed prevention programs. His area of focus was psychotherapy and social identity.
Sadiq is a former research assistant on an NIH-funded violence prevention program at DePaul University, psychotherapist at American Indian Health & Family Services in Detroit, MI, and educator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools through Teach for America.

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Register today. The ticket price covers the trainers’ fees and printed materials. It also includes meals on both days of the workshop.