On February 12, 2013, MCN board and staff hosted a meet and greet for mentors of the new MY NYC Bridge Program. MY NYC Bridge Programs are leadership development programs that train and advise participants in leadership skills; encourage civic engagement and dialogue about the issues affecting the Muslim Community of New York; and connect students from Islamic Schools and community centers to positive Muslim role models from the broader Muslim Community. Bridge Programs engage Muslim youth and young professionals in monthly workshops and mentorship to encourage students to explore potential career paths, meet strong Muslim community leaders, and positively engage in their communities. Bridge programs run either for a six-month period during the school year or over the summer, and fill the need to bring critical extra-curricular activities to schools or community centers that are unable to initiate the yearlong MY NYC program at their institutions.
Mentors had the opportunity to meet, mingle, and get to know one another over conversation and refreshments. They shared their visions, hopes and dreams for the program as well as their experience working with youth in the past. Several mentors expressed their belief that there has been a need for a mentorship program within the Muslim community for several years, that they are excited to be part of MCN’s initiative, and to serve as role models for male students from the Al-Noor School. We’re so excited to have such an inspiring group of men as mentors, and to kick start our MY NYC Bridge Programs. We’re also grateful for the support of our community members as we continue to build upon our programs. To get involved with our Muslim Youth NYC (MY NYC) Program, contact Maryam Said at firstname.lastname@example.org.