MY NYC Bridge is a leadership development program that trains and advises participants in leadership skills; encourages civic engagement and dialogue about the issues affecting the Muslim Community of New York; and connects 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. The first MY NYC Bridge program launched in 2013 at the Al-Noor School.
The objectives of the MY-NYC Bridge program are to:
- Create and connect students to active Muslim role models by establishing relationships that support and expand students’ horizons as they make the critical decisions about their future college studies.
- Expose students to the diversity of fields their mentors work in, both professionally and personally.
- Encourage students to engage civically by providing community service opportunities for mentors and mentees to complete together. 4. Expand students’ social consciousness by hosting lectures and dialogues about the social justice issues affecting New York City Muslims and tools the community has for addressing these issues.