Youth Leadership

Connecting Communities, Creating New Spaces for Engagement

Youth Leadership

Empowering youth to address the civic and social justice issues they and their communities face today.

Our youth programs aim to introduce youth in civic/social justice issues and empower them with the tools to effect change in their communities. We do this through:

Muslim Youth NYC - MYNYC

Muslim Youth NYC (MYNYC) is a leadership development program engaging Muslim high-school youth in community organizing, conflict resolution, and public speaking.

Covid-19. Hate Crimes. Figuring out #LifeGoals. Whatever’s on your mind, we can help you do something about it.

Looking for advice on your career and life goals? Need to connect with Muslim professionals?

In an interactive hands-on environment, you, the next generation of leaders, will get the chance to identify the social justice issues you care about, and initiate and lead projects to address them.


Through MY NYC, you will:

  • Build understanding of effective leadership and confidence in your own ability to lead
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities, including the use of root-cause analysis to explore the persistence of social injustice
  • Learn key leadership skills, such as public speaking, time management, coalition building, conflict resolution, networking, community organizing, and more,
  • Meet others like you from around New York City, share experiences, and discuss issues you care about in a safe space
  • Understand and link social justice issues with your local community
  • Develop, lead and execute projects that address the root cause of an issue in your community
  • Connect with other role models from your community. 
Bridge Mentorship

Bridge mentorship program is a mentorship program pairing Muslim youth with mentors who can develop their professional and life skills.

Our mentors offer advice on how to best achieve the professional career and life goals you’re considering. Each month, we hold workshops on professional development skills such as:

  • personal financial management, 
  • time management, 
  • resume writing, 
  • mock interviews, and
  • organizational culture.

Each workshop features a high profile Muslim American guest speaker. Previous speakers have included co-founders of multibillion dollar private equity firms, partners at prestigious law firms, veteran journalists at high profile newspapers, critically-acclaimed comedians, and medical professionals known for humanitarian work around the world, such as: 

  • Riaz Siddiqui 
  • Samar Ali
  • Alhassan Susso 
  • Rowaida Abdelaziz
  • Senator Robert Jackson

Through the Bridge program, you will gain a network of professionals and the skills to achieve your aspirations. If you would like to join as a mentee or volunteer as a mentor, please contact Rana Aboomar at rana@mcnny.org

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