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Youth

What is Turning Point’s Youth Program About?

Our Youth Group offers Muslim girls and young women (ages 13-19 years) a supportive peer network and safe space to address social, peer and familial pressures, learn about their rights as Muslim girls/women and as Americans as they navigate their way through daily challenges unique to Muslims living in post 9/11 New York. The peer network offers them opportunities to develop self esteem, confidence, and leadership skills.

A large barrier facing young Muslim girls born in the U.S. is that many of their immigrant parents are fearful and intimidated by the hostile post-9/11 climate, and in turn, hesitate to seek help from mainstream agencies, even when they recognize a problem in the family. The youth group allows them an opportunity to discuss issues and seek solutions collectively.

The youth group also  to help teenagers understand the value of education, staying focused, and taking charge of their own lives. The group has made an incredible impact on many girls, who have gained self confidence, built leadership skills, and have become empowered to talk about critical issues that affect their daily lives such as peer, familial, and societal pressure as well as gender, ethnic, and religious discrimination. At Turning Point, girls feel a sense of peace, belongingness, wellness, support, and empowerment.

The group meets once a week and functions like a peer support group. In a group setting, the girls have often brainstormed to find answers/solutions to difficult issues and problems.

Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains®

 

Our popular Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains® workshop series has been held every spring from February to April since 2009. The Leadership program connects Muslim girls and young women ages 13 to 20 with positive Muslim female role models who talk about their professions, education, and experiences as Muslim women working in NYC and conduct engaging interactive workshops related to their field. Participants are given the tools and platform to build their creativity, leadership, public speaking skills, and navigate which career/educational path they’d like to pursue.

 

ARISE NY! Anti-Bullying and Hate Crime Campaign

 

Our ARISE NY! Anti-Bullying and Hate Crime campaign was started in 2010 by our youth members in response to the bullying and stereotyping they faced in their daily lives. The campaign that started to raise awareness among youth has morphed into a much broader project. The result is an annual youth-led city-wide summit through which Muslim and non-Muslim youth learn ways to combat bullying and hate crimes and learn to become proactively involved in stopping it.

Our Youth Leader and youth members regularly conduct  educational workshops in libraries, schools, and organizations throughout NYC to heighten awareness about bullying and hate crimes, and help empower  Muslim and non-Muslim youth so they are equipped to address them appropriately.   If you would like us to conduct a workshop in your school, library or organization please email  info@tpny.org or call 718-883-9400.  

How Can I Join the Group?

For more information about the Turning Point Youth Group please contact us at 718-883-9400 or email: info@tpny.org.                     For more news on youth activities visit us on Facebook    

Youth Speak…

One Youth Group member talks about what it was like to participate in a Turning Point Event
“I wrote a poem…and I read it out loud to everyone in the room, including extended family members. I read that we too have relationships, feelings and broken hearts…It felt so good to talk about it…For some of the girls, it was such a big deal to let the mothers know what they are talking about and experiencing these real life issues…Some people in the audience were so happy that this came out and we were talking about these issues. It was intense, and really powerful; even the psychiatrist who was there said ‘Wow, these girls are going through a lot’.”

Youth Group Member