Youth Group

Our Youth Group offers Muslim girls and young women (ages 13-20 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 youth group helps 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, developed leadership skills, and found their strength thus feeling empowered to talk about critical issues that affect their daily lives such as social pressures and gender, ethnic, and religious discrimination. At Turning Point, girls feel a sense of peace, belonging, wellness, support, and empowerment.

The group meets once a week on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm. In a group setting, the girls have often brainstormed to find solutions to difficult issues and problems.

ARISE NY! Anti-Bullying and Anti-Hate Crime Campaign

Our ARISE NY! Anti-Bullying and Anti-Hate Crime campaign was envisioned and created in 2010 by our youth members in response to the bullying, stereotyping and Islamophobia that they faced in their daily lives. This campaign has since morphed into a much broader project. We now conduct regular ARISE NY! workshops at schools, libraries and in partnership with other organizations to address the ongoing issues of bullying, stereotyping, and hate crimes faced by youth. We also address other issues that impact the lives of NYC youth including peer pressure, “ fitting in”, identity, feelings of isolation, and more. The highlight of this project is an annual citywide ARISE NY! Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit open to youth of all backgrounds.

If you would like to schedule a free workshop in your school, library, or organization, please email or call 718.262.8722 or 718-262-8744.

Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains®

Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains® (M2M) is our popular, flagship leadership training series for Muslim girls and young women ages 13-20 years. M2M connects the young participants with female leaders in the Muslim community. Since 2009, M2M has been held annually between February through April. The facilitators, all Muslim females, serve as role models as they engage the participants in interactive workshops and inspire them by discussing their own professions, educational paths, and experiences as Muslim women working in NYC in their fields. Participants are given the tools and platform to express their creativity, develop leadership, communication and public speaking skills, and explore their own educational/career paths. Many facilitators also continue to mentor the young participants beyond the program.

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