We will empower Muslim youth from immigrant communities and give them the resources they need to fulfill their aspirations.
CAIR-Minnesota's Building Youth Power Initiative focuses on building resilience through identifying emerging and established youth leaders across the state to be trained and connected to build a more resilient youth network. We will educate, support, build community, and develop the collaborative organizing strategies Muslim youth need to organize effectively. Our key demographics are Muslim youth, primarily low-income, immigrant and refugee, and Black. We aim to work primarily with high schools and colleges/universities, as well as young professionals and change-makers in the community. Our program meets the needs of seasoned youth activists as well as socially conscious young people who want to be involved in movement building but lack the resources to start.
Did you use the resources offered during the Improve Phase (mentorship, expert feedback, community research)? (2000 characters)
Yes, we did indeed incorporate Sarah's wise and expert advice into our plan's proposal. We added the attached Logic Plan which will give us some guidance as to our evaluation of BYPI. We will give some serious consideration to her thoughts regarding older youth mentoring younger youth, as well as the possible ramifications of developing apps. Her suggestions were very much appreciated.
In what ways would potential BridgeBuilder funds allow you to pursue your idea that other funding opportunities have not? (1000 characters)
Funding from BridgeBuilder would provide us with the capacity to potentially hire another youth coordinator who could assist with increasing our outreach in addition to helping with additional research and staying in touch with experts, coordinating meetings and workshops and events, etc. These funds would help defray the cost of a one-day Muslim Youth Convening which we are holding in November of 2019. We are hosting this event at no charge for participants in order to give them the opportunity to connect and network with their peers, learn about civic engagement and find ways to discuss the issues that are affecting them.
BYPI is so urgent and critically needed for our community; it is our intention to incorporate the program along with CAIR-MN's regular programming.
What aspects or proportion of the overall idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (1000 characters)
These funds would potentially support employment of a youth coordinator for outreach, event planning and execution, ensuring that we can strategically plan for the program's long-term goals into the future.
What are the key steps or activities for your idea for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (1000 characters)
Please see Project Timeline attached hereto.
What will community-level impact look like over the timeframe of your idea? How will you determine whether or not you have achieved that impact? And what outstanding questions do you still have? (1000 characters)
Our Impact: We will, by the year 2022, have in place a sustainable, self-governing, well-run CAIR-MN Youth program which offers Minnesota Muslim Youth the opportunities to come to workshops at CAIR-MN to network either in person or online with other youth from across Greater Minnesota. By 2022 we certainly do not know that the problems of Islamophobia will have been resolved and cannot predict into the future, but we need to plan for the strong and urgent needs of our Muslim Youth in Minnesota now and the impact upon the up and coming youth in the next three years. We want a strong and resilient community of Muslim Youth in Minnesota, rural and urban, who can voice their concerns and issues and respond to their needs in an organized and effective way. We do predict a healthier, more knowledgable, civically engaged and connected Minnesota Youth by the Year 2022 as a result of Building Youth Power Initiative.
Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (1000 characters)
Please see Jaylani Hussein biography.
Lastly, how did you apply new learnings to your idea? (1000 characters)
Yes, we implemented some of the expert suggestions into our plan during the improve phase, especially with regard to the evaluation and sustainability issues.