(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 6/4/15) — Beginning Friday June 12, the Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its 7th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. The three-day leadership program for Muslim high school and college students will focus on challenging Islamophobia in both social and political arenas.

WHAT: 7th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)
WHEN: June 12-14, 2015
WHERE: Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
PROGRAM: Media are invited to the Friday evening Leadership banquet with keynote speaker Rep. George E. Young, Sr.; Saturday, June 13 workshops and presentation, 10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; June 14 mock debate at Oklahoma State Capitol, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with guest speaker Senator Anastasia Pittman.
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com

SEE: Muslim Youth Leadership Program Detailed Schedule

The weekend symposium will consist of a leadership banquet with keynote speaker Representative George E. Young, Sr., a full day of workshops, and will conclude with a mock legislative debate in the House Chambers of the Oklahoma State Capitol building with special remarks from Senator Anastasia Pittman. In its 7th year of operation, MYLS aims to empower Oklahoma Muslim youth to challenge Islamophobia and to reclaim the image of Islam through positive social activism.

“Our Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium provides attendees with the tools and resources necessary to challenge Islamophobia, hate rhetoric and bigotry in our society,” said CAIR-OK Events Coordinator Anna Facci. “This year, we are focused on overcoming Islamophobia in personal and political lives of Muslim youth with workshops designed to educate students about forms of inequality, generate meaningful conversations about the importance of interfaith dialogues and emphasize the role of civic engagement in community leadership.”

SEE: Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2015 Program Page

The 50 MYLS participants have been selected through an application process from across the state of Oklahoma to participate in this year’s program.

CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com; CAIR-OK Events Coordinator Anna Facci, 405-286-6009 ext. 3, afacci@cair.com