Mas Freedom Youth [Archives:2005/871/Letters to the Editor]

August 25 2005

Mas Freedom Foundation representative
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Over 70 participants packed the Muslim American Society Milwaukee Wisconsin office for a Freedom Foundation Community Empowerment Workshop focusing on experiential training in media, politics, coalition-building and interfaith outreach.

Approximately 80% of those attending were between the ages of 16 and 24. Also attending were Muslim Student Association representatives from universities throughout Wisconsin.

“At MAS Freedom, we are focusing on providing leadership training for young Muslims before they reach high school or college,” said MAS Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray. “The goal is to foster a culture

of religious and civic involvement that produces young Muslim leaders, who

are not only capable of being leaders in their Muslim community, but also leaders in American society.

“We want young Muslims to feel not only that they can be presidents of Muslim Student Associations, but also presidents of their general student body,” he said.

“We are training Muslim youth to be headlights and not taillights, and thermostats not thermometers,” he added.