Make Your Voice Heard: An MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop
Are you concerned about the dramatic increase in Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes in the US? Do you want to send a message that bigotry and discrimination have no place in our communities? Do you want to learn how to use your voice and your personal story to make positive change? If so, join us for a Youth Advocacy Workshop!
The event is open to all youth in 6th-12th grade. The workshop will be facilitated by Aneelah Afzali from MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), staff from Kids4Peace, and other interfaith and media leaders.
This four-hour workshop will empower youth with the tools to speak out publicly against Islamophobia, with a particular emphasis on using media to tell positive personal stories.
Hour 1. Introductions; sharing of concerns about the current climate in the US; background on rise of Islamophobia in the US; the importance of speaking up and using media to tell our stories
Hour 2. Media training workshop -- Learn how to write an effective letter to the editor or op-ed; work with mentors to write your story to combat Islamophobia
Hour 3. Sharing of personal stories; debrief; committing to next steps
Hour 4. The event will conclude with a youth press conference to share the experience with local media.
This event is co-sponsored by a broad coalition of over 65 (and growing!) organizations; please see the complete list on the event's Facebook page.
Please note that this registration form is for youth participants ONLY. If you are an adult interested in volunteering at the event, please complete this form instead.