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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Fredrick Douglass
Strong, Black, Muslim, and Proud!
We aim to nurture healthy, thriving children who are joyful, curious and engage with the world with confidence. In order to support this effort and recognizing that racial inequities persist in our society The Family & Youth Institute has published 1), a new book, Uplifting Black Muslim Youth: A Positive Youth Development Approach and 2), this Uplifting Black Muslim Youth Toolkit.
History of the Project
The FYI is dedicated to researching the issues facing American Muslim communities in order to support individuals and empower communities. One of our main focus areas is Positive Youth Development. The lived experiences of Black American Muslim youth are unique and the issues faced are not accurately reflected in the current research nor supported by the available resources.
Resources for Black Muslims
As someone who identifies as Black and Muslim, you know that race matters in how you interact with and experience the world. The resources in these sections are meant to cater to your needs and realities. As a parent, young person, or community leader we hope you use these resources and tools to uplift the Black Muslim youth in your lives.
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Empowering Black Muslim Families
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman
1. Recognize. As a parent, you are a powerful influence on your child(ren), who can change the world. Embrace and celebrate the magic you do every day because you have a lot on your plate! As you go through the highs and lows of parenting, make sure to engage in regular moments of self-care.
Black Muslim Youth Resources
“There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.”
– James Baldwin
As Black Muslim youth, it is important to recognize and affirm your positive impact on the world! Many of you are using your strengths to make an impact, and below are some resources to help you keep going!
Black Mosques and Organizations
“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”
— Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)
Black Muslim mosques have been nurturing youth socially, morally, intellectually, and emotionally for decades. How can we be more responsive and intentional in our efforts? In order to help our youth thrive, as communities we must be youth-centered, support families, and have relevant programming. Use the resources below to help your community better meet the needs of young people. If there are more specific or better resources that you think will be helpful for communities please send us a suggestion here.