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The Family and Youth Institute held a contest asking for short stories in the form of audio clips from American Muslim youth around the country. We asked for shared experiences, for thoughts on belonging, and stories of identity and we were so excited to hear from so many young people. Below are three of the contestant’s submissions made into animated videos.


Meet Dawud as he goes through his day trying to be a good Muslim and strive for Jannah! This video is one of the submissions from the FYI’s 2018 My Voice, My Life Youth Audio Contest! Students from all over the nation were asked to submit 2-minute audio clips sharing their life as a Muslim in America.


 

Follow along as our young friend discusses her multiple identities as a Muslim American and how she feels when she’s treated like she doesn’t belong. “Are these identities mutually exclusive?”, she asks. Listen as she comes to a powerful conclusion! The audio for this video was submitted for The Family and Youth Institute’s Youth Audio Contest by a middle-school-aged contestant. Students were asked to tell a story about how they feel as a young Muslim growing up in America. These are her own words, unscripted and original.


Listen as this young Muslim woman shares her experiences living out her faith on a daily basis. From the halls of her high school to the depths of her faith, she leans on Islam as a guide and comfort. The audio for this video was submitted for The Family and Youth Institute’s Youth Audio Contest by a high-school-aged contestant. Students were asked to tell a story about how they feel as young Muslims growing up in America. These are her own words, unscripted and original.