The Family and Youth Institute has gathered resources for the following areas and produced them in the form of a toolkit. We hope that you will find these resources useful during times of need. Each of the toolkits includes links to a host of resources based on the topic area.
COVID-19 Ramadan Toolkit – Ramadan is a month of spiritual renewal and self-discipline – a path that is characterized by struggles and challenges that are unique to each person. While this will be a physically distant and spiritually different Ramadan, our current situation does not prevent us from catching the blessings of Ramadan. We are here to serve you during these times. We conducted a needs assessment about the concerns and needs of American Muslims as they prepare for a COVID-19 Ramadan. Based on the findings, we have prepared this Ramadan Toolkit with practical tips on how to nourish your spiritual selves during this COVID-19 Ramadan.
The Divorce Support Toolkit – Getting a divorce as an American Muslim may come with many challenges and little help or support. Lack of guidance may amplify the emotional and physical toll of the divorce process on you and your loved ones, and lack of support may leave you feeling unsure where to turn. With appropriate support and direction, divorce does not need to feel so difficult and stigmatized. Such support can allow you to properly address some of the issues that may challenge you as you go through this process. Proper guidance and preparation can also help mitigate the negative effects of divorce on your life, faith, and spirituality. This toolkit provides resources and practical tips on maneuvering through a divorce, regardless of what stage you are in.
Wellbeing in the Time of Coronavirus Toolkit – As the nation goes into a state of emergency and people react to the uncertainty facing us, it’s hard to know where to turn for solid information, grounded advice, and clear direction. Our team has come together to produce this list of vetted articles and resources to help you find your way during this uncertain time. From resources for parents on how to talk to your kids about the anxiety and fear they are witnessing around them to du’a and hadith that help focus our concerns towards our Creator – this toolkit is designed with you in mind.
The Election Debrief Toolkit – This election season has been incredibly difficult for so many, but the compounding issues facing many American Muslims can make it feel even more difficult and stressful. In these days leading up to (and perhaps after, depending on when results are announced) the election, we want to help and support you and your family.
This Election Debrief Toolkit will be updated based on the results of the election. In the meantime, we’ve created a “while we wait” section full of resources to help you process your emotions, handle your anxiety, and make meaningful decisions.
Uplifting Black Muslim Youth Toolkit – A fifth of the American Muslim population is made up of Black Muslims and it is time for the research and resources to reflect this fact. This toolkit recognizes that our American Muslim communities are varied and the issues we face and the needs we have are unique. This toolkit was built specifically for Black Muslim parents and mentors but also includes a section for non-Black individuals who are sincerely looking for tools and guidance to help increase their understanding of race, systematic injustices, and implicit bias in order to better support Black Muslim youth.
Marriage Prep Toolkit – Research shows that marriage education increases marital satisfaction and spousal commitment, and reduces conflict and odds of divorce. The FYI Marriage Prep Toolkit was developed to help people prepare for the commitment of a lifetime. This toolkit can be a guide in identifying personal expectations around marriage, navigating courtship, determining compatibility, and making the decision to marry. The FYI Marriage Prep Toolkit is based on Islamic principles but can be useful for anyone seeking resources to prepare for a strong and healthy marriage.
Elder Care Toolkit – Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation? Are you both caring for your elderly parent(s) and your not-yet-grown children? This toolkit provides some guiding tips for raising concerns with your family about an elderly parent’s need for care. It includes resources to help family members identify changes that their parents or close relatives may experience as they age, as well as guidance in sharing in the responsibility of caretaking. Lastly, the toolkit highlights the importance of self-care for a primary caregiver and provides strategies to avoid burnout.
Grief Support Toolkit – This toolkit offers a range of resources to help readers through understanding the process of grief. Whether you yourself are going through one of the many stages of grief, or you are looking to help and support another, this toolkit has resources for you. From tips on how to talk to children and teens about their experiences with grief to spiritual guidance to support you during a time of need. Click on the image or the link for more.
Infant Mental Health Toolkit – Do you ever wonder what goes on in your baby’s mind? Are you worried about being a good parent to your young child? During the early years of life, babies are forging their first relationships and developing emotionally, socially, and cognitively, which serve as the foundation for the rest of their lives. Through these pivotal years, how can you make sure your child grows to become the best version of herself? This toolkit addresses Infant Mental Health, an integral component of raising a healthy child, and provides readings and practical tips for you to better understand your child, foster a positive parent-child relationship, and exercise personal self-care.
Digital Parenting Toolkit – Technology changes almost as fast as children grow! Based on community feedback we researched and designed this toolkit with parents in mind! This parenting resource will be handy to have as the newest app takes over your lives and you try to figure out how to balance all the devices in your home. From safety steps to dangerous apps to how to commit as a family to a more balanced approach to social media consumption, this guide is for you!
Religious/Spiritual Abuse Toolkit – Spiritual Abuse, which is also sometimes called religious abuse, is mistreatment inflicted on others using the excuse or rationale of religion, faith, or spirituality. It is important to recognize the signs of this type of abuse, know how to get or provide help, and avoid blaming the victim when these incidences occur. Below, we have outlined a list of resources to help inform our community.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit – In recognition of 2017’s National Suicide Prevention Week, The FYI set out to create comprehensive and culturally specific resources addressing suicide risks, intervention, assessment, and prevention. This thorough resource includes information specific to teens, parents, survivors of suicide attempts, their families, survivors of suicide loss, a section for mental health professionals, imams, educators, and additional resources including infographics, videos, and help-lines.
Bullying Prevention Toolkit – This toolkit offers a variety of resources for parents, school administrators and youth themselves to address and build protective factors against bullying and anti-Muslim sentiment. The resources touch on a diverse array of topics such as coping strategies and legal advice and advice by age and child development stage.
Tragic Event Toolkit – It can be overwhelming to think about how to discuss a tragic event with your children. You may be feeling anxious and struggling to try to make sense of things yourself. Remember what you do have control over and focus on that. Resources in this toolkit include tips on how to speak to your children about their concerns and fears, how to first deal with your own fears and anxieties, and also some spiritual and advocacy tips, among many others.
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