Welcome to the INGYouth Program Welcome to the INGYouth Program Training and Tools for Young American Muslims ING’s mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. The goal of the INGYouth Program is threefold: to increase young American Muslims’ Islamic LITERACY to help them respond to frequently asked questions about Islam, as well as to prevent extremism which is often based on ignorance of authentic religious teachings build CONFIDENCE in their Islamic identities based on a sound understanding of their faith inspire ACTION towards bridge-building between American Muslims and people of other faiths, or those with no faith. To help facilitate this, we have created this website as a starting point and reference place for American Muslim youth. Our INGYouth Speakers Program empowers young Muslims to formally and informally present on Islam and Muslims. While there, you’ll be able to see our upcoming trainings and workshops throughout the country. You can also read about what young Muslims have said about our workshops and see a list of past events with photos and articles. Check out our INGYouth resources to increase Islamic Literacy! We’ve created a new set of presentations focusing on various aspects of Muslim life and history. Topics include: Getting to Know American Muslims, A History of Muslims in America, Muslim Contributions to Civilization, and Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes. We’ve also organized a set of 55 Frequently Asked Questions about Islam and Muslims meant specifically for young Muslims as well as a Series of Videos featuring INGYouth Speakers answering some questions. You will also find tips about how to share and present your experiences as a Muslim with your friends and classmates in a respectful and educational manner. In our Anti-Bullying section, you can find information on how to tackle the difficult issue of bullying. Feel free to download our Bullying Prevention Guide for educators, parents and mosques. We have also included Information on how YOU can make your school a safer place. You can also learn more about Student & Parent rights in schools. Print out some handouts (student) and (parent) on identifying and dealing with teasing, harassment and bullying. Watch webinars for parents on issues and remedies relating to Muslim youth. We can also refer you to other Support and Resources if you are in a situation where you need help.* In our new Express Yourself tab, you can get creative and let us know what you’re thinking! Please offer us valuable Feedback and tell us about your experiences using our resources. While you’re there, feel free to ask us a question and we will be happy to help you find the best answer. You can also find our Youth Voices Blog, which will serve as an online space for you to get creative and express yourself. We need YOU to submit you experiences, poetry, music, pictures, videos, or whatever you like to help us make it something amazing. Finally, check out our updated Book List, which feature a collection of books written by Muslim authors geared toward Muslim youth. Many of the books are novels while others are more informational. By no means is this an exhaustive list; if you have any books that you have enjoyed, please share them with us! Thank you for visiting our website. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please email our INGYouth Coordinator Ishaq at [email protected]! Finally, stay tuned for more exciting updates to our site. *DISCLAIMER: The material provided in the Anti-Bullying section is intended for informational use to better understand the problems of bullying that many youth face. If you or someone you know is experiencing any kind of bullying, please contact your teacher, principal, or parents.