INGYouth Testimonials

Hear what INGYouth Speakers have to say about their INGYouth Certification

“This program is extremely useful! I wouldn’t have been able to present about Islam without the proper prep and training ING has provided. Therefore, without me having this training and prep, I wouldn’t have requested to present, and the 175 students I spoke in front of would not have a new perspective about Islam.” 

“This program has helped not only better my speaking skills but also make me stronger as a Muslim.” 

“I am grateful for the opportunity that ING has granted me to make a difference.” 

“The program is extremely useful because it teaches me how to deal with questions and amazing presentation skills while of course, spreading the beliefs and values of Islam.”

“The ING instruction that I received prepared me to speak about my religion in a way that wasn’t political nor offending to anyone. I had hoped that the audience I was presenting to would come out knowing the unbiased truth about Islam and Muslims, so that they could form their own opinions and be able to tell when someone else’s are incorrect. I really think I was able to accomplish this, thanks to the training I got at ING which taught me the best way to counteract lies is through the truth.”

Hear what educators have to say about the INGYouth Program

“This program allowed my students to learn about Islam and to hear about it’s history and practices from a peer which is always more powerful than hearing it from their teacher. This program also enabled my students to see Islam in a much more personal light rather than something foreign or non-applicable to their lives. The student speaker was able to use the INGYouth materials to enhance her presentation and I as an educator was able to refer to the materials myself and use them in the classroom.” 

“The speaker’s presentation through the INGYouth Program was tremendously inspiring and thought-provoking. I know our students benefited greatly based on the depth and wealth of questions asked during our session.” 

“INGYouth presentations helped students and educators to understand our campus culture. It is basic information all schools should know.” 

“ING is doing some great work and highly engaged our students intellectually and emotionally.”

Hear what Muslim youth have to say about our INGYouth Workshops & Speaker Trainings

“I thought it was going to be boring because my mom forced me to come here. I had the idea in my mind that we were just going to get lectured and when we came here I was very surprised… we met new people, and it was actually a lot of fun.”

“One of the best things was the information in the speakers kit: all those questions were super-interesting. I didn’t know how to respond to certain parts and having that with me, if i’m ever faced with a situation, I’ll know what to do now. I think that’s the biggest thing that I came away with. I can respond without being too passive, or too aggressive.”

“In the beginning, I didn’t know how this was going to turnout. This is like my first workshops thing so coming in I was like I’m not gonna like it. But in the end, when I got to experience it, I was meeting new people and I thought this is cool. I’m understanding my religion more. Now I can understand certain scenarios that happen. I don’t have to react negatively, I can actually educate people and let them know the facts about my religion.”

“Whenever someone says something negative about Islam to you, I feel that the immediate reaction is to get scared almost. It gets a little tiring when people ask all these questions. You want to have a response that makes them like respect you because everyone deserves that respect. The program really did teach me that I don’t have to be the person who doesn’t have a response to anything. You don’t have to turn away from that person and ignore the rude comment and the dirty look because people can change and people can learn if only you have the right resources to teach them.”

“I just want to say it was awesome to be able to talk about situations where we felt we were bullied because it helped me realize that I’m not the only one who’s been in these situations. And that I can talk to people about them. A lot of times, our parents are busy or teachers can’t talk at the moment so it’s nice to have someone to sit down with and tell them that you’re having this problem in a safe space. And it’s people our age so we’re getting advice and perspective from people who have gone through the same thing.”

“My parents are always complaining that I’m on my phone all the time. I didn’t touch my phone once because of the great time I was having.”

“In light of recent events, the people around me have become more and more curious about my religion. Before I joined ING, I was simply trying to answer these difficult questions to the best of my ability with the little knowledge that I had, desperately trying to make my religion not sound irrational. After I became involved with ING, I’ve expanded my knowledge and it is a lot more stable and solid now; I know exactly how to respond and am informed. The best feeling is being confident when explaining my religion and being able to trust that I’m giving the right answers.”