Hey youth 12+!
Tired of the same old activities? Feel like you are not being heard?
Well brace yourselves!
This is a new chapter in our group's history, and I hope and pray that it will be a bright and fun one!
I want this to be a group that works hard AND plays hard. This is why, our future events will be tailored around you and your interests, and will include a range of social, educational, service, and other activities. With your help, I want this group to become a safe space where you are free to express yourselves, assume active role in your own development, and form friendships with other youth in our community. Personally, as the youth director, I believe that if given the opportunity young people are capable of doing great things and I hope to become someone who can provide you with the platform and tools to achieve those great things. I know, you are not just the future of our community, you are the present! However, in order for any of this to become reality, we need all of your ideas, creativity, man/woman power, dedication, and commitment.
If you are not already part of the ISAK youth group FB page I urge you to also join us there or follow us on Twitter @ISAKYouth.
Age requirements: All brothers and sisters who are 12 years old or above are welcome to join the youth group. Because topics, events, and goals addressed may not be appropriate for younger children, the group will only accept members who fit these age requirements. Youth older than 18 always have the option of becoming part of their local MSA and/or continue being involved with the youth group, while keeping in mind that the main focus of the youth group are ages 12-18.
Group etiquettes and expectations:
May 18th, 2013 - Community Dinner - We hope to see all of you at the dinner honoring the high school graduates.
May 4th, 2013 - Youth Picnic - Join us after after Ask (@5pm) for some fun under the sun. We will have a picnic together, play some sports and have a scavenger hunt. Please bring a snack to share with friends.
May 1st, 2013 - 12th Annual Giving Voice - "The Giving Voice Event performance tends to be a beautiful occasion where we actually can hear each others voices in a really deep way." says David Hassler the director of the Center. "No matter what the age, circumstance, career, time period in your life, everyone has a story to share'. says Nicole Robinson asst director of the Center. Tomorrows event is for the whole family so please join ISAK youth at 6:30pm at the ballroom, 2ND floor of KSU Student Center on Summit St. 44240
April 27th, 2013 - Poetic Vision Tour - Enlightenment Performances. For more information please visit www.poeticvisiontour.com. You can buy your tickets in person after jummah at ISAK, by locating any of our youth committee members, or online at www.pvtakron.eventbrite.com
April 20th, 2013 - Kent Community Dinner - Our youth is volunteering to help put together this interfaith dinner. People who've signed up will be helping with serving, setting and cleaning up, and anything else that might be asked of them.
April 13th, 2013 - How I Met Your Mother - Come and spend some quality time with fellow youth as we listen to panel speakers composed of couples in various stages of their marriage journey. From engaged, to recently married, to married a few years with children, to those veteran couples. We will have an open discussion about topics such dating, marriage, love. Confirmed speakers to be announced as event nears.
March 29th, 2013 - Youth pot-luck & Girls Sleepover - Bring a dish and hang out with some awesome youth. Dinner starts at 6pm. Afterwards, @9pm, all girls 12 and up are welcomed to stay for an amazing, fun-filled sleepover at the masjid. Girls 12-18, if you need to leave early, we'll need a written and signed permission from your parents. Also, moms are welcome to come and do their own thing in the upstairs musallah if they wish.
March 16th, 2013 - Shame - Come and listen to Nouman Ali Khan streamed live with us. We'll meet up at the masji'd nursery @ noon.
March 9th, 2013 - Poetic Vision Tour (PVT) - The youth group is proud to announce an intro show by the PVT @ 7:30 pm. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to catch them during their intimate preview show @ Bridgewater Apartments clubhouse. Cost for attending the preview? Suggested donaltion is $5-10 (or anything you can manage). Make sure to rsvp cause seats are limited. "The PoeticVisionTour is a national traveling concert tour that features spiritually infused, inspired music. The PVT believes that music as an art form should not merely instruct but should inspire, not merely educate, but express." For more information on the tour and its artists/performance, please visit http://www.poeticvisiontour.com/.
March 2, 2013 - Islam is not a checklist: Back to Basics (youth-led talk) - Join us after dhuhr in the nursery as we discuss different ways to develop a closer relationship with God based on a love for Him. Free food, great people, and a really relevant discussion. Youth leader: Amanda Lamadanee.
February 23, 2013 - FIA Teachers and Mosque Staff Appreciation - This Saturday we are extending out side of our group to honor the hard working staff of Faith Islamic Academy! We will be meeting after Asr and creating appreciation cards for the students to send notes of thanks to their teachers and staff. We will be providing these to the students in the secretary's office to make it easy for them to pick up and fill out. All of these cards will be delivered to the teachers on a select day where we will also be delivering appreciation gifts from the youth group that the EC will be purchasing soon! It will be a great surprise for all the staff members who tirelessly work to promote our community.
February 16, 2013 - Me and the Mosque - We will be meeting after dhur salah and showing the new and highly relevant film: Me and the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz (http://www.nfb.ca/film/me_and_mosque). This will be followed by a youth-led discussion on the topic of our roles as individuals in the Islamic community of our masjid. We will be discussing factors like: what the masjid means to you, do you feel welcome the masjid, what do you value about our community, and what would you like to see done differently. The goal is to leave feeling empowered, inspired, and excited about the lovely ISAK.
February 2, 2013 - Sledding (Weather permitting) - Join the youth group as we go sledding at the well known Good Year Metro Park (2077 Newton St. Akron, OH 44305). Bring your own sled or rent one from there for cheap. We will be meeting at noon inshaAllah.
January 26, 2013 - Community Dinner - no separate youth event that day but we hope to present our "Where we've been and where we're going" presentation to the community.
January 20, 2013 - Youth Potluck Dinner - A great opportunity to meet up with friends from the community and meet new people. Also an opportunity to find out how you can become more involved at ISAK and with the Youth Group. Come and find out about our new great event ideas, dinners, outings, and many other exciting news. Please bring a dinner dish or desert to share.
January 19, 2013 - Visiting a Nursing Home - Due to the flu, all nursing homes we contacted asked us to hold our visit sometime in the spring as they are afraid that their residents might get sick.
January 9th 2013: General Body Meeting - Anyone who's been involved with the youth group in the past and anyone interested in becoming involved, we are having a general informational meeting open to everyone (youth 12+). Come and get to know other youth in your community, learn of ways to get involved and brainstorm ideas for future events. We will pray ASR prayer together and then begin with our meeting in the community hall.
January 4th 2013: Compassion and Mercy - Please join us for this week's event after Jummah prayer (2:15pm) at ISAK. We will pray together and then learn more about our deen, our Prophet, ourselves, and our communities, through the lens of compassion and mercy. This event will consist of an open circle discussion on the main musallah, a fun workshop, a survey presentation and lots more, all facilitated by the youth group members who went to MYNA winter camps who will share their experiences and what they've learned.
December 26-31 2012: MYNA Chicago winter camp - another opportunity to attend a MYNA camp if you missed out in Ohio. For more information and to apply please visit http://myna.org/chicago
December 22-28 2012: MYNA Ohio winter camp - for more information and to apply please visit http://myna.org/ohio
December 22nd 2012: Chat and movie - Join us for a discussion circle led by Sr. Marina Rana, who is an English teacher by profession, after which we will watch a movie/documentary (to be announced) related to the topic chosen. The event will start at 7pm, so come pray Isha and stay for the fun.
December 15th 2012: Chat and games - Continuing with the theme from last week, which was very successful, we will have another guest honor us with his presence. Br. Uthman will inshaAllah share his very interesting story and journey to Islam in a circle discussion forum. We will also have a board game night with a few games to choose from in stations that will be set up around the community hall (a little surprise to be announced soon too). Please come for Isha and then stay to have fun with us.
December 8th 2012: Recreational activity - Imam Nader has agreed to honor us with his presence and he will breefly speak about the importance of involvement in a youth group. We will hear from a couple of ex-youth who will share their experiences about growing up as part of a youth group and how has that affected their lives. Later, we divide up by gender to participate in sports. Brothers will be playing football (weather permitting) and the sisters will be playing indoor sports (to be announced). This activity starts 7:00 pm SHARP!
December 1st 2012: There will be no youth event today because of the ISAK Elections that will be taking place.
November 23-25th 2012: Silver Jubilee - ISAK celebrates the achievements of its original founders. Youth are encouraged to participate!
November 23rd 2012: Executive committee meeting - First meeting to get things started.
November 21st 2012: Interfaith feeding of the poor - Rev. Debra Q Bennett, Priest-in-Charge at Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal) in Akron, has invited members of our community to participate in a interfaith effort to feed the poor as part of an annual ecumenical service of Thanksgiving. A select number of youth have been asked to serve as representatives of our group and accompany Br. Hakeem.
November 17th 2012: Youth Movie Night - Youth 12+ are invited to join us for a movie night as we watch "Mooz-lum" together at the masjid after Isha (6:30pm).
November 10th 2012: Youth Bonfire - All youth 12+ are invited to join us at the masjid @8:00PM SHARP! Bring your friends, siblings, neighbors! What better way to spend a cold night than around a bonfire with some cool people and hot chocolate!!!