Identity, Engagement and Expression: Recap of the 2012 MYG Leadership Academy Summer Session

By: Soha Yassine 

MYG Leadership Academy held its first annual summer session from June 18-22. It was an opportunity to develop leadership and spirituality as well as articulate the American Muslim Identity through intellectual and artistic expression.

The session was attended by 25 amazing youth and was instructed by even more amazing teachers. Click on the video below to view a montage of photos and videos of the session.

The objective of the MYG Leadership Academy is to provide in-depth examinations of the leadership lessons of the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Students will be able to approach contemporary topics relating to gender, pluralism, exegesis, interfaith relations, and more.

The goal is to derive the leadership lessons of the Quran and Sunnah so that students can be properly equipped to be leaders and ambassadors of Islam. In addition to the four six-week modules offered throughout the year, the MYG-LA offers special seminars and summer sessions in Quranic recitation, public speaking, and advanced leadership.

During the 2011-2012 MYG year, the following sessions were offered:

  • “Leadership Lessons from the Quran” with Jihad Turk
  • “Freedom, Democracy, and Pluralism in the Quran” with Soha Yassine
  • “Leadership in Action” with Salam al-Marayati
  • “Strengthening the American Muslim Identity” with Hassan Zeeni
  • Identity, Engagement, and Expression: Summer Session with Dr. Maher Hathout, the Elev8 arts program team, Wasi Momin, and more.

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Soha Yassine is the Youth and Volunteer Coordinator at the ICSC. If you are interested in learning more about the Muslim Youth Group, MECA SoCal, or volunteering at ICSC, email

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