from Semany Gashaw, Program Manager of Growing Up Muslim at New America Media (NAM), a national ethnic media news service agency
Growing Up Muslim in San Jose
on April 9 10am to 1:30pm, at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 East Empire Street, San Jose 95112. Ethiopian food will be served for lunch.
Growing Up Muslim is a project which sprung out of the recent One Nation survey on Bay Area Muslims, because our ED, Sandy Close thought that the youth voice was missing from it. The ideal of the project is to record what it means to grow up Muslim in a post 9/11 America as well as to reintroduce the survey to the ethnic media.
We had our first event in San Francisco on March 26th and the second one will be in San Jose on April 9th. The first event was a success since it gave the youth an opportunity to share their experiences with an audience composed of ethnic media, community advocates and some members of the public.
We will have two panels of young Muslims to discuss their experiences of growing up Muslim as well as the survey’s creators Dr. Hatem Bazian and Mr. Farid Senzai, who will summarize the findings.
We will have two panels centered around two themes. The themes are:
– PANEL I: Islam in the Lives of Young Muslims
– PANEL II: The Challenges and Strengths of Muslim Identity