Check out this account from a previous member and now facilitator of Mentee Muslima!

As a former member of Mentee Muslima, I came out of the program last summer feeling empowered and strong. Now, after helping in facilitating each workshop, I came out of the program once again seeing other girls, like me, feeling empowered and strong too. 

Throughout the course of Mentee Muslima, we engaged in several discussions regarding our identities as young Muslim women in American society. Each and every one of these girls always had something interesting and new to discuss and bring to the table. I think that that is what I loved most about working with them. Regardless of our backgrounds, our economic status, our home situations – I saw that these girls were all able to connect and find common ground despite their differences. And seeing how much strength everyone gained on a weekly basis – not just physically, but mentally – was truly inspiring in and of itself. Recognizing the fact that we don't fall under the stereotypes that others put upon us and that we are indeed capable of protecting ourselves was perhaps one of the biggest lessons that I think was learned in our space. 

A sisterhood was formed in Mentee Muslima this year that was unlike any other. Whether it was the countless jokes we had with each other, staying late at JMC just to talk about life, or watching everyone struggle to come up with their highs and lows every week – I enjoyed every bit of it, and would definitely want to do this all over again.

As a former member of Mentee Muslima, I came out of the program last summer feeling empowered and strong. Now, after helping in facilitating each workshop, I came out of the program once again seeing other girls, like me, feeling empowered and strong too. 

Throughout the course of Mentee Muslima, we engaged in several discussions regarding our identities as young Muslim women in American society. Each and every one of these girls always had something interesting and new to discuss and bring to the table. I think that that is what I loved most about working with them. Regardless of our backgrounds, our economic status, our home situations – I saw that these girls were all able to connect and find common ground despite their differences. And seeing how much strength everyone gained on a weekly basis – not just physically, but mentally – was truly inspiring in and of itself. Recognizing the fact that we don't fall under the stereotypes that others put upon us and that we are indeed capable of protecting ourselves was perhaps one of the biggest lessons that I think was learned in our space. 

A sisterhood was formed in Mentee Muslima this year that was unlike any other. Whether it was the countless jokes we had with each other, staying late at JMC just to talk about life, or watching everyone struggle to come up with their highs and lows every week – I enjoyed every bit of it, and would definitely want to do this all over again.