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Introducing the first event in the “MCC Real Talks,” a new monthly series where we aim to have a frank discussion about the real issues that we see our community members struggle with daily. Each session is geared to parents, high schoolers, or college students or a combination of these cohorts. 

This first session is geared towards middle and high school students and their parents.

Today’s high school environment is the most intense and stressful it has ever been in history. Students have to cope with all types of pressures: from 13 year olds having intimate relationships to 14 year olds using juule pens and vapes, to many operating a secret Instagram account to post revealing images to avoid being seen by their family.

Most parents think “my kid will never slip,” only to never realize the impact of this toxic environment on a student’s emotional and spiritual health until it’s too late. This impacts a student’s deen, self-image, stress levels, academics and most importantly – their spiritual heart.

Join Sidi Shahryar Abbasi for an open and real conversation about what is actually going on and what you can do as a student to combat this situation and as a parent to be prepared.

We will cover:

  • Relationships and sex in our Muslim high school community
  • Usage of vape pens, Jules, weed and other drugs
  • Social media and the impact on self confidence
  • Revealing clothing and how its more widespread than you’d expect
  • Academic pressure, stress and the impact on mental health
  • Why a good parent/child relationship is so crucial in high school

This talk is geared towards our middle and high school students and their parents. We do not recommend bringing young children (under the age of 12) to this event.

8:30 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. (Maghrib to Isha) | Friday, July 19 | Conference Room

Learn about the speaker here.

The MCC Real Talks series is overseen by MCC’s Youth Director Shaykh Rami Nsour, who holds monthly spiritual counseling sessions with our youth at the MCC and hears about their struggles.

For East Bay youth seeking spiritual counseling at the MCC,  please visit here to schedule a 30-minute phone call with MCC Youth Director Shaykh Rami Nsour.

Teen help lines recommended by MCC Youth Director Shaykh Rami:

If you need professional counseling at the MCC: http://www.mcceastbay.org/counseling

This talk will be recorded and livestreamed at mcceastbay.org/livestream

Join us for dinner! Dinner boxes for sale at MCC starting at 6:30 p.m.

This event will be preceded by an insightful talk about the Hajj and the City of Mecca by Writer Michael Wolfe.

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org