The application process is open for the Muslim Youth Council until Sunday, November 18th!
The youth of our community have come together to push forward a new initiative, a Youth Council of, by and for the Muslim youth of the Bay Area. The Council is to be focused on bringing a variety of programs to the youth community here at MCC.
Youth Council – Origins
On September 8th and 15th, a combined group of around 30 youth came together to discuss the details of a proposal that would evolve to become the Youth Council as it is today! It originally started only as an idea – an idea to increase the youth involvement at MCC, and it quickly has grown to something much larger.
To bring more programs directed towards the youth to the MCC.
Applications (General and Council Specific)
All applicants interested at all in helping the youth by either applying for a position or applying as a volunteer must fill out the General Application Form. The link can be found here. The deadline for the Application to be filled out is Sunday, November 18th. Applicants for the council must be between 13 and 23 years old.
All applicants interested in leadership positions in the council must attach a resume to the Application Form. This will be used to determine who will get interviewed. All of the necessary information can be found on the Application Form. The deadline for the Application to be filled with an attached resume is Sunday, November 18th.
After filling out the Application Form, and sending in a resume, a few select applicants will be chosen for interviews. Interviews may be held any day of the week. We will try to schedule interviews at a time that works for both the interviewers and the interviewees. We ask that applicants do their best to clear up their schedules and work with us in scheduling interviews. We will be scheduling the interviews for the whole month of December. We will ask the applicants to be flexible with their schedules during this month.
What is next?
After the interviews, those who are selected will receive an email from the Youth Council confirming their positions. Meetings will start in January 2019. This is definitely something to look forward to!
Positions Currently Offered
These are the descriptions of the positions we are offering:
Sports Tournaments Chair:
The Sports Tournaments Chairperson is responsible for creating and organizing sports tournaments for the youth. These sports teams can then play with other local clubs. Eventually, the Council will grow to such an extent that member chapters associated with the different Host Mosques will be able to play in seasonal tournaments.
Movie/Game Night Chair:
The Movie/Game Night Chairperson is responsible for bringing movie/game nights to the youth community.
The Qiyaam Chairperson is responsible for planning and executing Qiyaams for the youth community.
Mental Health Chair:
The Mental Health Chairperson will be responsible for bringing more mental health programs to the youth community. These include but are not limited to lectures, workshops, training and even open office hours with therapists.
Community Service Chair:
The Community Service chairperson has the responsibility of researching community service opportunities across the different fields and sharing them with the youth community.
The Marketing Chairperson is responsible for all of the outreach, which includes social media, emails, and other forms of communication with the youth and the community. They also have control over the social media accounts and will be responsible for promoting the Youth Council across all platforms.
Middle School Chair:
The Middle School Chairperson is responsible for all the programs specifically directed at middle schoolers. They find ways to promote the middle school youth’s interest in the Council and in the community at large.
The Huffaz Support Chairperson is responsible for programs specifically dedicated to the huffaz (those who have memorized the Quran), which would include organizing programs that would help them retain their memorization, helping to create avenues where they can further their education and coordinating with local Masajid to make sure the Huffaz can lead in Ramadan, among other programs.
Ramadan Activities Chair:
The Ramadan Activities Chairperson is responsible for all of the youth activities that happen during Ramadan. These include, but are not limited to, planning Qiyaams (with the Qiyaam Chairperson), encouraging youth attendance for Taraweeh, and more.
The Tutoring Chairperson is responsible for organizing tutoring sessions where youth of all ages can come help and receive help.
General Development Chair:
The General Development Chairperson is responsible for the development of all the other positions on the Council, as well as the Council itself. They will work with the other Chairpeople to u=improve each position and strive to make the Council more effective, efficient and inclusive.
Art Programs Chair:
The Are Classes Chairperson is responsible for initiating art programs for the youth community. This can happen is the form of classes, competitions and much more.
Islamic Education Chair:
The Islamic Education Chair is responsible for bringing programs aimed at religiously educating the youth community. These include but are not limited to lectures, workshops, training and even open office hours with resident scholars.
Q: If I am applying for a general position, to help out without necessarily being in the Council, do I get interviewed?
A: There are two ways to get involved – to be a volunteer or an actual part of the Council. If you only want to help out on the occasion, you will only complete the Google Form (it is quite straightforward) and that’s it! If you do want to be involved in the Council officially, you will need to do more, complete questions, attach resumes and come in for an interview.
Q: Who will the application be read by?
A: The applications will be read by the interviewers, a group of adults suggested by the youth to handle the application process.
Q: Who determines who will be interviewed?
A: Youth who attended the Focus Group suggested adults in the community that they felt would be the best judges of those who are fit for the council.
Q: How were the interviewers decided on?
A: Those who came to either of the Youth Focus Groups gave the names of adults in the community who they felt would be best for the responsibility.
Q: Who was at the Focus Group?
A: The Focus group was an event that happened in early September of this year. We advertised it as much as possible and had about 30 attendees over two weekends. It was at this focus group that we decided all the details regarding the council, including the interview process.
Q: How will the group be administered?
A: We have a structure to how the council will be administered, but the details will be determined by the first group who gets in.
Q: How long are the position on this council?
A: Those at the Youth Focus group suggested a one-year team, beginning in September and running effectively through July. August would be the transition month. Again, the final decision will be made by those who are first admitted.
Q: Do members need to run for re-election? If so, how often?
A: As mentioned above, positions will be open every year in August. Previous members are not guaranteed their seats and must apply again. This allows for new members of the Youth community to challenge a previous Youth Council member for their spot. Again, the first Youth Council will fully determine these details.
Q: How many openings are on the Youth Council?
A: There are currently only 15 positions open. We have 30 positions in total that we hope to open up as the years go by, but we decided to start off small and hopefully expand down the line.
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