We live in an era where diverse communities are investing in organizing, lobbying, and deepening their civic engagement to ensure that their voices are heard. From Catholic universities, to Franciscan hospitals and Jewish community centers, the history of the United States is one where minorities have embodied their civic potential while strengthening the American social fabric. Today, Muslim Americans are making strides in joining this American tradition.
AMAL, or Advancing Muslim American Leadership, is a public service volunteer initiative that cultivates the civic potential of young Muslim Americans. AMAL supports and encourages young Muslim Americans to pursue careers in NGOs, national and local government, multilateral institutions, social enterprise, and the media. We believe that increasing Muslim American representation in public service will foster more inclusive policies and institutions, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Civic potential, as a value, is embodied in multiple ways across American society. It is based on mutual cooperation, respect for others, a commitment to the welfare of one’s communities, and is lived out through public service. A civic leader might build a community service organization, serve on the local school board of education, lobby representatives for policies to address community issues, organize voter education drives or run campaigns. Civic potential, fully realized, is only possible when individual citizens are equipped with the resources, models, and networks they need to serve their communities.
We envision an American landscape where young Muslims have the resources, models, and networks that will allow them to live out their full civic potential and serve their communities through vocations in public service.
In order to achieve this vision, young Muslims need:
Over the next two years AMAL will lay the groundwork for this social change. We will do this through the following:
By 2020, AMAL will ensure that every young Muslim in the country has the opportunity to explore their civic potential and embody civic engagement in their communities and future careers. AMAL will have established networks of young Muslim civic leaders in every city where Muslim communities are found across the United States of America.