Why We're Launching This Publication?
Sound Vision's mission is "Helping Tomorrow's Muslims Today" and to fulfill this mission we have produced countless multimedia products. We are launching this new online newsletter that is focused on providing guidance and resources to teachers of Muslim children and youth.
Our audience includes educators in full-time Muslim schools, weekend and after school Islamic studies programs, public schools, as well as homeschooling parents. We hope to empower Muslim educators and teachers, who are one of the main stakeholders in the development of Muslim youth, with essential tools and ideas on regular basis.
Young Muslims today face tremendous pressures. These pressures arise from a variety of sources: adjusting to a culture different from their parents' culture, living and working in environments often hostile to Islamic values, facing outright prejudice that results from the constant negative portrayal of Muslims in the media.
These pressures can be clearly traced in statistics that have recently been gathered in New York City:
These pressures can have dire consequences for Muslim youth: many conceal their Islamic identities, some youth have left Islam entirely, 16% consume alcohol & 24% smoke, and in urban settings some have joined gangs.
Our newsletter will strive to give educators some tools with which to prepare Muslim youth to deal with these pressures. The goals of the Muslim Teacher Newsletter are as follows:
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