God says in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims (followers of Islam), “Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Quran 13:11). It was this verse that inspired several young professionals in Detroit to create the Detroit Minds and Hearts Fellowship.
Change doesn’t come easy. But it starts with our youth. The Detroit Minds and Hearts fellowship is a youth-empowerment program delivered by MAS (Muslim American Society) Youth Detroit. We aim to Recognize the potential of our youth, Refine their skills and Retain their drive toward social justice. Skill-building is great, but those skills are worthless if they’re never put to use. Our program is unique because during the fellowship, the youth learn about cross-cultural and cross-generational leaders for social justice and develop critical thinking skills to be able to take the lessons from these leaders to the streets by identifying problems in their local communities and launching action-plans to address them. The fellowship will also grant the fellows a scholarship to use towards their college education or their community initiative.
Click here to watch the video documenting our inaugural launch. We are currently 10 weeks into the Fellowship and updates to follow.
“Today, I will risk making a change by standing for what I believe in. Today, I will stop only dreaming and start taking action…God willing” – 2011 DMH Fellow