Monday, January 31, 2011

LGBT Muslim Retreat; Spaces Being Filled Fast. Limited Registration; Scholarships Available

LGBT Muslim Retreat * Philadelphia, PA

May 27-30, 2011 - Memorial Day Weekend

Theme: Al-Jama'ah (The Community)

"Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come."  
- Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi


Confirmed Speakers:  Imam Daayiee Abdullah (an openly gay Imam and scholar of Islam) and Dr. Siraj Scott Kugle (author of Islam & Homosexuality)

  Our retreat location:

§  Beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia; "an oasis for reflection with beautiful grounds"

§  On 20+ acres surrounded by trees, flowers and 1 mile woodchip trail

§  Private rooms with bed(s) and desk(s)

§  Delicious meals and refreshments (including vegetarian & vegan options)

§  Art studio, library & wi-fi access

     Available Rooms as of February 1, 2011:

§  1 single rooms - 1 space available (Male)

§  6 single rooms - 6 spaces available (Female)

§  1 shared room Option A - 2 single beds - 2 spaces available (Female)

§  1 shared room Option B - 1 double bed and 2 single beds - 3 spaces available (Female)

§  0 spaces available (Co-Ed Floor - Female & Male)

§  6 commuter / staying off-site spaces available

Registration Information:
Single Rooms - Retreat Accommodations & Meals: $250 plus Registration: $80  Total: $330 per person

Shared Rooms - Option A - 2 people per room - Retreat Accommodations & Meals:  $220; Registration: $80
                        Total: $300 per person

                        Option B - 3 or 4 people per room - Retreat Accommodations & Meals: $200; Registration: "
                        $80   Total: $280

Commuters & Those Staying Off-Site - Option 1:  Friday-Monday - Meals & Retreat: $85; Registration: $80   - Total: $165

                                                          Option 2: Saturday or Sunday only -Meals & Retreat; Total: $85


Limited Registrations / Scholarships Available

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grant for HIV/STI and Pregnancy Prevention Among Muslim Teens in US

More information available from Advocates for Youth


Dear Community Leader:
Advocates for Youth is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for community-based, Muslim youth-serving organizations and institutions. Advocates for Youth is a national organization dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 13-24 in the 33 states reporting to CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, representing about 14% of the persons diagnosed that year. Each year, there are approximately 19 million new STD infections, and almost half of them are among youth aged 15 to 24. In 2002, 12% of all pregnancies, or 757,000, occurred among adolescents aged 15-19. Even though public health programs have attempted to address the needs of many marginalized youth communities, the Muslim youth community continues to remain invisible. Muslims constitute a growing segment of the American society with significant percentage consisting of young people who are facing myriad challenges including an immigrant hostile environment, Islamophobia, and a general lack of understanding of what it means to be “Muslim” from the mainstream communities. To address the specific needs of Muslim youth around reproductive and sexual health, Advocates created the Muslim Youth Project. The Muslim Youth Project provides a forum for organizations working with Muslim youth to highlight their voices and bring their experiences to the fore-front.
Through the Muslim Youth Project, your organization may receive strategic capacity building assistance, including publications and materials; written and electronic correspondence; telephone consultations; on-site training; and/or a seed grant in the amount of $5,000 to implement an HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention project. Services offered through this initiative are tailored to fit the needs of your organization.
Please download the application materials for more information about this opportunity, including eligibility and criteria for selection. The application form and/or proposal are due by Feb 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST. Please e-mail and/or mail or fax applications to Urooj Arshad, Associate Director, Equity + Social Justice, Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036. Fax: (202) Please call to confirm the receipt of your application.
Working together, we believe that we can strengthen efforts to address the reproductive and sexual health needs of Muslim youth. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your organization to broaden and increase the positive impact we ALL can achieve in the lives of our youth. If you need further information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (202) 419-3420 or at


Urooj Arshad
Associate Director, Equity + Social Justice

Worlds AIDS Day in Muslim Countries