It is past due that Muslims here in America [Minnesota in particular] start to concentrate and plan for the future. The youth today are the future leaders of our community, and should be the focus of our future planning. It is imperative for the community to invest ample energy, resources and money to encourage and provide the youth with all the necessary skills needed to become exemplary human beings and representatives of this noble tradition. Therefore, with the guidance of GOD Almighty, we have established the first ever scholarship exclusively for Minnesota Youth.
"This organization’s commitment and dedication towards Education is what inspired me to join MYLA. This and the dream behind the creation of this organization, the talent of the youth that apply for scholarships each year, and the sheer dedication of the board members is what makes me want to take MYLA to the next level."
MYLA Board Tasks Include: Overseeing all operations of the Board, convening meetings, following up on tasks, ensuring Board Members are motivated and supported, meeting deadlines, instituting efficiencies to better fund, expand, and strengthen MYLA.
“I have always had an urge to support the local community, and this was supported by MYLA, which provided me with a scholarship that helped my education possible. I think very highly of MYLA. It is a unique organization that offers a lot of cultural diversity.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: coordinator of the entire time-intensive MYLA scholarship process from start to finish, including outreach, applications, review, awards, and networking with mentors.
“MYLA is a unique organization in that they not only provide scholarships, but also form relationships with students and provide the tools and resources for those students to become future community leaders. There is a major need for MYLA in the Muslim community, from providing interest free loans to helping low-income students, there is so much we have yet to achieve.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: logistics for events, workshops, fundraisers, and award ceremonies; coordinate event timelines ensuring deadlines are met; compose meeting notes and reports; respond and connect to scholarship applicants, recipients and donors via regular correspondence, e-mail and social media (SnapChat).
“I was inspired to join MYLA as it was started by a few active members of the local Minnesota Muslim community, run by and sustained by the local community. The enthusiasm, drive, and dedication of my fellow board members inspires me to push myself so we can realize the further potential and opportunities that lay ahead for MYLA.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: monitoring and growing revenues, overseeing all financial reporting, donor transactions, award letters, scholarship payments, taxes, reimbursements, and payments.
“I am passionate about helping students fund their education along with becoming future leaders in society. MYLA has helped the community in many ways, and yet has potential to make a much greater impact on many more students.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: Manage MYLA Endowment Fund, including soliciting donations, overseeing deposits, payments, and growing the Endowment Fund, and supporting the electronic scholarship application process.
“I believe we must be selfless in our commitment to our youth to see them succeed in all facets of life and society. I continue the work of MYLA to reach multiple communities to offer our vision, service and expertise to cultivate a cohesive and productive society.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: promoting and increasing awareness of MYLA by creating and managing mailings, flyers, brochures, branding strategies, and other printed and electronic material, and managing publicity of events and activities.
“I had been volunteering in mosques, Muslim Student Associations, and other non-profits when I discovered MYLA through its reputation in the community. I loved that folks realized right away that I could help them with their website, and I could be part of how everyone is committed to making MYLA better everyday.”
MYLA Board Tasks Include: update and enhance website, create and solicit copy, maintain infrastructure, and integrate other software and social media with website.