The Junior Youth Group provides students ages 11 to 14 with strategies to increase their faith and draw inspiration from a supportive group of friends through an Islamic enrichment program focusing on team building, developing knowledge and encouraging discussion:
When & Where
The JYG meets on Sundays from September to May on the 2nd floor of the Islamic Center, with two sessions:
- 10 to 11:30 a.m. dedicated to discussion topics
- Noon to 1 p.m. dedicated to Arabic and Quran
For more information about the program please contact the JYG coordinator, Salma Zarook, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: A $50 commitment fee requested at the time of enrollment.
Our JYG Team
Salma Zarook, JYG Coordinator
Salma is an enthusiastic community leader who moved to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Australia, where she was born and raised. She recently received a bachelor’s in Creative Writing in Melbourne. Salma has been involved in many community programs, including teaching at a Sunday School, being an MSA (Muslim Student Association) leader and an active participant of various spiritual groups and interfaith networks. She loves learning about Islamic history and spends much of her time reading and writing in hopes of publishing a book. Salma currently teaches at New Horizon School.
Maryam Qudrat Ph.D., JYG Coordinator & Curriculum Director
Maryam founded the Muslim Student Association at Cleveland High School. After earning a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, Maryam became a lecturer and has more than 10 years of experience at California State University, Long Beach. Additional teaching experience includes five years with the Islamic Center Sunday School program. Maryam has produced youth-focused shows on an Islamic cable TV show produced by the Islamic Center, and she’s written a book on the Muslim-American identity following the events of 9/11.
Henda Ibrahim, Arabic Instructor
Henda leads the JYG’s specialized Arabic instruction.