Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center Community Outreach

Dar Al Hijrah Outreach Collaborates With Local Youth

Posted on: July 25, 2008

For Immediate Release July 24, 2008

Media Contacts: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of Outreach, Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, Phone: 202-345-5233 or Email: Imam.Johari@gmail.com or Susan Lydick, Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. Phone: 703-328-4421 Email: Susan.Lydick@fairfaxcounty.gov

Falls Church, VAThe Culmore Community Youth Collaborative (CCYC) will hold a fundraising and community outreach event Thursday July 31 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Suite 100, First Floor, Region 2 Human Services Building at 6245 Leesburg Pike Falls Church 22041.

The CCYC is a collaborative of community stakeholders working together to share ideas, expertise, and resources to meet the needs of youth and resolve issues this population faces in the Culmore Community of Falls Church.

The purpose of the CCYC event on July 31st is to raise funds and recruit volunteers needed to continue providing supervised academic and social support for middle and high school students in the Culmore community while they are out of school due to suspension. Such a program has operated in Culmore for the past two years with federal funding through the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. Funding ended June 30, 2008.

The CCYC has made saving Culmore support on suspension (SOS) a top priority. The CCYC identified saving SOS as a critical need after hearing police testimony that youth enrollment in Culmore SOS has prevented youth crime, school principal report that Culmore SOS has kept students up on their academic work and reduced the risk of school drop out, and parent and youth feedback that the supervised support they received while on suspension was critical to helping the student return to school.

Carmen Fernandez, Executive Director, for Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect (HACAN) is a member of the leadership committee and has this to say about the effort, “Young people in Culmore who are having the kinds of problems that get them suspended from school are already having a very difficult time and their families are under great stress. If we lose the Culmore SOS program the situation will get much worse.”

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is spearheading the effort with support and technical assistance form the Fairfax Partnership for Youth.

For more information about FPY visit www.fairfaxyouth.org. For more information about Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center visit www.daralhijarh.net.

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