Nov 20, 2019

Sharing Stories, Building Community

As 2019 draws to a close, MALA is finishing up a year of tremendous growth and expansion.  At the forefront of this growth is the Muslim American Journeys project, which has increased by nearly 20 percent this year, to include even more stories of Muslim American triumphs, struggles, and journeys across the United States.  

The reach of the Journeys project is growing at a national level: in October, MALA leadership was invited to present on MALA's oral history project at the Annual meeting of the Oral History Association for the second consecutive year, alongside representatives from the National Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project, and others.

This month, MALA also opened applications for our annual scholarship program.  This program is open to all American residents over the age of 18 who are pursuing a higher education and who have a story to tell.  We are honored to assist aspiring young leaders access higher education, and are excited to read and share the incredible stories they submit. 

As Giving Tuesday approaches, we hope you will consider supporting the Muslim American Journeys project, to help MALA find, record, produce, and share more incredible stories of Muslims in the United States. 

Nov 14, 2019

MALA Opens Scholarship Application for 2019-2020!

As of today, MALA has officially opened applications for the 2019-2020 scholarship program.  The 2019-2020 application cycle will run from November 14th through March 1st, with final decisions being announced on April 1st. 

This is set to be our biggest year yet: After a successful season of unprecedented fundraising via grant-making and community networking, MALA is prepared to offer scholarships to an even larger group of driven and unique young leaders across the country.  As the MALA Scholarship program enters its third year, we look forward to hearing and the inspiring stories of America's youth as we continue this important tradition of learning, mentorship, and community empowerment.  

Even as academic choices expand, higher education remains the preeminent tool for empowering new generations of leaders and change-makers.  MALA remains committed to this mission, and will continue to be an ally and a safe place for emerging young leaders everywhere.  We invite you to join us in this journey, and to stand with us in supporting young people in the pursuit of a better world.  

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Aug 29, 2019

Expanding Our Oral Histories and Stories

This Summer, the Muslim American Journeys project continued to grow, and expand its reach to Muslim communities across the country.  To date, MALA has collected over 500 stories from a diverse array of Muslim Americans, including: entrepreneurs, community leaders, elected officials, artists, philanthropists, and creative minds from all disciplines.  

 

The Muslim American Journeys project offers a unique approach to oral history, which seeks to create a community resource of stories and lived experiences that is accessible and open to all.  In recognition of this, MALA has been invited to lead a panel at the annual conference of the prestigious Oral History Association centering on the importance of archiving Muslim American stories.
 
MALA is also expanding the Journeys project to new media forms.  This Fall, we will be releasing a mini-series of brief video stories focusing on Muslim artists in New York City.  Stay tuned for the release of this groundbreaking series, and be sure to check out the MALA website for new stories, community initiatives, and perspectives from America's diverse Muslim communities. Meanwhile, join us in Washington DC; Chicago; and NY for programs dedicated to spotlight our unique story-tellers and their incredible life journeys!
 
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