"MYNA Responding to the Call" - National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge: Concept Paper

Organizations involved: Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA)

MYNA is answering President Obama’s call for a “Day of Service and Remembrance” by galvanizing youth aged 12-18 from all across the nation to plan and execute community service projects aimed at benefitting communities from coast to coast.

Oftentimes, 9/11 passes us by with a mere flurry of Facebook status commemorating the deceased, a stream of ‘tweets’ in remembrance of those who have fallen, and a circulation of the familiar, sobering images and scenes from almost a decade ago strewn across our television screens. We move forward in time; we carry the emotions of grief and anguish…but we move on. Our emotions often fail to catalyze and translate into a positive and tangible impact.

In commemoration of those who lost their lives on that tragic day, in honor of those who have sacrificed their time, their resources, their energies, and their health in order to selflessly respond to an earlier call to service, MYNA is determined to begin the process of translating the wave of emotions we are bound to feel, into tangible and positive contributions to local communities across the nation. From Chicago, to D.C., from Dallas, to Louisville, MYNA youth will be conducting unique service projects to give back and strengthen the very communities from which they have so immensely benefitted from and received. For example, a group of young people in the Virginia/D.C area will be hosting a community talent show on 9/11’s 10th anniversary with the goal of raising funds for a local charity. A young group from the Chicago area is scheduled to bus dozens of volunteers from various communities in the region to spend time serving food at a Southside soup kitchen. Another group native to the state of Kentucky is organizing a local canned food-drive the day of the 10th anniversary. Many more projects are being planned and brainstormed as of current.

All in all, approximately 50 volunteers or more, all between the ages of 12-18, are expected to take part in MYNA’s national campaign to answer the call for a “Day of Service and Remembrance.” As an organization, MYNA considers itself a “movement”- a group of youth activists who have translate emotion into motion, passion into positive impacts. The 10th anniversary, for many youth our age, marks, not just a national tragedy, but the moment we as a generation were forever changed and called to serve in our own way. This year, this 10th anniversary, we aspire to deliver benefit and contribution as we remember those who we have lost.