Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Travel to Indonesia this Summer!

Travel to Indonesia this Summer!
Legacy International, in partnership with the US State Department, is sponsoring a program to promote environmental action – the Indonesian–US Youth Leadership Exchange. Five American youth will be selected to travel to Indonesia for three weeks in July 2012 to gain more knowledge and skills in the fields of environmental conservation, leadership, and cross-cultural education. We are seeking young people who are between the ages of 15 and 18 who are interested in environmental/global issues and travel and have demonstrated leadership abilities. An application and detailed program information on this unique and exciting opportunity can be found here. Also, see the attachment document for program description.

The deadline for applying to this program is February 1st, so apply now!

A brief description of the program:
Part 1– Residential training program at Legacy's Global Youth Village in June (June 24-July 3) to include cross cultural training with Indonesian peers.

Part 2–Travel to Indonesia to study environmental issues, their government and culture (July 3-July 25).

Part 3– Conduct follow-on projects at home and school (project reports due in December 2012).

The program is FREE OF CHARGE and fully sponsored by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The application deadline is February 1, 2012.

Legacy International is a non-profit educational organization based in Virginia. We have over 33 years of experience offering educational exchange experiences.

For more information, contact:

Innocentia Afa
Legacy International Global Youth Village Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 540.871.0882
Fax: 540.297.1860

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The National Council Fellowships: Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

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Special Opportunity for Students:

The National Council Fellowships:
Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

May 28 - August 3, 2012

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

 *   Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
 *   Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.
 *   Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.



The National Council's Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice weekly evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and free wheeling question and answer sessions. Our goals are: (1) to provide a realistic Washington, D.C. work experience that will pave the way to career development; (2) to provide interns with first-hand experience behind-the-scenes of the foreign policy analysis and advocacy process in Washington, D.C.; (3) to provide a strong academic component dealing with U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region; (4) to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and, (5) to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations as well as to provide counseling on the graduate school and fellowship application processes.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C. This allows students not only to experience living and working in the city but also encourages them to appreciate the cultural diversity of the urban environment and the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the Nation's Capital.


A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.


Interested undergraduate or graduate students should send a letter of interest (1-2 pages) to the National Council office by mail or e-mail. This letter should provide basic information about yourself, your interests, previous course work related to politics, economics, foreign policy, and the Middle East, and some indication of the type of internship that would most interest you. Further, please indicate ways in which you might use this experience in further education, such as starting a Model Arab League team<>. Please recognize that this letter of interest is a vital part of the application and serves as the National Councils introduction to the potential intern. It deserves significant time and attention and should not be a cursory addition to your completed application packet.

In addition, the National Council asks that you submit:

1) A double-spaced essay (no more than 2 pages in length) on the topic:
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Arab World: Successes, Failures, and Future Prospects;
2) A resume or curriculum vitae;
3) Transcripts of all university-level work;
4) Two letters or recommendation, at least one of them from a faculty member who knows your work well;
5) A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at<>]; and
6) $125 non-refundable program fee.

Special preference will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Councils Model Arab League program, but this is not a requirement for selection as an intern.


All materials should be submitted by mail to the National Council's office by March 12, 2012. Application materials may be submitted as e-mail attachments but hard copies of all documents with original signatures should also be submitted by mail or delivery service. Applications submitted after the March 12 deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.


Nearly 230 students have participated in this program to date. Some have joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Several work as staff to Members of Congress or congressional committees dealing with matters of foreign policy. Many have proceeded to graduate school to obtain their masters degrees or doctorates in international relations with an emphasis on the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. Some have been employed by the National Council and other non-governmental organizations. Still others have become professional foreign affairs journalists. These are just a few of the opportunities that program alumni have encountered.


Chairman: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founder and President, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; and consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense (since 1973 and 1974, respectively)

Coordinator: Ms. Megan Geissler, Director of Student Programs, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations


Estimated cost for ten-weeks of student housing in Washington, D.C. is $2,000 - $2,500, not including meals and incidentals. Detailed information will be provided to assist interns in locating reasonably priced student housing at area universities or other student housing facilities. Many National Council interns choose to take advantage of the summer housing programs at George Washington University because of its central location and the large summer intern community that gathers there.


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1730 M St. NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC
Phone: 202-293-6466 | Fax: 202-293-7770

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The First Annual Islamic Finance Conference: East Coast

Can Islamic financial principles help prevent another global economic meltdown?
UMD's MSA and GBS present The First Annual Islamic Finance Conference: East Coast
Questions surrounding highly debated issues will be addressed and discussed at this full-day conference by well-qualified and respectable speakers. Visit for more information on the event.

Monday, January 23, 2012

We Have Moved

Alhamedellah we have moved our offices to a larger facility to support the growing training needs of our community. We are now located at 3290 Pine Orchard Ln, Suite A6, Ellicott City, Md 21042. Our new location is 2 miles west of our former office.

The new location provides four times the space of the former office and includes office space, classroom space and a student cafe area. We look forward to seeing you at our new location soon inshaa Allah.

ILIA Launches New Website for Mission Excellence

Alhamedellah to better serve our students and provide a diverse array of services that meet the needs of our students ILIA has recently launched a new website that provides information on:

  • Group Tutoring
  • Individual Tutoring
  • Home School Students Tutoring

Alhamedellah ILIA also now offers French and Arabic languages tutoring for students in Elementary and Middle School.

For more details about the various leadership-based tutoring offered please visit the new Mission Excellence website at http://

Muslim Interscholastic Tournament

Attention High School students:

MIST ,Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament, invites you to compete in a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops with other high school students from around the country to develop leadership,communication, and other creative skills in order to develop a strong Muslim identity.

DC Regional: March 30, 2012-April 1, 2012 at University of Maryland, College Park

For more information please visit:

Summer Jobs for Youth in DC

On Friday, January 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm, the application for the 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program will be open to District residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Applications can be accessed by visiting Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received by Friday, February 17, 2012 in order to be considered. Space is limited, so please encourage youth to apply early and comply with all posted deadlines.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2012 One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a locally-funded program administered by the Department of Employment Services' Office of Youth Programs. SYEP provides summer jobs and work readiness training to District youth between the ages 14-21.

Please spread the word - anyone needing assistance with the application or needing access to the Internet is encouraged to attend Midnight Madness -- the official SYEP application kick-off event. Midnight Madness will take place on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 3:15 pm until midnight at the DOES Headquarters located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE (adjacent to the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station on the Orange line). DOES staff will be on hand all night to assist youth and their families, and to answer any question

Friday, January 20, 2012

Various Scholarship

ILIA takes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information below, it is posted as-is, as received from third parties. If you find any inaccuracies please inform us by emailing info at

Law in Society Competition
Virginia State Bar

2012 High School Essay Contest Explores Legal Complications of Cyberbullying

What are the legal ramifications for schools when students are victims of cyber bullying? Do parents bear the responsibility for their child's behavior? What is the appropriate course of action?
Virginia high school students are invited to submit essays that address those issues, for a chance to win the Law in Society Competition, cosponsored by the Virginia State Bar's Communications Committee, and its Litigation Section. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2012.
All Virginia students aged 19 or younger and enrolled in grades 9–12 or a home-school equivalent are eligible to submit an essay that addresses the contest hypothetical on cyber bullying. The hypothetical is posted at
Essays are limited to 1,000 words, and are judged on how well they demonstrate the student’s understanding of the role and value of the legal system in everyday life. Entries will be judged by attorneys, judges, and educators. The purpose of the contest is to awaken an interest in law and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution.
The first place winner will receive $2,300 cash and their winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 cash (second place), $1,350 cash (third place), and honorable mentions of $250 cash. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in May at the winners’ schools.
More information, including contest rules and last year’s winning essay, is posted at
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. 
National Science foundation.


Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  February 27, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline Date:  March 26, 2012
"Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest
Provided by : Church Hill Classics
Award: $1000
Deadline: March 06, 2012
The "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest is open to full - time undergraduate and graduate students attending a U.S. college or university for the 2012 - 2013 academic year. To enter, you must submit an original creation with one image, in a digital JPEG image format, that expresses what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after college. Some example entry piece ideas are: photograph, short typed explanation, collage, drawing, graphic design piece, painting, or anything you can create within one image. Your entry must be your own work and must follow the theme: This is how I "Frame My Future."
WyzAnt College Scholarship
Provided by : WyzAnt Tutoring
Award: $5000
Deadline: April 01, 2012
The WyzAnt College Scholarship is available to students who plan to be enrolled in a four - year college or university sometime between August 1, 2012 and November 1, 2014. To be considered, you must write a maximum 300 - word essay about the most important lesson you have learned in your life. Finalist selection will be based on votes from your email and social media contacts.
The Science of Black Hair Forum
Scholarship Program
2012-2013 Scholarship Application
Award Amounts: Grand Prize - $1,000.00 (3 awards)
Deadline: June 1, 2012
The Science of Black Hair Forum is offering scholarships to young men and women of color who will be pursuing any form of study during the 2012-2013 school year. The Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College, Technical and Graduate School students.
Applicants must complete an application and write a reflective essay describing how their textured hair has affected various aspects of their lives from dating, to career choice, self esteem, family relationships, etc. NOTE: This scholarship essay competition is HIGHLY competitive. Quality is key. There will be many entries, so show us your best work! You may write about your hair memories, challenges, triumphs, and anything hair-related that has impacted your life in any way. Be creative! Funny, serious - we want to hear about it. Tell us your hair story!

Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship 2012

In addition to the $2,500 Green scholarship offered each year, we are pleased to announce our second annual $1,000 college scholarship, the Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship.
The goal of this award is to promote awareness around the importance of recycling. Just by visiting this page we hope we’ve impacted your life in a small way by making you more aware of the importance of recycling.
The scholarship is open to US residents who are college bound, who will begin college in 2012 or 2013, as well as any student currently enrolled in any accredited institution.
The application deadline for this scholarship has been extended to March 31, 2012.
Must be a US Resident currently enrolled in college or planning to attend college in 2012 or 2013
Explain how you "reduce, reuse, and recycle". Post a YouTube video, Tweet about it, or write about recycling on your Facebook wall.
2011-2012 Viral Video Scholarship Contest
Deadline March 31, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
High School Winner$1,500
College/University Winner$1,500
Public judging will begin as soon as the entry requirements are received by the Davis Law Group. Contestant videos will be displayed on a unique webpage on the Davis Law Group website. Public voting will consist of views, comments, likes, plus 1′s and tweets on the contestant’s unique webpage. Judging will end on May 1, 2012.
The winner will be announced on May 15, 2012 on the DLG website
Contestants will be separated into two groups based on their current education institution (high school or college) at the time of the entry submission. One (1) winner will be selected from each grouping.
Each winner will receive a scholarship, which can be used towards tuition at a recognized academic institution. The prize will be awarded as a check made payable to the institution.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

From Broken Hearts to Tranquil Nests

Who: Ages 16 - 22
How: 4-Session Online Interactive Seminar
When: 4 Saturdays starting Jan 28th, 2012
Where: Online, your computer
What: Dating, Engagement, Marriage and Related Topics
Register here:

Alhamedellah available online in an interactive and live format from the comfort and privacy of your home !

Session 1: 8pm - 9:30pm EDT
Concept and Significance of Marriage (Ayman Nassar) 
Session 2: 8pm - 9:30pm EDT
Engagement Fiqh (Aamir Sheikh) 2
Session 3: 8pm - 9:30pm EDT
Marriage Fiqh (Hussein Afeefy)
Session 4: 8pm - 9:30pm EDT
Topics Impacting Marriage: Dating, Intimate Relations, Masturbation, Homosexuality, Pornography (Ayman Nassar and Ahmed Hamdy) 
Why Attend?
  • Understand the proper perspective of issues related to marriage
  • No barriers to questions
  • Develop leadership skills as a young man in the society
  • Understand what is halal, haram, recommended, permissible and disliked as related to gender relations
  • Learn how to deal with temptations and negative behavior related to gender relations and sexuality
  • Understand Islam's perspective on sexuality
  • Class is setup online with the ability to be annonymous
  • Class is setup to provide minimal instruction and allow for questions most of the time
  • Registered students are eligible for free consultation after class
  • Interactive discussion

Who Should Attend?
  • Brothers ages 16 - 22
  • Must have completed 16 years of age by 2/1/2012
  • How to propose to a sister
  • How much should the dowry be
  • How intimate can one be with the wife
  • Which intimate positions are allowed and which are not
  • The position of Islam on masturbation
  • Getting off of pornography
  • Dealing with same-gender attraction
  • Advising friends and others in the community
  • Dating 
  • What is permissible during engagement
  • Dealing with parent's refusal to get married
  • How to meet spouse if dating is not allowed
  • Marrying more than one wife
  • How to deal with feelings about love
  • What does the Quran say about love
  • Ideal age to get married
  • Medical impact of maturbation
  • and much more inshaa Allah ...

Common Questions
  • Can I be anonymous on the online class? Yes
  • Can we ask questions while in class? Yes, you can ask questions and use chat features
  • Do we get ILIA educational units for attending this class? Yes, students who score 80% or higher receive (1) ILIA Educational Unit and certificate of completion.
  • Is there financial aid available? Yes, for eligible applicants: Complete form and email prior to registration for a discount code.

Hussein Afeefy
Former chairman of Islamic Center of Maryland. He offered many lectures on Islamic Finance and other Islamic topics. He provides family and individual counseling. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Virginia. He can be reached at or 240.715.2230
Aamir Sheikh
Dr. Aamir Sheikh began his Islamic studies at the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Fairfax, VA in 1997 and has been a student of knowledge since.He has studied in Jordan, Syria, and Morocco and has obtained ijazaat (licenses) in numerous Islamic subjects including Islamic Creed and Belief, Hadith Sciences, and Prophetic Hadith from numerous scholars throughout the world. Dr. Sheikh has conducted short courses and classes for over 13 years throughout the US, and continues to conduct Islamic studies short courses in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In addition to his Islamic training, Dr. Sheikh received a Master's degree in Education and a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Maryland. Currently, he teaches at the College of Dentistry, Howard University and resides with his wife and 5 children in Catonsville, MD.

Ayman Nassar
Founder of Islamic Leadership Institute of America, a leadership education and development institute serving youth, families and organizations. Among his activities is coaching and mentoring youth. He holds two Master degrees in Engineering Mgmt, Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering and several certifications in leadership and management. He has held many counseling sessions with married couples and youth over the past decade. He can be reached at ayman@islamicleadership.orgor 443.538.4121

Ahmed Hamdy
Dr. Hamdy has practiced medicine in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, a young medical professional in the field of pediatrics. He has a passion for youth development and brings years of experience dealing with thousands of young people as a medical professional over the past decade.
Please note you must be 16 in order to attend this class. Random auditing and checking is possible, failure to report the truthful age could result in dismissal of future ILIA programs. If you are under 16 and wish to attend this class, we will require your parent or guardian to email us at
ILIA prohibits  discrimination  against  any  member  of  the Islamic Leadership Institute community on  the  basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. ILIA will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with Islamic Shariyah and applicable  federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.
For more information about the Islamic Leadership Institute of America email us at
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