The Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders (DREL) Fellowship is a year long program sponsored by Muslim Wellness Foundation which centers the challenges, strengths and well-being of Black Muslim Emerging adults (18-25 years old). It is built upon an understanding of self-awareness and critical self-reflection as invaluable components to cultivating resilience and leadership capacity. Additionally, this fellowship is grounded in the belief that building power and civic engagement cannot occur without healing and introspection. Therefore in this political moment young adults must acquire new skills related to racial trauma and healing, emotional intelligence, compassionate leadership and community organizing. This fellowship also offers mentoring opportunities to emerging Black Muslim young adults and on-going support through their racial healing and self-discovery process. We hope to nurture a cohort of emotionally intelligent social justice activists and leaders who will more assertively and constructively engage in spiritually grounded, justice oriented advocacy within the Muslim community. 

DREL Fellowship Program Components

Throughout this year long program, DREL Fellows are engaged in a series of learning opportunities, discussions and experiential activities which challenge them to think about who they are, who they are becoming and their role in improving their communities. The main highlights include:

  • Black Muslim Youth Rising - Two 3-day Intensive Leadership Retreats

  • Small Group Action Projects

  • Deeply Rooted Monthly Dialogues

Learn more about this exciting program! Download our program booklet!

DREL 2019-2020 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

The DREL Fellowship includes participation in a Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 3-day Intensive Leadership Retreat. Organizers, artists, and scholars will lead workshops designed to usher our Fellows on a journey of self-awareness and leadership building through experiential learning and team building exercises. On the first day of the retreat, attendees will participate in group activities designed to establishing trust, cohesion and healthy group dynamics. It will also focus on guided discussions on the psychological impact of oppression, trauma of racism, Islamophobia. The second day of the retreat will focus on emotionally intelligent leadership, including self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, networking and relationship building; consciousness of context, self and of others. The final day of the retreat will seek to integrate each fellows understanding of self and leadership capacity with strategies for community engagement and advocacy. Join us for a weekend of self-reflection, affirmation and community building!

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We invite you to submit an application for Muslim Wellness Foundation's Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders [DREL] Fellowship program. 

Program Eligibility: 

*Must be 18-25 years old

*Must identify as Black (Black African, Black American/Descendant of Enslaved Africans, Afro/Black Arab, Afro-Latinx, etc)

*Must identify as Muslim

*Must be available to attend 3 day Fall Leadership Retreat in StonyPoint, NY (Dec 6-8, 2019) and 3 day Spring Leadership Retreat, Location TBD (Apr/May 2020)

*Cost of lodging and meals for each Fellow will be covered by Muslim Wellness Foundation. Accepted Fellows are responsible for their own flight/travel to retreat location.

 

Questions about the Fellowship or Retreat?

Email: 

Aya Saed, DREL Fellowship Program Coordinator

aya@muslimwellness.com [Subject line: DREL Fellowship 2019-2020]

"I felt like I belonged. Every aspect of who I am was accepted and I felt loved for who I am. Being around black people was one aspect, being around those who shared my faith and ideals the second, and the fact that we were young and could relate with one another the third. Never before, not even at home, had I felt so wholly embraced."  ~2017 DREL Fellow

All applications must be submitted online via the link above, but download a pdf version of the application here.

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Kameelah Rashad, MS, MRP, MEd - DREL Program Director

Aya Saed, JD, MPA - DREL Program Coordinator

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DREL 2017-2018 Cohort with Facilitators. Read more about these Fellows here!

2017 - 2018 (l-r, top row): Tesay Yusuf, Malaz Mohamad, Seynabou Niang, Vanessa Taylor, Nabintou Doumbia, Ganiyat Balogun, Aisha Oshilaja | bottom row: Mamfatou Baldeh, Cesay Camara, Kameelah Rashad (Director), Maram Elnagheeb, Aya Saed (Coordinator)

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2017 - 2018 (l-r, top row): Anwar Johnson, Abdalla Ali | bottom row: Ousainue Touray, Mohamed Tall, Yaseen Ellison

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DREL 2018-2019 Cohort. Read more about these Fellows here!

2018-2019 (l-r): Khalafalla Osman, Muhamed Samateh, Muktaru Jalloh, Mohamud Mohamed, Anar Hussein, Magan Omar, Salahudeen Ali

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2018-2019 (l-r): Faduma Warsame, Nena Beecham, Kenya Shakir, Nadirah Pierra, Danya Abdelhameid, Yacine Fall, Sirad Hassan, Amena El-Amin

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