Reaching a stalemate, Noor and the other committee members pause and look to Emad Hamdeh, the convention committee CEO.
The meeting is only two hours long, and Hamdeh
knows there are still several other things to discuss.
Emad Hamdeh, the youth director of New Jersey's Islamic Center of Passaic Country, first proposed the idea in March 2011 as a way to provide Tri-state youth with a challenging project of their own.
Inspired by ICNA, ISNA, and other conventions, he
understood that organizing an event of this magnitude would require community members who exhibited commitment, responsibility, and, most importantly, concern for the Muslim ummah to take on the task.
stresses the significance of IamY
as an entirely youth-organized endeavor.
When asked about his
motive behind spear-heading IamY
answered, "It's time that the youth take the initiative and lead the community.
This convention is an outlet for the youth to have their issues highlighted, as they see fit.
Most conventions have separate parallel programs for youth, while others attend the regular convention.
seeks to bridge the gap
and have the entire community and family focus on important issues youth face.
The youth have a lot of energy, creativity, and zeal.
I decided to channel that to create a project that will have a positive outcome.
True to his
leaves much of the decision-making for the convention in the hands of those less than the age of 25.