This year's annual MYG Ski Trip was an amazing experience. There was so much snow! Even though our departure from L.A. was delayed due to the rainstorm, the beauty and majesty of the snow-covered trees and mountains upon our arrival made it worth the wait.
Each participant hopped off the buses with excitement, and we embarked on an impactful weekend. Approximately seventy teens made new friends, (played in and) appreciated the snow, participated in hikes, spiritual talks, glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, and bonded this past weekend.
As the new ICSC Youth Coordinator, this was my first experience facilitating the Ski Trip. I had no idea what to expect. The youth impressed me with their abilities: to ski, to snowboard, to adapt with grace when things didn't go as planned, to help each other when their bunk mates didn't have something they needed, or got a little sick, to push themselves outside of their own comfort zones and, to be honest, open, and vulnerable with each other.
Several of the youth came to me privately and told me how much the trip and mentorship positively impacted them. The feeling was mutual. I have so much love and hope for our young Muslim community. I am honored to have the responsibility as Youth Coordinator and am optimistic to say that, God willing, based upon this past weekend's experience, the youth and I are going to do great things together.