By Sameera Ahmed and Maha Ezzeddine

American Muslim youth struggle with a flux of developmental, social, cultural, and religious factors that can propel them toward negative attitudes and behavior that impede their development. This paper explores the challenges identified by American Muslim youth, namely the lack of support experienced, issues of identity ad acculturation, difficulties maintaining religious beliefs, and struggle with gender relations. The Positive Youth Development (PYD) model is explored within the context of American Muslim youth. Finally, recommendations are provided to government and community agencies, educational institutions, youth organizations, and the Muslim religious community, in order to better meet the needs of American Muslim youth and promote their positive development.

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Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Muslim Youth
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