Safe Space Summit — Building Bridges for Stronger Mentoring

By: Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA)
BALTIMORE - April 23, 2024 - PRLog -- A transformative movement is gaining momentum in Baltimore's youth development landscape. On April 3rd, 2024, Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA) joined a Safe Space Mentoring Roundtable, which brought together key figures to discuss the future of youth mentoring in the city.

This wasn't a typical conference. Forty key figures—leaders from nonprofits, city council, and dedicated youth development staff—came together with a revolutionary goal: to transform Baltimore's approach to youth mentoring.

The Summit's impact was undeniable. Councilmembers Mosby and Cohen set the stage with personal stories that underscored the importance of diverse mentors and active listening to young voices. These insights fueled discussions around "critical mentoring," a personalized, culturally sensitive approach that fosters safe spaces for youth.

The energy was infectious. Attendees representing 40 nonprofits shared successes, challenges, and a collective commitment to Baltimore's youth. This spirit of collaboration encouraged the exchange of best practices and the identification of areas for improvement.

But the Summit wasn't just about talk—it was about action. Inspired by the leadership and shared wisdom, attendees embraced a call to action. The Roundtable became a springboard for building a network of exceptional mentors, committed to empowering every young person in Baltimore.

This collaborative approach has the potential to revolutionize Baltimore's youth development landscape. ILIA, representing the vibrant Muslim youth community, is at the forefront of this movement. By fostering empathy, celebrating diversity, and amplifying youth voices, this network of mentors can empower Baltimore's youth to build a brighter future.

Baltimore is redefining youth mentoring through collaboration. Learn how you can be part of the change — visit ILIA's news at to learn more about upcoming events and contribute to a brighter future for our community's youth and their families.

About Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA): ILIA is a 501c(3) nonprofit, dedicated to youth development and leadership education across America. Our mission is to inspire and nurture youth leaders, empowering them to address community needs through experiential programs, self-initiated projects, and impactful contributions. Over the years we touched the lives of over 6,000+ youth from diverse backgrounds and partnered with 200+ organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. To learn more about ILIA, visit us at

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