The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) builds human capital and leadership potential among American Muslims. The Institute believes that a healthy democracy is defined by the participation of all its citizens working in concert— and sometimes in contention—to affect the processes that impact their daily lives. The Institute envisions a new generation of Muslim leaders who are able to fully engage co-religionists, constituents, and fellow citizens in the work of building better communities for all.
AMCLI emerged in 2006 to address an ongoing crisis of leadership within Muslim communities. The new generation of Muslim civic leaders is being asked to lead, but they are not provided with the tools necessary for effective leadership. Without empowered leadership, Muslim organizations continue to struggle to address community needs, and sufficient trust is not being built between Muslim organizations. Therefore, Muslims in America, now more than ever, are increasingly isolated from each other, and from regional/national campaigns and domestic and foreign policy discussions where Muslim voices are vital.
During the nine-month program, fellows enhance skills, visibility, and networks to help their communities move from the margins to the mainstream through civic engagement. AMCLI identifies leaders who share this commitment to a vibrant pluralistic public square and provides practical training, community building opportunities, and resources. The Institute aims to empower emerging American Muslim civic leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 to help their communities engage in effective civic participation.