How We Serve: AAMO carries out its mission through the following:
Afghan American Muslim Outreach (AAMO) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-political grassroots organization established in October of 2006 to serve the Afghan community through social activism, fostering an Afghan American Muslim identity, and empower future generations and newly arrived Afghans immigrants with the tools and means to enhance their education and skills, and to pursue higher education to better serve their communities with confidence and higher skills.
Conferences and Seminars
In the past 17 years, AAMO has successfully organized dozens of conferences and educational seminars (see our history) in both southern and northern California. At these events, well-known scholars and experts were invited to address some of the most relevant and contemporary issues such as preserving Islamic identities in the west, marriage – a lifetime journey, faith in action, spiritual preparation for Ramadan, living in the west and how to deal with its challenges, family in Islam, 9 steps to Achieve Your Destiny, growing up as Muslim in America, and more. All conferences were conducted in Dari / Pashto and English languages to cater both to the youth and their parents. AAMO empowers the youth to become leaders through providing them with the opportunity to create, organize and lead a variety of different programs that benefit and educate the Afghan-American Muslim community. Board members of AAMO work closely with the youth in order to help them develop their leadership skills. These practical experiences provide an opportunity to the youth to become strong leaders and effective communicators. Alhamdullilah, AAMO takes pride in many of today’s young and energetic leaders who are serving selflessly in the leadership of various mosques and many Islamic organizations. AAMO's advisers are some of the most influential Afghan-Muslim scholars and leaders of our community.
AAMO since its inception involved ordinary people into activism. AAMO made a commitment to the community that it will empower the youth and activists to unite and make real changes to their lives regardless of its gender, language, or age.
Community and government Outreach
AAMO has always strived to make coalition and bring the community organizations closer to work on common causes and build bridges. Recently AAMO played a big role in providing support in partnership with various community organizations to the newly arrive Afghan refugees. AAMO is a proud co-founder of ANSAR (American Network of Services for Afghan Refugees) of SoCal.
AAMO's research committee is determined to offer a variety of publications addressing the needs of Afghans and Muslims living in western countries. Most of our conferences had informative booklets related to the theme of the conference, books such as Du’aa book, Hajj and Umrah, Enhancing Security and Social Relations of Masajid, Orientation manuals for newly arrived Afghans in Dari and Pashto, Understanding the Basics of Mental Health in Dari and Pashto and many more.
AAMO conducts specific workshops with highly trained experts for both the youth and adults to advance skills necessary to deal with challenges they face daily. These workshops have provided guidance, counseling, and will nurture their spiritual, educational & professional growth. With the recent migration of Afghan refugees, AAMO provide hands-on workshops to enhance their knowledge about the culture and way of living in the west and guide them and their children through mentorship and self-reliance training
In 2018, AAMO launched scholarship program to invest on potential scholars and leaders of tomorrow by providing them the financial assistance they need; scholarships can help overcome the barriers that prevent these students from pursuing their dream of attaining their educational goals.
AAMO Fatiha Announcement Service:
AAMO will start an online service that will announce the Fatiha and funeral of all Afghan-American Muslims. These services are available through an easy subscription to our website.
Our Board of Directors
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AAMO Non-Discrimination Policy
AAMO promotes an equal opportunities policy. AAMO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of any applicable protected classification including, but not limited to, race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), and disability. These activities and operations include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, advertising, and the provision of related services. AAMO is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, volunteers, vendors, applicants, and scholarship recipients.