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Amal Ali

Amal Ali completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago where she conducted original and empirical research on the acculturative experiences of Muslim American youth. Amal is currently the Director of Youth and Community Building Initiatives at ZF where she designs service-learning opportunities that inspire, educate, and mobilize students around human rights and social causes in the U.S. and in underdeveloped countries abroad. Amal also administers community building programs at ZF with a focus on family health and connectivity, and youth counselor trainings. For five years, Amal served as the Youth Development Director at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) where she facilitated a constituent-lead effort for nurturing local youth development by training teachers, mentors and youth with an emphasis on service learning, civic engagement, peace education, and interfaith collaboration. Amal has over 15 years of youth development experience and has played a leading role in designing and executing transformational programs from teen leadership excursions to student activism on university campuses across the Midwest.