About Our Partner

Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to serving and educating the American Muslim community of the Washington metropolitan area, by promoting Islamic principles (such as self-development, community service, and social justice), through relevant programming and projects.

About Our Project

Shout Mouse Press is partnering with Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) to produce a collection of creative responses about being young and Muslim in today's America. The book, inspired by their observations and experiences, will confront anti-Muslim discrimination and explore multiple perspectives of American Muslims. A lead story coach on this project will be award-winning novelist Hena Khan.

This is an exciting opportunity to further the mission of both SMP and NWMI, as we aim to produce a collaborative book project by Muslim youth that builds connections across difference, increases understanding of unheard perspectives, and creates more inclusive communities through youth-led peer engagement.

We would like to thank the Donors InVesting in Arts Fund at the Greater Washington Community Foundation for generously supporting this project.