My Voice, Our Future is a campaign about values.
My Voice, Our Future is a response to the divisions driving campuses and communities apart. Based around the journeys of young leaders from Africa and the Middle East, the campaign is centered on identity, courage and leadership. Through speaking engagements on university campuses and in communities, My Voice, Our Future amplifies these inspiring stories from the region to open new spaces for taking action together.
My Voice, Our Future Campaign Trailer
Highlights from the campaign and Founding Speakers from across the Middle East and Africa.
The Middle East and Africa region is prominent in media, politics and public discourse across the United States; yet we still don’t hear the voices of young people from the region. The My Voice, Our Future campaign seeks to amplify these unique voices both online and offline, uniting groups together over shared values that may otherwise be at odds. Through speaking engagements on university campuses and in communities, these young leaders inspire new perspectives, open channels of communication and exemplify engagement over exclusion. These speakers are catalysts for deeper dialogue on issues affecting us all. The campaign’s theory of change posits that by sharing personal experiences, the activists can inform, enrich and inspire.
Together, we can begin to reverse the currents of hate and division that threaten to drive us apart.
Who We Are
With a background in Jewish education and non-profit management, Stephanie Merkrebs serves as Associate Director of Campus Affairs & Special Projects for ADL’s New York / New Jersey region…
Melanie Robbins is the Deputy Director of ADL New York / New Jersey Region, working with diverse partners to build a culture of shared values and capacity to address common challenges. Prior to joining ADL, Melanie lived in Tel Aviv and served as Director of Development…
As partner organizations, AMEL and ADL have joined forces to combat escalating divisions and hate by fostering understanding, respect and engagement in and between our communities.
The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project
AMEL is a Washington DC-based non-profit organization founded in 2016. AMEL’s mission is to mobilize, empower, and unite millennial leaders and activists from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to build resilient, inclusive societies that are free from discrimination, persecution, and violent coercion, and to advocate for policies in support of these goals.
The Anti-Defamation League
ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
BECOME A CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR
2. Become A Campaign Ambassador: As an ambassador, your goal is to encourage diverse individuals, student groups and communities to come together and co-host a campaign event at a location of your choosing. The event will feature a My Voice, Our Future speaker and a member of the ADL and/or AMEL team to lead break-out sessions and interactive discussion. Ambassadors receive recognition for their leadership and will have insider access to new materials, resources and ‘swag’.
See the form below to sign up and get involved.
3. Grow the Movement: Use #MyVoiceOurFuture to share how your school or community is making an impact and help grow the movement for positive change.
4. Stay Involved: Hosting an AMEL speaker is just the beginning. The overall goal of the campaign is to inspire sustained engagements and concrete calls-to-action. ADL and AMEL can help you continue your leadership role as a campaign ambassador.
Q 1. What is My Voice, Our Future?
A 1. My Voice, Our Future is a campaign created by the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL) in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The campaign is designed to amplify the voices of the AMEL Speakers Bureau, a group of young activists from the Middle East and Africa who are determined to share their inspiring stories with diverse audiences. My Voice, Our Future is a campaign based on the values of interfaith dialogue, civil rights, and engaging with those who come from different backgrounds and perspectives. We aim to bring people together, to change hearts and minds, and to ultimately promote greater dialogue and collaboration in these increasingly contentious times.
Q 9. What happens after the event?
A 9. Hosting an AMEL Speaker is just the beginning. The overall goal of the My Voice, Our Future campaign is to inspire campus and community leaders to create a sustainable, concrete call-to-action plan for continued collaboration. As a Campaign Ambassador, we hope you will encourage your community to get directly involved with the AMEL Speakers’ independent initiatives, and utilize resources and programs offered by ADL and AMEL to continue the conversation.
Q 8. Are there any other benefits to being a Campaign Ambassador?
A 8. As a Campaign Ambassador, you will receive leadership recognition on the My Voice, Our Future website. You will also be awarded an official certificate and Campaign Ambassador “swag” tote bag as a token of appreciation for bringing the values of My Voice, Our Future to your community.
Q 7. Is there a cost involved?
A 7. Yes, there is an honorarium fee for each AMEL Speaker. Once we receive your event request, we will identify the cost of your event and possible cost-sharing opportunities.
Q 6. Can I host an event as an individual or do I need to be associated with an organization?
A 6. While you do not need to be a formal member of a group or institution to be a Campaign Ambassador, you will need to collaborate with an existing group to help you co-sponsor an event. The goal is to engage a wide and diverse audience, including those who are unaffiliated.
Q 5. Let’s say I want to host an event, what do I have to do?
A 5. Your role includes:
(a) The first step is to submit a campaign event request at least 6 weeks prior to your desired event date.
(b) Identify 2-3 individuals associated with organizations you wish to co-sponsor an event with. Make sure your co-sponsors are committed to promoting the event to their respective audiences.
(c) Choose the date, time, and venue.
(d) Elect one representative to communicate with the AMEL/ADL staff team to ensure the event logistics run smoothly.
(e) All of the materials needed to promote your event are provided by ADL and AMEL, including an event flyer. However, you are responsible for sharing the flyer with your networks to ensure there is a critical mass of attendees at the event.
Q 4. What specific topics will the AMEL Speaker present on?
A 4. Each AMEL Speaker was specifically identified as an influencer due to their activism in the civil rights and social justice arena. Please indicate which speaker and topics are of greatest interest to your community in your event request. Topics include, but are not limited to: Immigrant & Refugee Rights ∙ Israel-Middle East Relations ∙ Jewish-Muslim Cohesion ∙ Social Entrepreneurship.
Q 3. What would an event like this look like?
A 3. Your goal as a Campaign Ambassador is to encourage diverse individuals, student groups and communities of faith to work together and co-sponsor campaign events. These events will feature one or more of the AMEL Speakers, who will share their unique stories and ignite commitment to social justice and bridge building. Following the speaker’s presentation, we suggest time for in-depth Q & A between the speaker and audience.
Q 2. How do I promote the My Voice, Our Future campaign in my community or on campus?
A 2. By becoming a Campaign Ambassador, AMEL and ADL will work with you to raise awareness and promote the values of My Voice, Our Future by helping you organize campaign events featuring the AMEL Speakers Bureau.
MEET OUR CURRENT AMBASSADORS
Genesis Rivera, Hofstra University’s NAACP President and Coordinator of the Dean of Students’ Diversity Advisory Board
“Bringing My Voice, Our Future to campus allowed us to start a tradition of collaboration with our community outside of Hofstra to help us facilitate important conversations on campus and promote inclusivity and awareness.”