Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers,

Well it has come to that sad moment yet again; another concluding event to an amazing program for the IYG. We have enjoyed a wide-range of events this semester from our first-ever Ultimate Frisbee showdown to writing letters for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy to building mini-generators to building a Box of Love for our parents. Alhamdulillah, along the way, our youth have learned about the keys to gaining inner peace, how to deal with tragedy, and the importance of thanking our family members for all that they do for us. Tonight we concluded our IYG Spring 2013 Program with a celebration at the place where everyone can be a kid again…CHUCK-E-CHEESE!!! Our youth enjoyed a plethora of challenging games, yummy pizza, delicious kunafah dessert (thank you Ata!) and a special treat next door at Coldstone Creamery.  Our Chuck-E-Cheese fest was an awesome ending to an awesome semester; don’t take our word for it, check out the evidence below for proof!

Let's get this show started! Nabeel, Raad, and Mustafa are ready to go.

Let’s get this show started! Nabeel, Raad, and Mustafa are ready to go.

This table looks rather festive...sadly it is not for us. Where is our table?!?

This table looks rather festive…sadly it is not for us. Where is our table?!?

We found our table alhamdulillah! Mujtaba proudly shows off his shiny gold tokens.

We found our table alhamdulillah! Mujtaba proudly shows off his shiny gold tokens.

Onto the games! Hamza goes bowling...

Onto the games! Hamza goes bowling…

...meanwhile Ata and Muhammad go fishing...

…meanwhile Ata and Muhammad go fishing…

...and Abdelrahman shoots free throws. Raad patiently awaits his turn.

…and Abdelrahman shoots free throws. Raad patiently awaits his turn.

Hamza posing with his winning tickets. Ata investigates how Mujtaba plays the game for tips.

Hamza posing with his winning tickets. Ata investigates how Mujtaba plays the game for tips.

PIZZA BREAK!!! Abdelrahman enjoys a delicious bite of cheesy cheese pizza.

PIZZA BREAK!!! Abdelrahman enjoys a delicious bite of cheesy cheese pizza.

Danyal and Murtaza trade guesses for what lies underneath the aluminum foil...go ahead we dare you to guess what's underneath the foil.

Danyal and Murtaza trade guesses for what lies underneath the aluminum foil…go ahead we dare you to guess what’s underneath the foil.

Salah tries to re-live his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot...we are sad to report he was unsuccessful in getting his pilot's license.

Salah tries to re-live his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot…we are sad to report he was unsuccessful in getting his pilot’s license.

Muhammad, Shujath, and Ata carefully study the  treasure chest for gifts to exchange for their hard-earned tickets.

Muhammad, Shujath, and Ata carefully study the treasure chest for gifts to exchange for their hard-earned tickets.

ICE CREEEEEAAAMMM!!! Br. Ihsan helps Nabeel select a flavor as Mustafa poses for the camera. What a great way to end a great evening!

ICE CREEEEEAAAMMM!!! Br. Ihsan helps Nabeel select a flavor as Mustafa poses for the camera. What a great way to end a great evening!

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of our youth, families, mentors, and community partners who helped to make this semester of events possible. Though our mentors must take a small break for final exams, we look forward to the start of another exciting youth program in June in shaa Allah!

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