Developing Strong, Moral Leaders
With Long Term Positive Results

IYDE has developed effective and efficient programs and methods that help effect positive character change in youth, through mentoring. We help communities overcome typical challenges faced with starting, developing and maintaining effective youth programs with a customized turn-key solution. We combine the best of mentoring, character development and individual and group activities. We build relevance in the lives of the youth through experiential learning and an understanding of the issues the youth face.


Our Core Values

  • Excellence in Character Development
  • Honoring the individuality of each community
  • Mentorship throughout to develop full potential
  • Excellence in Programing for youth and children
  • Producing long lasting life changes for every youth

Developing Strong, Moral Leaders
With Long Term Positive Results

Mentoring iconMentor training

A one year training program consisting of 60 hours of training, weekly support calls, and access to resources.


A one year program to help individuals or families eat and live a healthier lifestyle.

Mentor iconChildren Enrichment
Program training

A training program on how to develop, plan and execute a successful program for children 4 to 10.

Donation iconSpiritual Retreat

A retreat to help develop one’s closeness to Allah.

Trained mentors make real and lasting change in the lives of the youth that positively transform our communities. Help us sustain our programs.

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Mentor and mentees

Who is this program for

At IYDE, we work with communities, adults and parents to help communities across the country build long-term mentoring programs for youth


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Volunteer with us

By becoming a volunteer at IYDE you will find that no skill is too small to put at the service of the greater community

Youth development

Bring us to your city

IYDE wants to help your community become excellent in supporting and developing the youth.  We work invisibly behind the scenes to train your mentors

here’s what people are saying about us


The work of IYDE is absolutely critical. Young people desperately need mentors and it’s about the only intervention that works. But IYDE goes further by providing young mentors with training on character development rooted in the Islamic tradition. It builds a community’s capacity to grow future stewards of justice and healing.

Dalia Mogahed
Co-Author, “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims really Think”


After multiple attempts of starting our own mentoring program, it became clear that we did not have the staff and time to properly launch the project. IYDE (Institute for Youth Development and Education) was a logical partner for us… I recommend the IYDE training to any community who is passionate about improving their youth programming. IYDE is a true partner and will help organizations think outside the box to achieve their goals.

Joshua Salaam
Youth Director, ADAMS Center


Mentorship is not a club with an agenda, a to-do list nor a calendar of busy events. It’s an investment that shows returns when the cycle goes full circle and our children are adults. The benefits show alongside the course but the reward is in the outcome. IYDE is invested in the results.

Muhammad Arif Khan, MD

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Sponsor a youth mentee

Trained mentors make real and lasting change in the lives of the youth that positively transform our communities. When you sponsor a mentor, you invest in the training and support of a mentor, who will in turn impact dozes of youth, transforming their lives.

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Book A Speaker

Book one of our speakers for your next event. View full list of topics. Must arrange at least a month prior to event.

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