Support Islamic Literacy
ALIM seeks to reach a diverse Muslim population, including some of limited economic resources. Consequently, ALIM has embarked on an initiative to endow a large portion of its Summer Program seats to ensure access for all qualified students. Each endowed seat will be designated as a scholarship with a name chosen by the donor and approved by ALIM.
Developing Human Resources is necessary to stabilize ALIM’s programs and increase ALIM’s reach in a systematic and sustainable manner. ALIM has reached its potential as a solely volunteer based organization, but sustainability as an institution with a vision of communal “Islamic Literacy” will not be realized without a staff to professionalize the organization. ALIM continues to seek and hire professionals who can execute the strategic goals of the organization. In order to achieve this, an initial capital investment is needed to ensure that the positions are funded for at least 2 years. During the first two years, the staff will be focused on developing the operations as well as the financial capacity in order to reach its strategic goals. ALIM feels that it will only be able to attract the high-caliber staff that it needs by demonstrating that it has the financial stability to sustain such positions for at least 2 years.
Distance Learning Program
ALIM has a unique product and service that requires an investment of time on the part of the scholars and the students. Physical programs with set times, locations, and dates necessarily limit themselves to those who have the ability to devote large blocks of time in a specified location. Most working professionals do not have this luxury. As such, ALIM programs are not accessible to all who would benefit from them. In order to expand ALIM’s reach and ensure those who desire “Islamic Literacy” have access to ALIM’s programs, ALIM plans to design and execute a distance learning program that captures the essence of the “ALIM Experience”.
This distance-learning program will not be a cookie-cutter program, as ALIM has many unique features, such as interaction and discussion with the scholars and other students. ALIM will use the latest technology as well as the principles of educational and curriculum design to develop a program that is effective. This program, as with almost all of ALIM’s programs, will eventually be self-sufficient, but it requires startup capital in order to develop the format and curriculum as well as to customize the technology to ALIM’s needs.
Scholar Development Program
In order to ensure that the ALIM philosophy and style of teaching and thinking are sustained, a system to identify, cultivate and recruit new scholars who value the need for “Islamic Literacy” is needed. ALIM’s new Executive Director spearheads this project, and potential scholars will be identified for fellowships and mentorships within the ALIM context. These fellows and mentees will have continuous contact with and access to ALIM’s scholars and be given opportunities to teach and write within ALIM’s programs. Some of these new scholars will be invited to become a part of the ALIM faculty in the future.
The beneficial multiplier effect of mentoring the future Muslim Intelligentsia will pave the way for future scholarship in ALIM and other institutions throughout the country. Again, however, initiating and maintaining such a program requires sufficient startup capital. The mentors and their fellows will be flown to a central location on a periodic basis, and their teaching and writing projects will also be funded. As scholars are mentored and cultivated, recruitment of scholars as a dedicated resource will amplify the ability of ALIM to achieve communal “Islamic Literacy”.