MPOWER Mentors is a program designed to provide productive alternatives to young adults 13-30 and to foster their personal development through mentorship. The objective of MPOWER is to work individually with young adults to benefit them in areas such as: worship, community service, religious studies, social development, life skills, health & fitness, careers and more.
Young Professionals will be connected with college students...college students with high school students...and high school students with middle school students to create a dynamic program that benefits everyone involved.
Mentors and Mentees will be expected to meet once a month to gather feedback/review and have a joint halaqa. Also once a month, mentors will take their mentees out for a few hours of social engagement to develop the mentor/mentee relationship. All male mentors will be partnered with male mentees and female mentors with female mentees based on the registration.
The initial sign up period will be active until September 30th, so please sign up before then! After you've registered, we'll be in contact providing more information.
Sameer Mansour is one of the original founders of 901 Ummah currently serving as its Director. Born and raised in Memphis, he graduated from the University of Memphis in 2010 with a Biomedical Engineering degree. He has been working at Smith & Nephew since then. Sameer also serves as the Commissioner and Founder of the Muslim Basketball League of Memphis. In addition, he is the executive and youth director for the Memphis Islamic Center and advisor for Al-Anhar Institute.
Secretary and Communication Director
A student at Rhodes College, Mariam is pursuing a Political Science and International Studies degree. She is the communications director and secretary of 901 Ummah. In the greater Memphis community, Mariam is involved in other organizations which aim to encourage community engagement such as MOVE Politics. She’s passionate about encouraging the greater Muslim community to vote and become politically active.
Creative Director and
Social Media Manager
Saira Sikandar is a graduate student at the University of Memphis concentrating on visual communication. She interns at AutoZone, Inc. in Downtown Memphis and serves on the board for MIST Nashville as their Marketing Chair. In her free time, Saira manages her own photography and graphic design company, Saira Sikandar Co. and loves finding ways to bring her passion of content creation and philanthropy together.
Check out her work at SairaSikandar.co
Sports and Social Events Chair
Uzair Ahmed is a junior at University of Memphis majoring in Business Information Technology. Born in Los Angeles, California, he moved to Memphis in 2011. Part timing as an E-commerce consultant, and as a soccer coach, Uzair is also the lead Sports and Events Coordinator. Uzair credits much of his ability to being involved with the community to 901 Ummah. Through sports and other activities Uzair hopes to bring more of the Muslim community together and increase their bonds of camaraderie.
Esra Barut studied Biomedical Engineering at Wichita State University and now works at Smith and Nephew in Memphis. She moved to Memphis in 2016 and is a mentor with 901Ummah. She loves to stay active both mentally and physically to continuously grow and develop. She plays soccer and does kickboxing in her free time and travels to learn about new cultures.
Social Media & Mentorship
Emaan Khawaja is a pre-pa student at Rhodes College studying psychology. Born and raised in Memphis, she now travels between here and Las Vegas. She has always been passionate about creating a stronger Muslim community that can uplift the youth. Emaan is a social media manager for 901ummah. She is passionate about our mentorship program. In her free time she loves to do creative activities, travel, and stay physically active.
Ibrahim Elayan currently works as a Biomedical Engineer at ZimmerBiomet. Born in Knoxville, TN but raised in Amman Jordan Ibrahim experienced both ends of the cultural spectrum living in the roots of Amman while growing up as an American Muslim. In his free time, Ibrahim's hobbies range from video games and watching anime to Rock Climbing. As Co-Social Chair, Ibrahim aspires to bring diverse adventures to the 901 Ummah community and to give back to the community what was given to him.