masjid administration has approached you in hopes that you can single-handedly do something to revive youth participation in the masjid. The youth in this particular masjid are almost as a group not practicing at all. Many are involved in the same vices as the rest of the youth in the West. Not praying, no regard for the deen, girls, drinking/drugs, etc. On average most are decent kids whose focus is on good grades, and they may come pray once in a while and go to Sunday school when forced but that is really about it.I know this describes a lot of youth in most communities, the only added thing here is there is opposition from parents to these kids becoming more practicing. They fear simply that it will distract them from the ultimate goal of getting good grades and thus a high paying job, or that once they start becoming religious they will automatically fall into being fanatic (like growing a beard, wearing hijab, etc).
So what I want from the readers out there, and this means you to not shy away from commenting here. I want this post to serve as the ultimate brain-storm session. Actually, that is selling it short. I don't want brainstorming – we need your success stories.
What programs have you found to be beneficial in bringing youth back to Islam?
What kind of talks and programs garner their attention?
How do you involve the parents and allay their fears?
What BEST PRACTICES have you found, that work for youth, whether in terms of activities, outreach, sunday school, or anything else?
Best Practice is a management idea which asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc. The idea is that with proper processes, checks, and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. Best practices can also be defined as the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people.
So let's see what you've got. Maybe after this is done we can compile a best practices list for youth involvement that can become the 'industry standard' by which all organizations can refer to and not have to start from scratch every time. Give us your trial and error, not just what worked, but also what failed and why.