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Website The Family & Youth Institute

The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI) is a 501(c)3 not for profit research and education institute dedicated to strengthening young people and their families. The FYI focuses on innovative research and community education to achieve its objective. The FYI is growing rapidly, especially with increasing demand for its research output and community education offerings. 

The FYI is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant. Ideal candidates should have experience working with religious and/or ethnic/racial minority groups and high school students. They will have the opportunity to be involved in a research project that uses longitudinal research methods. The study is part of a community building  project about virtue development amongst Muslim American youth.

Research Assistant Job Responsibilities: 

  • Assisting in the recruitment and consenting of Muslim American adolescents for research studies
  • Tracking participants and data completion rates  
  • Assisting in the reimbursement of participants
  • Assisting with data analyses and literature review
  • Supporting manuscript preparation and submission

Research Assistant Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Experience working with religious and/or ethnic/racial minority groups 
  • Experience working with adolescents 
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) 
  • High attention to detail and organized
  • Ability to maintain ethical standards when dealing with confidential information 
  • Ability to handle several responsibilities and work under tight time constraints 
  • Basic technical skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, Excel) 
  • Experience with data management software (e.g., SPSS) and online survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics) would be ideal but not absolutely needed.


  • Salary: $20 per/hr (W9)
  • The position is part-time, flexible hours (10 hours a week) 
  • Position can be renewed beyond 1 year by mutual agreement
  • Virtual position (US residents & based in the US)

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, along with references to:

To apply for this job email your details to

Zakat eligibility of The FYI

The Family & Youth Institute, or The FYI, is a well-known Muslim organization in the United States. It works to promote mental health and wellness by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities through research and education. It has been working for many years to bring Islamic perspectives to understanding and promoting mental health in our communities.

It is dedicated to serving and supporting Muslims – safeguarding our deen, our families, and our future generations. Therefore, the work of The FYI comes in the category of ‘fi sabeelillah’ or the Path of Allah, within the eight categories where Zakat money can be used.

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah, and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah, is Knowing and Wise.”
(Al-Tawbah 9:60)

According to scholars who widen the meaning of fee sabeelillah to include any activities that promote Islamic growth, The FYI is indeed eligible to receive part of the Zakat funds for its programs and services. I urge Muslims in America to support this organization through their donations, general charity, and through their Zakat. I ask Allah swt to strengthen and guide The FYI to continue its good work in supporting Muslims.

Shaikh Ali Suleiman Ali, PhD

About Shaikh Ali

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in the Islamic University of Madina.  He graduated with a degree in both Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Ali went on to complete his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sh. Ali serves on the Advisory Council of The Family & Youth Institute. He is the Senior Imam and Director of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services in Detroit and is a council member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). He is also a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) and the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).