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The Youth Leadership Development Course (YLDC) is a popular program that has been running for the last seven years and is currently a two-year program (YLDC 1&2). The goal of this course is to provide students with continuing Islamic education and leadership training. Our faculty are experienced instructors, each with over 20 years of experience in the subject matter and the ability to work with teenagers of all ages. The YLDC alumni are all college students in different field of studies including engineering, biology, medical sciences, and other fields. As a society, we have recently undergone a strategic review process that included revision of our society’s vision and the YLDC curriculum.

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Developing leaders through transformational learning 



Horizon Academy Institute provides programs and services in education and leadership development through the universal values of Islam and modern best business practices. We measure our success through our ability to provide a culture of effectiveness, innovation, and trust while building a new generation of competent, knowledgeable, and value-driven leaders.

Course Content


  • Intermediate level Islamic studies

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

  • Drafting a personal mission statement

  • Designing a 5-year educational and life plan



  • Advanced level Islamic studies

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life Meet the Horizon Alumni & Professionals

  • Designing a 50-year life plan

Objectives of the Islamic Studies

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Selected Textbooks:

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Administrative and Teaching Staff

  • Mr. Hicham Abbadi: Chair of the Leadership Institute

  • Mrs. Abeer Smadi: Sunday School Program Manager

Dr. Noureddine Berka

Course Coordinator

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Dr. Israa Al Ani

Islamic Instructor

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Mr. Omar Ewing

Leadership Instructor

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Course Schedule: 

The Course will be offered online every Sunday

  • Start date: September 17, 2023

  • End date: June 2024

The schedule will be as follows:

Every Sunday:


10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Students will be given a lunch break and other smaller breaks in between.

Program Details:

YLDC student will be given a combination of instructional sessions in Islamic Studies and Leadership and will be expected to participate in school activities assigned by the leadership instructor.  Interested parents should register online.  Questions about the program should be addressed to the course coordinator Dr. Noureddine Berka


Tuition & Fees: 

• Tuition - $775

• Registration Fees - $75 (non-refundable)


Admission Requirements:


  • Age requirement: 13-years old

  • Prerequisite: Completed Horizon Sunday School Level 7 or equivalent


  • Age requirement: 14-years old

  • Prerequisite: Completed Horizon YLDC1 or equivalent

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