NAYA's Second SymposiumWhat a feeling ladies and gentlemen, to see all of our friends, supporters, and colleagues gathered to share common goals of learning, educating, and understanding where our community is and what we need to do to move forward. We don't claim to have all the answers, or even part of the answers, but we can proudly say that we have started the dialogue in a way that has never been done before. Conventions and symposiums are not easy events to organize, but they are the best known format to discuss, learn, and engage others in our issues and concerns. The Yemeni community is a small, but growing, proud community among a larger competitive and culturally and religiously diverse society that celebrates work and individual success. With this in mind, NAYA planned and worked hard to bring the community's issues and concerns to the appropriate Government, private, and public agencies in a professional and straight forward format that we at NAYA think is the best way to discuss the status of our community and find ways to improve and strengthen the economic, cultural, educational, and political ties between the United States of America and the Republic of Yemen. The Symposium, for the first time in our community's history, discussed issues, such as the status of women in Yemen and abroad , the challenges facing our second generation and youth and the status of our civil and human rights in light of the Patriot Act as well as many other issues that touches the lives of everyone. As we said, we will not solve all our problems, but we have made the first and most important step towards finding solutions, which is to admit that we have a problem. That was our mission and goal for the symposium and we can proudly and humbly say we achieved this goal beyond our expectations. The more than ninety responses we received from the speakers and the invited guests is testimony that we do exist and others are willing to work with us when we present our selves in the right format. Our issues are not far different from all other communities around us. The difference is how we present them and deal with such issues. In public, community, and political work there are always differences that are created and the best way to face and work out such differences is through learning to respect and accept each other and agree to disagree and understand the interests and concerns of others in order for them to understand ours. Those who work hard are the ones who make mistakes and learn from them. We extend our sincere apologies for any shortcomings and promise that we do listen, adjust, and change, if necessary, things that need to be improved on. Please let us know of your comments, criticisms and thoughts for the future. At the same time, we are very grateful to all of you who attended, supported, and volunteered to make this event happen. We could not have done it without you. Thank you from all of us at NAYA and we look forward to working and seeing you in the future.