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Title: URI Young Leaders Program


1
URI Young Leaders Program
  • Taking the Initiative The Role of Youth in
    Global Interfaith Action
  • NAIN Connect
  • June 26, 2009

2
The URI Young Leaders Program (YLP) Objectives
and Mission
  • Connect religiously and spiritually diverse
    youth across the world to build relationships of
    understanding and trust
  • Empower young people to engage in effective
    interfaith action and peacebuilding in the world
  • Increase the numbers of young people active in
    the interfaith movement and amplify the voice of
    youth
  • Develop the role of youth in areas of increasing
    responsibility and leadership in the movement
  • Publicize and support interfaith activities of
  • URI youth and interfaith partners worldwide

3
Organizing Methodology of URI Young Leaders
Program (YLP)
  • Begin by Creating a Safe Space / Guidelines for
    Dialogue
  • Draw out personal calling and build shared
    vision through generative activities such as
    Appreciative Inquiry
  • Integrate Spiritual Practices and Sacred Openings
  • Create festive atmosphere with inter-cultural
    exchange
  • Provide opportunities for service-learning
  • Create a space for intergenerational exchange
  • Draw out natural leadership gifts and talents of
    the
  • youth participants through youth-led workshops
    and
  • methodologies such as Open Space Technology

4
URI Young Leaders Program (YLP) Recent Highlights
  • Convened a gathering of 100 young leaders from
    34 countries in Mayapur, India in November 2008
    for 5-day leadership retreat followed by their
    participation in URI Global Assembly
  • Theme Taking the Initiative The Role of Youth
    in Global Interfaith Action
  • Youth-led workshops in peacebuilding, education,
    NonViolent Communication and environmental
    activism
  • Has resulted in the creation of new and forming
  • interfaith Cooperation Circles in Sierra Leone,
    UK,
  • Australia, Nepal and multiregional
  • Follow-up Action Projects- Youth and Faith for
    Life Malawi, Pen Pals project Iran and
    Israel, Earth Day projects in Pakistan and
    Philippines, solar cookers project,
    international womens dancing troupe

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URI GLOBAL YOUTH IN ACTION!!!
7
YOUTH AND FAITH FOR LIFE PROJECT COLLABORATION
BETWEEN U.S. AND MALAWIAN YOUTH
Ian, Prescot and Lucious were the first
individuals I met during the Young Leaders
Program in India. We immediately bonded over
joyful stories of our respective homelands. The
warm welcome they offered me was powerful and it
set the stage for an incredibly inspiring
gathering. All of the participants involved
continually challenged each other to find
solutions and make measurable progress. My
Malawian brothers are currently working very hard
to improve the lives of their community members.
But similar to many not-for-profit groups, their
work would benefit greatly from an infusion of
resources. During the YLP, we designed a youth
elevation project that would add something new to
their repertoire of existing activities. We will
call it Youth and Faith for Life.
We successfully collected 10 laptops to use for
developing the job skills of the Malawian youth.
Training courses will be offered for a
significantly reduced cost as compared to
commercial programs, and the income generated
will funnel directly back into existing
interfaith initiatives. These include interfaith
dialogue, environmental conservation projects,
HIV/AIDS awareness and general life-skills
planning. Zach Levine, USA
8
Launch of URI Youth Communications Hub
(http//ga08youth.com)
9
Youth Action Plans Communications Hub
GOAL TO AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF YOUTH AND TO
STRENGTHEN CONNECTIVITY OF GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK
  • Monthly themes linked to UN Observance Days and
    URI Action Agenda (i.e. Social Justice, Faith and
    the Environment, Health and Healing, Interfaith
    Service and Cooperation)
  • Live Chats (on monthly themes) engaging
    between 10 16 youth each time for discussion
    and reflection
  • E-Newsletter URI Voice of Youth (monthly)
  • Resources page and Media Gallery photos and
    links to youtube short video clips on young
    leaders program
  • Community Calendar - Google
  • Strong presence on Facebook to promote events,
    live chats, and discussions and to showcase
    photos and videos

10
Youth Action Plans Regional Gatherings
GOAL TO INCREASE YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN THE
INTERFAITH MOVEMENT AND DEVELOP THE ROLE OF YOUTH
IN AREA OF INCREASING RESPONSIBILITY AND
LEADERSHIP
  • Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Assembly
    March 2009
  • 25 of delegates were young people highest
    level of youth participation thus far
  • North American Regional Assembly May 2009
  • Starr Muranko, Michael Ware and Sam Ruben
    represented youth voice, took on new areas of
    leadership for hosting the 2011 Assembly and
    serving as youth rep on the Interim Regional
    Council
  • Goal of 25-50 of delegates youth in 2011
  • URI Korea Interreligious Youth Camp July 11th
    15th, 2009
  • 7 youth from Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines,
    Australia, Nepal and the UK will join this
    interreligious pilgrimage, funded by Korean
    Ministry of Culture
  • Other Upcoming Regional Gatherings and Youth
    Meetings
  • Indigenous gathering for International Day of
    Peace in Peru September 2009
  • European Regional Assembly 2010

11
Scenes from Youth Meeting in SEAPac Regional
Assembly, March 2009
12
Scenes from Youth Participation in North American
Regional Assembly May 2009
13
Youth Action Plans Leadership Development
GOAL TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
TO STEP INTO GREATER LEADERSHIP IN THE URI AND
THE INTERFAITH MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
  • INTERGENERATIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
  • - 6 month pilot program from May October 2009,
    Connecting 24 young leaders and elders
    cross-regionally from Argentina, Canada, Chile,
    Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Kenya,
    Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines,
    Somalia, Spain, UAE, Uganda, USA
  • - Bimonthly conference calls for mentors and
    mentorship guidelines, laptop award for pair that
    achieves the most toward their goal
  • INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  • - Three Young Leader Interns are working at URI
    global hub over summer 2009
  • - Two of the Summer Interns are vetting an
    international internship program, working with
    CCs and Global Council Trustees to develop our
    Global Service Immersion program summer 2010,
    which will connect young leaders with CCs around
    the world to do an 8-week service-learning
    immersion in 5 countries
  • - Our other intern is working on developing a
    model of interfaith dialogue at Stanford
    University, and doing outreach to faith
    communities around San Francisco for our local
    Days of Interfaith Youth Service projects

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INTERGENERATIONAL WISDOM MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
I cant believe the miracle that you have
matched me with a young woman in Nairobi!! I just
today contacted Sally Mahe in San Francisco and
Rattan Channa in Kenya because my church wants to
raise funds to help alleviate the famine there
which I only first heard about today! I am so
excited to meet Margaret and begin our new
friendship. May Peace Prevail in Kenya! -
Deborah Moldow, Mentor to Margaret Koli from
Tunza Youth Advisory Council, Kenya
15
Young Leaders Steering Committee
16
URI YOUTH IN ACTION Local Projects
DIYS Projects 2008-2009
17
URI YOUTH IN ACTION Days of Interfaith Youth
Service, San Francisco
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