What a wonderful summer it was for our Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiatives! We had over 150 high school students and college mentors participate in our three day programs at USC, Chapman University, and Long Beach State. At each of these events, students explored their own religious identity, learned about privilege and standing up for the less privileged, made friends and built a unique interfaith community that can be a model for the kind of diverse leadership our country and world so need right now. Here are some highlights from each program:
At USC – Visited the Los Angeles Baha’i Center, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, and the Islamic Center of Southern California. We worked at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, and heard from speakers Umar Hakim, Deborah Sanchez, Estee Chandler, and Marwa Balkar. We also had fun at the Santa Monica Pier!
At Chapman University – Visited the Islamic Society of Southern California, the Hsi Lai BuddhistTemple, and the BAPS Hindu Temple. Our community service was done at Rise Against Hunger, and we heard from Music in Common. We had a blast at Boomers, too!
At Long Beach State – We visited a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, Temple Israel, and the Zoroastrian Center of Southern California. We did a Beach Clean Up, and heard from Native American bands Miracle Dolls and Scatter Their Own. Here we had fun together at Mulligans Family Fun Center.