Now Accepting Applications for IYLI-LA 2013

The Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative is a three day program for high school students who are interested in building skills in interfaith leadership, dialogue, conflict resolution and activism. 

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will earn a $100 college scholarship.    


Participants will experience:

  • Three days of meeting peers of various faith backgrounds
  • Leadership development training
  • Learning about other faiths and cultures
  • Build skills in conflict resolution
  • College scholarships & internship opportunities

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

Click HERE to apply. 

Ramadan Kareem

As we enter into the holy month of Ramadan, I am reminded of what one young man at Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative shared, “It’s not about fasting from food or water all by yourself…there’s something special about everyone fasting together, then breaking fast together…community!” So this Ramadan we join with our Muslim brothers and sisters to say, Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem! May you and yours be blessed with peace.

Christine Hong

IYLI Reflections: Sharing the In-Between

As a long time youth minister one thing I’ve learned time and time again is that youth are great storytellers.  We under estimate them when we tell ourselves that they have no stories to tell, or that they haven’t really ‘lived’ enough to have powerful things to say.  As a group mentor during IYLI I had the privilege of hearing our participant’s stories, their living oral histories, and sharing a few of my own. Continue reading

Steve’s Post ILYI Reflections

As I looked out over a group of 60 high school and college students – Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Agnostic, Zoroastrian, and other’s, I thought to myself, “This is the future, or more, accurately, this could be the future.”  These were students who had come for our first ever Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative, a 3-day event held in conjunction with other various religious and advocacy groups here in Los Angeles.  Did you know that high school students were interested in interfaith work?  The interfaith movement is fairly new on the religious landscape, and it has tended to be populated with older, mostly progressive adherents to their faiths.  But it was amazing to see students with piercings and skinny jeans talking and listening passionately to students of other faiths – “What’s with the hijab?”  “Why do Sikhs wear turbans?”   These students had come on their own in the summer to learn and grow in an utterly unique way.

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