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Youth Development and Leadership

Overview

The Interfaith Center’s program in youth development, service learning, and leadership seeks to promote inter-religious and intra-religious understanding and fellowship among young people of high school and college age.  We have found this age group to be particularly suited for this kind of meaningful exploration because they are already asking important questions about their own identities and value strong connections to their peers.  At the Interfaith Center, we have developed programming that provides a safe space for young people to build interfaith relationships, explore important and sometimes difficult questions, strengthen who they are as individuals rooted in their own heritages and experience how they can make a difference in the world around them.

“Since 2005, the Interfaith Center youth initiatives have brought together more than 700 young people from dozens of congregations to complete (cumulatively) more than 8,000 hours of community service.”

The Interfaith Center’s signature initiative, Walking the Walk, was featured in a November 2008 New York Times article, “Finding Similarities Among the Differences,” and has been touted as “the most sophisticated interfaith youth program across the country.” Other key youth initiatives include Interfaith Encounters Alternative Break, Day of Environmental Action, and Walking the Walk Alumni.

Signature Youth Initiatives

What’s New with our Youth Programs

Walking the Walk Alumni Service at Henry Got Crops and Share