Cincinnati Youth Opportunities
Xavier University Interfaith Initiative Grants: Caring and Celebrating 50 Years - 50 Service Projects
WHAT: Groups of youth and young adults of diverse faith traditions are invited to join together to form an interfaith working group to engage in a community service activity.
The type of activity is open: working with issues impacting the underserved, such as poverty, the environment, the disabled, animal rights, the aged, immigrants and refugees, etc. An activity that seeks to make a change, however small, for the better in our regional community is appropriate.
HOW - FUNDING: Each combined group is eligible to receive up to $500 towards their service project.
WHO: Multiple faith groups of tweens, teens, and/or young adults.
WHY: In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a seminal Catholic Church document proclaiming the importance of cooperation among people of different faiths for the betterment of society, groups of any and all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to apply.
We are extremely happy to announce that registration is now open for the 3rd. Annual Kids4Peace Cincinnati, July 30-August 3, 2018. This year’s program has expanded to include another day of fun. Several campers have already registered! Please join that fun. Make new friends, share experiences, learn to stand together, and become a voice as a PeaceBuilder” in our local community. Also, you will have a wonderful time!
Through a variety of discussions, and exercises which include music, sports and art projects, and food, the participants will develop team building and communication skills. Their skills and friendships will empower the students to become a voice in building a stronger, and more peaceful Greater Cincinnati home. To demonstrate the commitment to improving our community, day four of camp will be dedicated to a community service project.
Ulster Project Cincinnati - “Ulster” is synonymous with Northern Ireland. The Ulster Project works for peace between Catholics and Protestants in a country that has had centuries of tension and violence between the two groups. (See below.) Each July, teens from Enniskillen (County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland) come to Cincinnati and stay with host teens and their families. During the month, the teens and families participate in a variety of activities designed to foster friendship and understanding.
Interfaith Youth Programs
Xavier's Center for Interfaith Community Engagement
Xavier's Center for Interfaith Community Engagement works to create and strengthen a sense of community among individuals of diverse faiths on campus, in Cincinnati, and on the regional and national levels.
The Center for Interfaith Community Engagement is a student-centered initiative that both allows individuals to deepen their personal faith and enhance their understanding of other traditions. Further, it serves the larger community in areas of social justice, shared religious teachings and leadership development.
As Xavier continues to diversify its population along faith and cultural lines, a unique opportunity exists for authentic interfaith community engagement. The Center for Interfaith Community Engagement strives to be an example for collaborative efforts on campus and beyond. Our work extends to the larger social justice community and various ethnic and religious faith groups, and serves as a vehicle for the empowerment of the interfaith student community. Read more at..http://www.xavier.edu/interfaith/
YOUTH GRANTS In Action -
Mothers of Mercy High School & Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Group & Teen Group of the Mayerson JCC join to create a Butterfly Peace Garden
The Oct. 9th Interfaith Service day with youth groups from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Mayerson JCC, and students from Mother of Mercy High School will be held at Imago Earth Center in Price Hill (from 3pm-6pm). In response to violence in the world, youth from all three faiths will work together for the care of our common home, the earth, by creating a butterfly garden as a gesture of friendship and peace, thereby illustrating that religion does not have to be a source of conflict but can also be key to resolving differences and promoting understanding.
By Bob Bonnici
Resources for Students: Contributed by Affordable Colleges Online
Interfaith Youth Core
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