Introducing Rochester IFYC

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  • Good morning/afternoon/evening. Thank you for inviting me to your meeting to introduce the Rochester Interfaith Youth community—Rochester IFYC. My name is <name> And here is ,my e-mail if any of you want to contact me with questions later. Some of you might already be aware of our group. For you this will be a brief update on our activities and plans. If you aren’t yet aware of Rochester IFYC, the next 10 or 15 minutes will provide you a brief history of the organization and its purpose as well as an update on activities and plans.
  • Safe and neutral place to learn about other religions or faith traditions, respect for established youth group events and times, not here to question or change religious beliefs , get to know youth from other backgrounds, opportunities to serve in honor of common values across religions and philosophies Reach out, reflect
  • . Safe and neutral place to learn about other religions or faith traditions, respect for established youth group events and times, not here to question or change religious beliefs , get to know youth from other backgrounds, opportunities to serve as a common value across religions
  • History Sorting people by physical differences is a recent invention. Discover how the development of the idea of race is closely linked to the early development of the United States. Human variation Racial and ethnic categories, which have changed over time, are human-made. We now know that human beings are more alike genetically than any other living species. Lived experience Discover that race and racism is not inside our heads, but in fact is built into our laws, traditions and institutions.
  • IFYC finally took life when youth became involved. It continues to rely on youth. You have the energy to act—and impatience with talk only. You employ multiple digital tools to connect—far more proficiently than many adults. Youth have proved to be engines of change already in IFYC as in times before—Civil rights movement, anti-war movements, for example. We can see our community approaching a critical needs for mutual respect and tolerance and growing diversity and economic decline stress families and institutions. IFYC can be a structure for help youth multiply their impact in introducing positive change We have a structure to help you increase the impact Can you attend 4 meetings a year, help plan and attend 2 events a year? Imagine the world youth can make when inspired by common values to overcome cultural, religious differences. What do you think about helping IFYC? What would you like IFYC do after RACE? … . … .. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. IF MORE QUESTIONS, your leader can get them to me, I will reply.
  • Introducing Rochester IFYC

    1. 1. Introduction to Rochester Interfaith Youth Community Youth of <Church name> <Month day>, 2010 by <your name, e-mail>
    2. 2. Introduction to Rochester IFYC <ul><li>What Rochester Interfaith Youth Community is </li></ul><ul><li>Our purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we have done so far </li></ul><ul><li>What have we done? </li></ul><ul><li>What‘s next? </li></ul><ul><li>An evening at RACE </li></ul><ul><li>You can help make it happen </li></ul><ul><li>No “IFYC” without the “Y” </li></ul>
    3. 3. What Rochester IFYC is <ul><li>Rochester IFYC is a partnership of youth and adults modeled after the Interfaith Youth Core led by Eboo Patel—the model works. </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1998 by Eboo Patel and college students </li></ul><ul><li>Headquartered in Chicago, 22 full-time staff </li></ul><ul><li>Major funders, like Ford Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>International reach—India habitat build </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized nationally </li></ul><ul><li>And locally </li></ul>Eboo Patel named to the list of America's Best Leaders, 2009 by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University Mayor Ardell Brede proclaims a Rochester Interfaith Youth Core day
    4. 4. Our Purpose <ul><li>We are committed to build mutual respect and pluralism among youth from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others. </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of religious young people in the world interact with frequency. That interaction tends either toward conflict or cooperation. Many tend towards conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of focusing a dialogue on political or theological differences, we build relationships on the values that religions often share, such as hospitality, caring for the Earth , and j ustice to live out our common values together to the benefit of our community. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine a world where people from various religious backgrounds partner in mutual understanding and respect to serve their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>THIS IS THE WORLD WE ARE HELPING TO BUILD. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who we are <ul><li>Local faith communities represented by participation in our training programs, events, and leadership include, at present: </li></ul><ul><li>Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Hindus </li></ul><ul><li>Jews </li></ul><ul><li>Muslims </li></ul><ul><li>We are inclusive, open to all inspired to work for the common good through: </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul>
    6. 6. What we have done so far <ul><li>November—Interfaith boot camp, B’nai Israel Synagogue. Full day training for adult and youth volunteers on organizing interfaith youth events, led by international IFYC, sponsored by Rochester IFYC. </li></ul><ul><li>March—Quilt tying, B’nai Israel Synagogue. Preparing quilts to donate to Crisis Nursery, interfaith discussion while working. </li></ul><ul><li>March—Service project, Channel One . About 10 youth helping the Channel One staff, pizza and reflection. </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing organizational meetings, project planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building and reflection </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s next? <ul><li>RACE is a great opportunity to discover how much we have in common as well as learn about the consequences when our differences are misunderstood. </li></ul><ul><li>The exhibit explores race through lenses of </li></ul><ul><li>History—evolved over time </li></ul><ul><li>Human variation </li></ul><ul><li>Lived experience—law, tradition, institutions </li></ul><ul><li>RACE: www.mayoclinic.org/race/ </li></ul>An evening at the RACE exhibit! Photos by Wing Young Huie
    8. 8. An Evening at RACE <ul><li>Attend RACE together </li></ul><ul><li>Gather at the Art Center for refreshments and reflection on relationships, if any, between racism and religious intolerance—common roots? Common solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion based on guidelines developed by Rochester Diversity Council </li></ul><ul><li>Professional art teachers to help us illustrate in multimedia creations our response to RACE </li></ul><ul><li>Tentatively scheduled for Aug 26. </li></ul>
    9. 9. You can help make it happen <ul><li>Meet with other youth on June 8 or July 13 to help finalize planning </li></ul><ul><li>Help publicize the event </li></ul><ul><li>Join us at the event </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a friend </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>JUST FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS!!!! Sign our contact list and attend our June or July meeting to receive, first come first served, a free copy of To Be Free by George Thompson, a leader in advocating for racial and cultural tolerance in Rochester.
    10. 10. No “IFYC” without the “Y” <ul><li>IFYC was created by youth, relies on youth </li></ul><ul><li>Energy to act </li></ul><ul><li>Masters of social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Pivotal for social change at a critical time in our community </li></ul><ul><li>Able to attend 4 meetings a year, help plan and attend 2 events? </li></ul>Imagine a world where people from various religious backgrounds partner in mutual understanding and respect to serve their communities. THIS IS THE WORLD WE ARE HELPING TO BUILD. Thank you. Rochester IFYC: www.ifycrochester.org

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