Youth Workshop with IFYC Alumni

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Youth Workshop with IFYC Alumni

posted Jan 14, 2016, 1:19 PM by Alex Sher [ updated May 25, 2017, 12:57 PM by KC IYA ]

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location: Second Presbyterian Church (318 E 55th Street, KC, MO 64113)

KCIYA is a collaborative program of individuals who want to change the conversation about religion by empowering youth of all backgrounds and faiths to come together to establish pluralistic understanding and respect by serving their communities.

The workshop will be led by two fantastic interfaith leaders who are former staff members of Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core organization in Chicago:

Hannah Kardon: Hannah received her Master’s in Divinity student from Harvard Divinity School and serves as the pastor at Elston Street United Methodist Church in Chicago. Hannah was previously an Outreach Education & Training Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core, where she designed curricula and worked with institutions such as the University of Illinois, Berea College, Yale University, and the University of Delhi on their inter-religious activities and policies. Her recent honors include selection for the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics and receiving the Hopkins Shareholder award, given to six Harvard Divinity students showing exceptional ministerial promise. And finally, Hannah was one of the workshop leaders at KCIYA’s previous interfaith youth workshop in 2009.

Hind Makki: Hind Makki is an interfaith educator who develops and delivers trainings on civic integration through interfaith action, anti-racism education and youth empowerment. She travels throughout the United States and Western Europe, working with diverse communities, leading workshops for civic leaders, interfaith activists and university students. An internationally recognized speaker, Hind has been invited to deliver speeches and workshops on interfaith cooperation, civic integration and developing Muslim women’s leadership to conferences, universities, congregations throughout North America and Western Europe. Hind is the founder and curator of Side Entrance, a crowd-sourced website that documents women’s prayer experiences in mosques around the world.

The workshop will be divided into three segments — you are encouraged to attend the segment or segments that are the best fit for you:

1) For adults and high school youth: The event will kick off with an introduction and two workshops in the afternoon

  • Introduction and Overview of KCIYA (12:30 pm to 1:00 pm)
  • Storytelling Workshop (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm): This workshop will provide training and practice on the power of storytelling as a tool for fostering interfaith engagement.
  • Interfaith Dialogue Facilitation Workshop (3:15 pm to 5:15 pm): Instead of focusing a dialogue on political or theological differences, the workshop provide training on how to build relationships on the values that we share such as hospitality, compassion, justice, mercy, and care for the earth. The dialogue training focuses on promoting conversations that ask how we can live out those values together to contribute to the betterment of our community.

2) For everyone:

  • Community dinner and keynote (5:45 pm to 6:45 pm): Hind and Hannah will provide an overview of the interfaith youth movement and share stories of the impact that this effort is having in the US and around the world. KCIYA leaders will share information on past and planned efforts in Kansas City to mentor youth leaders through community service and the building of relationships among those of different faiths and backgrounds.

3) For high school youth only:

  • Training program on Religious Pluralism + Faith Heros (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm): This workshop will bring together a select group of student leaders from across the KC metro area to interact and learn skills for finding common ground around shared values on which to build collaborative efforts of social action. Values such as compassion, hospitality, and caring for the Earth become cooperative service opportunities to engage across the boundaries of religious groups. The workshop will provide skills on how to encourage youth to work together through service projects, bringing people of different faiths together to take common action for the common good.