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Religious Youth Service

RYS Organizes a Leadership Seminar in Jamaica

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Kingston, Jamaica – Senior Advisors Ron and Sherry Burr and Educator Ana Olson led the educational portion of the program. Newly appointed International Director, Daniel Bessell, gave a dynamic presentation on orchestrating the logistics for a successful project.

RYS undertakes to stimulate interreligious and intercultural cooperation and understanding. It brings together young adults representing their religions and nations in service to others, with the goal of fomenting deep friendships that naturally create a culture of peace.

The RYS Leadership Seminar was held July 26-30 in Kingston, Jamaica. Fifteen young leaders from seven different nations and four different faiths met at the Springburn House, a Christian retreat center. The participants attended by invitation only and were chosen for the interest they have shown in previous RYS projects, as well as for their leadership ability. The seminar was largely funded by the generosity of one of the youth leaders, Diesa Seidel, who fundraised for RYS by collecting donations of support through her NYC marathon run in 2005.

All participants attended sessions on designing projects, on presenting the exercises for orientation, reflection and meditation, and on organizing the logistics for projects. Immediately after the Leadership Seminar, the Jamaica RYS 2006 program became the hands-on training for these leadership participants, as they took major responsibilities in running that program.

Participants: 15 Staff Members: 5
Religions Represented: 5 Nations Represented: 7

July 26-30, 2006

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