Religious Youth Service

UPF chapters organize Religious Youth Service projects that offer service-learning opportunities with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills. Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community, participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to come together in peace for our mutual well being.

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Asofa, Ghana – Kerim Tseney was honored by the management and directorate of a Ghanaian NGO - Peoples Environment Culture and Tourism (PECAT) to give a talk titled "The Role of RYS in Community Development" during the launching of the "Green and Clean Initiative," at Harlem International School Complex, in Asofa, a suburb of Accra.

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Utrecht, Netherlands - An intercultural youth project brought national and international participants to a Moroccan and Turkish immigrant section of Utrecht to help promote integration of immigrants into the Dutch culture July 7-17, 2008.

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Antigua, Guatemala - Global Peacemakers and Religious Youth Service organized a project in Antigua, Guatemala, July 1-11, 2008 that included learning peacebuilding skills, doing light construction work at a school and visiting historic sites.

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Two alumni of Religious Youth Service organized programs for middle school students in Choluteca, Honduras June 20-21, 2008, that included HIV/AIDS prevention education and planting 300 trees to counter deforestation.

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Portland, Jamaica - RYS joined hundreds of students and community members in Jamaica to celebrate the National Labor Day Project, May 23. The group worked tirelessly to plant over 500 vegetable 12 seedlings and 70 fruit trees, as well as to erect a greenhouse shed at the Buff Bay High School in Portland.

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Indonesia - Sixty volunteers took part in a Global Youth Service Day project April 23-27, 2008, in Indonesia, sponsored in part by Religious Youth Service, that included leadership training, visits to religious sites, building a multifunction hall and organizing a cultural evening.

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Montclair, New Jersey, United States  Students at Montclair State University took part in an RYS project in conjunction with Service for Peace’s “Peace on Earth Day” celebration, which was highlighted by the unveiling of their Mosaic Peace Bench. 

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Elubo, Ghana - By the conclusion of a Religious Youth Service project March 21-April 3, 2008, that included building a canteen for students at a school in Elubo, American and European volunteers had learned to sing local songs including the traditional national anthem in the vernacular - "Yen Ara Ya Asase Ni."

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Netherlands - Seeking to pass on the Religious Youth Service methodology to a younger generation of leaders, a "Train the Trainers" program was led by Drs. Ron and Sherry Hartman-Burr in cooperation with Carol Pobanz at a university in the Netherlands March 16-19, 2008.

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Chennai, India - Religious Youth Service's 2008 project in India, “I Can Change,” targeted renovation to a hostel which houses young underprivileged girls. The building, which is more than 100 years old, was in bad condition. The 30 enthusiastic participants did a great job renovating the building, giving it a much needed facelift.

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Jerusalem - A joint project between Religious Youth Service and Faith Link in Jerusalem Feb. 12-24, 2008, had a good mix of youth representing Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Unificationism and atheism.

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Perth, Australia – Fazida Razak, a member of the Religious Youth Service Global Management Team, spoke to teachers and students  at St John XXIII School in Perth, Australia, on Feb. 8, 2008 about her work with Religious Youth Service and the Interreligious Peace Sports Festival.

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