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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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Anse la Raye, St. Lucia - International volunteers joined with 14 St. Lucians Aug. 7-17, 2010, in a Friendship Americas project that included rebuilding homes of senior citizens.

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Religious Youth Service Director John Gehring visited Hong Kong and Macau after the May 7-16, 2010 project in Thailand and met with students, religious leaders, and peace activists to explore avenues of interest in Religious Youth Service programs.

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Tamale, Ghana - In the conflict zone of northern Ghana, UPF and Religious Youth Service organized a youth seminar on July 6 and peace rally on July 8, 2010, in coordination with the Community Partnership for Youth and Women Development.

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Bangkok, Thailand - On May 17, the turmoil of a political conflict was spilling into violence in one section of Bangkok. In another section of the city the UPF invited me as International Director of Religious Youth Service to make a presentation about our service-learning activities to leaders from 16 nations of South and South-East Asia.

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Plaeng Yao, Chacheongsao Province, Thailand - Young adults from 10 nations representing five religions came to the rural area of Thailand where the local school had only four classrooms for six grades. When they left the village, they had dramatically elevated the four classrooms nearly four meters, in order to create space below for four new rooms-more than enough space to allow the children to study together with their peers.

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Chacheongsao, Thailand - Government officials, Ambassadors for Peace, Muslim leaders, and students welcomed volunteers with Religious Youth Service who are helping to renovate the Prachanukhro School.

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Miami, USA - Approximately 35 community leaders attended a symposium in Miami about plans for a youth enrichment camp near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, sponsored in party by Religious Youth Service Aug. 15-29, 2010.

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Tarrytown, NY, USA - The Universal Peace Federation announces that Rev. John W. Gehring has been appointed as the International Director of the Religious Youth Service.

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Portland and Kingston, Jamaica - Eleven young people from the US traveled to Jamaica for a Religious Youth Service project Feb. 22-March 7, 2010, that included building fence in Portland, painting fences and walls in Kingston, making home visits, participating in a forum and making trips to historic sites.

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Saramacca, Suriname - The Maria Internaat, is a girls' home run by Catholic nuns in Suriname. On September 18-20, 2009, RYS alumni collaborated with the Suriname Youth Parliament to assist the nuns in setting up a cattle farm.

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Newark, New Jersey, USA - United Initiatives for Peace in partnership with the City of Newark Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual “You Got Schooled” tournament at Central High School in Newark, NJ. For two consecutive years, Religious Youth Service has been a part of the “You Got Schooled” tournament by conducting a Peace Mosaic project on site.

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Darjeeling, India - Twenty-nine RYS participants, representing various faiths and cultures, gathered to construct a community center of about 1,100 sq. ft for the needy peoples of three villages, thereby providing a much-needed meeting place. Ongoing efforts are being made in the development of a global peace village, and to encourage villagers to become effective decision-makers in the development of their own communities. The community center will also be equipped with important information concerning health and education.

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