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Think Tank 2022

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Youth and Service

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras—RYS 2002 held the Thirteenth Friendship Americas Project in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. This 3 week journey began in Guatemala City where staff and 42 participants representing 16 countries and diverse religious traditions, took on a challenge whose outcome was a strong community that explicitly valued full and free communication, recognized cultural and social differences as strengths, and embraced diversity among its members.

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Moscow, Russia - On July 2, 2002 the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace presented 12 Ambassador for Peace certificates to runners and organizers of a Super-marathon whose participants are running from Moscow to Johannesburg, South Africa over the next two months under the title "With Love - to Peace and Harmony."

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Apia, Samoa—The RYS and the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace joined in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide a two day program of service, interfaith cooperation and character building.

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Tongatapu, Kindgom of Tonga—The RYS worked with the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace Youth on an initiative which brought together 65 church, NGO and youth leaders in a program involving public service, character education and interfaith cooperation.

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Nambucca Heads, Australia—With a goal of promoting Island Friendship and reconciliation between people, 55 enthusiastic representatives from seven nations joined together in working with a team of IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace in creating a community area Nambucca Heads, Australia that was for the benefit of local Aboriginal residents.

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Auckland, New Zealand—Members of various NGOs and from the Ratana Morehu Youth movement joined together in a leadership program that visioned out an action plan for interfaith service projects in New Zealand.

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Manresa, Sri Lanka - Thanks to a cease-fire between the government and the Tamil insurgents in December 2000, roads were opened to the public and people could begin to move somewhat freely around the country. However, even though there was a political will to settle deep-rooted problems, no effective mechanism had been created to bring people together to meet in heart and reconciliation. A Religious Youth Service project August 23-26, 2001 opened doors for that to happen.

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New York, USA -- From January 25 to 28, at the New York Sheraton and Manhattan Center, World Carp held a World Culture and Sports Festival. World Carp's mission is to encourage conscientious young people to live for the sake of others, by bridging the generations, and transcending the boundaries between races, nationalities and religions.

Conference sessions included presenters from a variety of backgrounds: Robin Graham, the Program Director of Global Team Together, gave a presentation on the strategic management of public service. Masashi Sano, treasurer and controller of two companies under United Vision Group, Inc., gave a beginners' introduction to financial concepts and their applications for non-profit organizations. Michael Inglis, a designer and publisher, spoke on how to find motivation to complete important tasks. Don Sardella, founder of the Institute for Leadership Development spoke on the application of leadership skills to everyday tasks. Russ Allen, CEO of Empowered Media, gave a presentation on the use of media in public relations, promotion, education and recruitment. Robbert Kittel, president of the Pure Love Alliance, gave a talk on the shortfalls of modern sex education and the need to teach abstinence. Tony Devine, vice-president of the International Educational Foundation, rounded out the presentations with a discussion on universal moral values.

Another highlight of the festival was a Lasting Love Conference, exploring the dream of a lasting world peace through the creation of healthy, God-centered families. The presentation connected the teachings of the IIFWP founders with those of other contemporary spiritual leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and the former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskoljd.

Finally, the Mister and Miss University beauty pageant was held. Unlike a typical beauty pageant, which focuses solely on physical attractiveness, this pageant encourages the pursuit of beauty based on a broad range of features, including intellectual acumen, international awareness, communication, service to others, morality and ethics.

The festival was a resounding success, drawing students from all over the United States as well as many other countries.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia—RYS helped on the construction of a 2-story kindergarten (for about 40 children) in a poor and remote area of Ulan Bator. Participants also did light construction work (with wood, cement and paint) inside and around the building, creating an outdoor toilet, making various toys for the children.

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Chinautla, Guatemala—In Chinaulta, the RYS worked with mayor Paramo and city council to target an area where a new school is most urgently needed. They selected a newly settled community on top of a very hilly area. There the RYS began construction on a school while it also worked to widen the road to allow access by school bus.

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Lira, Uganda—The series of projects launched this year by IRFF and RYS have helped attract the attention of the highest levels of Uganda government. The projects show that we are serious and capable of delivering a fine program that fits the needs of the country.

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Lagos, Nigeria—Over sixty five religious leaders, social activities and concerned youth leaders from six nations helped inaugurate the first RYS Africa Rising Program in Lagos, Nigeria on April 1-2.

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