Signature Student & Youth Initiatives

 

Modeled after Interfaith Philadelphia’s 10 years of experience leading Interfaith Alternative Break trips for college and high school students, the Youth Interfaith Leadership Summit will provide Chester County youth with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills and tackle issues of diversity. This three-day service learning program will provide high school students with the core curriculum and skills from our Walking the Walk Youth Initiative while also learning more about the religious and cultural diversity in their community through experiential visits to local faith communities.

The Walking the Walk Youth Initiative is a nationally-recognized initiative that provides teenagers with experiences, skills, and resources necessary to live in a diverse world, deepen their own identities, and break through walls that distance and divide them from people of other religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Our Alternative Break program brings students to Philadelphia for a week of community service, leadership learning, and interfaith encounters. Students who participate in this program experience personal growth by confronting their preconceived notions of “the other," which are then transformed into a deeper respect for diversity and difference which goes beyond mere tolerance.

Alumni events include service-learning projects, speaking opportunities at public events, and leadership workshops. Some alumni serve as Student Group Leaders, working as assistants for their Walking the Walk network, while others are involved with the Alumni Communications Team or other opportunities.

Interfaith Philadelphia provides youth the place and space to learn about the vibrant diversity in their wider community while strengthening their own identity and leadership skills. This summer camp includes field trips to various local cultural and faith communities, educational workshops focused on leadership and communication, and the opportunity to engage in a week-long creative arts project as a way to express themselves and what they learn throughout the week.

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