Signature Student & Youth Initiatives
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. (Year-long: October 2020 - April 2021)
A mosaic celebrates both the uniqueness of an individual tile and the collective pattern of many tiles together. This is the driving vision behind Interfaith Youth Neighborhood Mosaic; it is a celebration of an individual’s identity and the richness that identity brings to a diverse community. Through this exciting initiative, middle school-aged youth spend one week exploring the rich diversity of South Philadelphia and gaining skills to engage across lines of difference.
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.