Youth Speak Out in Queens July 7: Young New Yorkers Gather to Build an Inclusive City

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Youth Speak Out

The 32nd Rabbi Marshall Meyer T. Retreat for Social Justice

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Are you a young New Yorker or youth group leader? Religious, secular, spiritual, or somewhere in between? Interested in diversity, and the future of the city we love? Want to meet your peers from other faith communities? Concerned about the current climate of religious bigotry and xenophobia?

The Youth Speak Out conference is the 32nd Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreat for Social Justice, The Interfaith Center of New York’s flagship program for local community leaders. This one is for the leaders of tomorrow – young New Yorkers, age 14 to 24, of all religious or secular backgrounds. Please join us to meet your peers from diverse communities, share your experiences of growing up in New York, learn from youth leaders and each other, and develop positive responses to the recent rise in religious bigotry and xenophobia.

What: Learn from youth leaders and each other. Share your story, speak your mind. Visit the city’s oldest and largest Hindu temple. Meet your peers from diverse communities. Work together to fight religious bigotry and build a more inclusive city.

Who: Diverse New York high school and college students, grassroots religious leaders, and faith-based activists such as:

Imam Khaled Latif, Chaplain at New York University, and for the NYPD

Rishi Singh, Director of Youth Organizing, DRUM (South Asian Organizing Center)

Aber Kawas, Lead Youth Organizer, Arab American Association of New York

When: Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 9 am – 5 pm.

Where: The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne Street, in Flushing, Queens.

Why: The Future of New York Depends on Us All!

Practical Details:

Transportation will be available to the Hindu Temple Society of North America (also known as the Ganesh Temple) in Flushing, Queens. We will offer bus service from a central location in Manhattan, and/or shuttle service from the Flushing/Main Street stop on the #7 subway line. Or if you’d rather travel yourself, here’s the Temple on Google Maps:

Vegetarian lunch and snacks will be provided for all participants at the Ganesh Temple Canteen.

Questions? Contact Iman Boukadoum, the Interfaith Center of NY’s Director of Community Partnerships, at 212-870-3515 or


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