Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy
2021 – 2022 Fellow’s Community-Based Projects
In the final phase of the Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy, our fellows create their own community-based projects, applying the skills and insights they have developed in the program to address social justice issues that impact their faith communities or other New Yorkers. Upon approval of a brief written proposal, each fellow receives a $500 grant to support their project. Click here to apply for the 2022-2023 ICLA, and hopefully we’ll profile your project on this page.
Brown Girls Learn Scholarship Fund Event
Fundraising brunch to support the Brown Girls Learn Scholarship Fund — working to support educational, professional, and personal development for disadvantaged youth and young adults (ages 15-24) in underprivileged NYC communities. Our mantra is “Your success is designed and lived by you.”
HAJJ MOHAMED AMEN
Supporting Survivors and Victims’ Families Following the Twin Parks Fire
Working with religious and civic leaders in NYC’s Gambian immigrant community, this project will help meet the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of families displaced and traumatized by the devastating January 9th fire at the Twin Parks apartment building in the Bronx.
Afghanistan and the United States: What Next?
Townhall discussion at Manhattan College, bath and toiletry supply drive, and community-building picnic in Van Cortlandt Park – all to raise awareness of human rights issues surrounding the Afghanistan conflict, and support recently resettled Afghani refugees in Westchester and New York City.
REV. ANTOINNETTE DONEGAN
Voices from the Concrete: Anti-Gun Violence Forum and Artistic Expression Showcase
Two-part event with a community forum and artistic showcase for the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island, highlighting the importance of the local “Cure Violence” anti-gun violence program. Young people will be encouraged to express themselves artistically on issues that affect their community.
Conversations about Hate Crimes with Diverse Faith Leaders
Series of panel discussions with diverse NYC faith leaders to address the disturbing rise in hate crimes against people of faith, and show how impacted communities are responding. Speakers will share theological beliefs, personal insights, and practical suggestions regarding this troubling issue.
Faith-Infused Trauma Reduction in BIPOC LGBTQ Communities
Series of facilitated dialogues and an educational toolkit, to address some of the mental health and spiritual challenges faced by BIPOC LGBTQ individuals and communities. The dialogues and toolkit will provide support, offer healthy coping mechanisms, and help build positive relationships.
MAHTAB KHAN AND SAHAR ALSAHLANI
Interfaith Fight for a Green New Deal at the United Nations
Rally in Bryant Park and march to the United Nations, bringing faith communities together to support the Green New Deal and build a sustainable future. Speakers will address climate change from religious perspectives, and participants will come together for social action and relationship building.
JAIWANTIE DAVI LAKHNATH
Mental Health Awareness Workshops for Arya Samaj Children and Families
Series of two-day workshops at Arya Samaj temples in the NYC area, to promote awareness of the needs of children and families struggling with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Events will be held in May and June, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Interfaith Team Building and Fundraising for East End Temple / Ruth’s Refuge
A fundraising campaign to support teams of volunteers providing furniture and housewares for newly resettled refugees and asylum seekers. We will raise money and awareness by wrapping housewares and cleaning supplies in an attractive poster featuring logos of sponsoring organizations.
Health Education for Spanish Speakers in Latino Faith Communities
Three educational events addressing health disparities related to cardiovascular diseases, obesity and nutrition, and diabetes – held at predominantly Spanish-speaking, Latino churches in Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, to promote conversations about health and wellbeing in communities of faith.
Creating Resources for End-of-Life Community Care
Series of public programs to promote interfaith, community-driven discussions of end-of-life care, and develop multifaith understanding among end-of-life professionals. Everyone dies, but just as we live, we do not die equally. Faith leaders and caregivers will work together for justice in dying.
Racism is a Pandemic: Education and Action in Response to the Twin Parks Fire
Public program at Riverdale Presbyterian Church, combining education and advocacy in response to racial injustices revealed by the devastating January 9th fire at the Twin Parks apartment building in the Bronx.
Community Walks against Gun Violence in Harlem
Through community walks, diverse Harlem faith leaders will call for an end to gun violence and show young people at risk of shooting and being shot that they are loved. Community leaders will also build relationships that will them develop new programs to prevent gun violence in the future.