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IFYC feels it's making some inroads in defusing some of the raw debate and getting more youth to take a different, more open-minded approach to religion and fold some community service into their efforts.
IFYC was founded in 2001 with a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
The students had a chance to hear speeches from administration officials and then were trained to run the Better Together campaign, an initiative of the IFYC, on their campuses.
The IFYC is what we consider its hub, and we work to catalyze interfaith youth action, as well as introduce the idea into the policy and government worlds.
The Humanist: Do IFYC members share and discuss their religious beliefs and is there any focus on religious education through the IFYC?
Last year, IFYC worked with 150 youth-focused institutions and trained twenty-three thousand young people and their allies.
IFYC also organizes the Chicago Interfaith Youth Council, a group of high school and college students who meet weekly to talk about their faith and volunteer together.
In the two intensive sessions, we trained these campus leaders to speak out about the importance of interfaith cooperation in the world and on campus, mobilize their peers to participate in interfaith action on a chosen social issue and sustain these efforts on campuses across the country through IFYC's "Better Together" interfaith action campaign.
* Moustafa Moustafa, a young Muslim, is another IFYC Fellows alumnus and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Eboo Patel, the founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), who articulated the present need for interfaith dialogue in a post-9/11 world which was desperately in need of a language through which people of faith could articulate their religious traditions to their neighbors and build bridges of understanding between faith communities.
It was in recognition of this dire situation that a group of religiously diverse young people founded the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) in 1998.
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