The Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG) is looking for dynamic and vibrant youth to apply for our next class of leaders!
In June 2010, ML Resources Social Vision, a venture philanthropy that invests and supports innovative pilot initiatives, and 9/11 Unity Walk, a not-for-profit organization that brings people of all backgrounds and faiths together to walk in unity, partnered to launch the Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG). IYAG is a pilot initiative in the Washington, D.C. area that builds on previous efforts by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faiths Act Fellows. It empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders in interfaith dialogue and service, guiding them to create their own year long community service initiatives with both a local and global expression, using the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as their platform.
Apply for IYAG
All rising high-school sophomores or juniors are invited to apply to the program! Check out www.theiyag.com for blog posts from our previous class of youth leaders.
To apply to become an IYAG high-school leader, please fill out the attached application and submit by email to Sana Saeed, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 11th, 2011 (DEADLINE EXTENDED).
Commitments: IYAG youth leaders will commit to the following activities over the course of the leadership year, August 2011 – June 2012:
1. Organize interfaith service projects or workshops in their community with their MDG group and the larger IYAG group.
2. Participate in ALL of IYAG monthly leadership training meetings focused on MDG’s.
3. Publicize activities and share progress on projects through regular blogging on the IYAG website, www.theiyag.com.
Time Commitments: We anticipate that selected youth leaders will spend about 2-3 hours a week working on IYAG-related commitments. Specific time commitments include:
A. 15 minutes every week, check-in with mentor by email or phone.
B. 3 hours every month, participation in IYAG leadership meetings.
C. Approximately 3 hours a month dedicated to the planning of service projects or workshops.
D. 1-2 hours per month, contributing ideas and writing articles for the IYAG Blog and other new sources partnering; including other networking activities.
Benefits and Opportunities: To help leaders fulfill these commitments and to develop your capacity as interfaith leaders, IYAG will:
1. Place youth in an MDG group with a mentor to develop service projects and be trained as leaders.
2. Organize a leadership retreat at the start of the IYAG year, as well as a service trip during Spring Break.
3. Provide youth with networking opportunities to meet important interfaith and non-profit leaders and organizations.
4. Publish youth on the www.theiyag.com website and on other publishing websites/news sources.
5. Provide orientation and relevant training materials as well as workshops to better assist youth in carrying out IYAG commitments.
PLEASE USE THIS APPLICATION TO APPLY: IYAG Youth Application