NewGround is excited to be joining forces with Youth Service America (YSA) on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) taking place this year on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
By Youth for Youth: Local Muslim and Jewish Teens Build Tents of Hope
Los Angeles, CA— Young Muslims and Jews in Los Angeles want the relationship between the two communities to be defined by shared stories and partnerships for service and social justice.
The current cohort of NewGround’s Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC) leadership program is part of the Global Youth Service Day 2015 initiative, joining forces with Youth Service America. The MAJIC youth change-makers are locally partnering with the Jewish World Watch's (JWW) Walk to End Genocide on Sunday, April 19, 2015. NewGround’s change-makers will walk as a team and lead a "Tents of Hope" project, which is a part of the "Little Ripples" program to promote a positive ripple effect locally and globally. The "Little Ripples" program is a pre-school program for that provides Darfurian refugee children with critical early learning experiences. "Tents of Hope" are canopies designed and decorated in the US and sent to “Little Ripples” schools. The tents provide a place where 7,300 children ages 2-6 can engage in learning and play activities, in a safe and nurturing environment without being exposed to extreme heat.
At the global village, MAJIC change-makers will encourage walk participants to work together to design a colorful tent for Darfurian children. There will also be friends of NewGround participating in this project, including NewGround board member, Judge Halim Dhanidina, and Councilmember Ali Sajjad, City of Artesia. Tents of Hope will be created as Jews and Muslims come together to help Darfurian children have a safe play space.