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Keynote Speaker, Honorable Judge Paul Herbert, Franklin County Municipal Court
Dr. Malika Haque of Noor Community Clinic To Receive Deah's Excellence In Community Service & Leadership Award
Sixteen More Awards for Youth Leaders
In 2017, MY Project USA has become a mainstream Muslim Social Services & Civic Engagement Organization. We are working hand in hand with our interfaith and social justice partners to bring prosperity and hope to the under-served communities in Columbus. At our annual dinner, we will celebrate our accomplishments. We will also re-energize our base and will raise money to continue and grow our work to the next level. Please join us and bring your family and friends with you.
They Strive To Build A Safe, Clean, Educated and Prosperous Community At Wedgewood and Beyond
At MY Project USA, we are super proud and blessed to work with an incredible group of individuals, that have stepped up to change the situation of their own community in the Wedgewood Village Apartments on the westside of Columbus. Regardless of the 17 shootings and 7 homicides in their neighborhood last year, these young people have risen up to the challenge. They are working very hard to make Wedgewood a better, cleaner and safer community.
Our organization in general is focused on Empowering individuals regardless of their age, gender, faith, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Youth Empowerment and Youth Leadership Development is our top priority though. Currently we have two different sets of youth that are being trained as leaders through different initiatives. MY Family Pantry leaders are college students that are being trained to run community initiatives and build organizations. Whereas the Wedgewood Youth Leaders are all highschool students that are being trained, at this point, to become community organizers and advocates for their own community.
These amazing individuals are the real Wedgewood leaders and their efforts should be admired. They have risen up from being just a teenager to the community leaders and organizers in their under-served neighborhood. They have taken up the roles of tutors, teachers, mentors, big sisters/ big brothers organizers, advocates, and Boy Scout Leaders. In the past few months, they have been in the meetings, workshops and job trainings at MY Deah's store/warehouse, Wedgewood office and around the Hilltop area. They have taken little kids under their wings and have been organizing parents to kick off a social change movement in their community.
This Sunday, they will be receiving Deah's Community Service Awards and Deah's Change Maker Award. If you are in Columbus, please join us at this occasion. Your presence will encourage them to keep up their good work.
If you can't join us please send your gifts online. Without your presence and financial support, we will not be able to continue fostering them for much longer.
Thank you for being a part of this journey.
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
MY Project USA Board,
Morgen Morrissette, Naser Saadeh, Dr. Sarah Hussein and Zerqa Abid
We Need $199,000 To Protect & Empower 250 Children, 50+ Youth Leaders & 50 Households - Would You Help?
MY Deah's Warehouse is a Path To Self Sufficiency - With Your Help, We Could Start Funding Other Organizations By 2020
By the grace of God, in 2017, we were able to improve our system to take care of the basic/short-term needs, food, clothing, urgent help with rent, bills, etc., and we started providing long-term solutions through education, trainings and employments. We served more than 30,000 clients last year. Our annual report is now available on our website for you to see the impact of our work in one year.
In 2018, we would like to sustain what we have grown in 2017, but we would like to invest more on program sides and increasing our human capacity in the workforce. We aim to have more people empowered within our target communities.
2018 Program Goals:
In 2018, our main focus program-wise would be on these programs:
Highschool Education Committee to help them graduate on time and to help them address any issues at their school . This committee will also keep youth away from drugs and gangs.
Youth Leaders Development to foster these youth as the leaders, mentors, counselors and big brother, big sisters of their own community.
Resident Council Training & Development to help refugee and less– informed residents understand their rights and responsibilities, so they could help foster a healthy and safe environment for their families. This council would also help address the crimes in the neighborhood as well.
Parent Education to empower refugee and less-informed parents with the skills and knowledge that could help them raise their children as healthy and productive American citizens.
MY Deah’s Warehouse to become a self sufficient organization by 2020. We are following the model of Goodwill Stores. Donations collected from the community are given to the needy community members or are being sold to help empower the community members through other services.
2018 Capacity Building Goals
We Aim to Double Our Services
Wedgewood Youth Leaders
Wedgewood Resident Leaders
Soccer Team (s)
Employees & Interns
Children/Youth in Programs
2018 Civic Engagement Goals
Women Empowerment, Gun Violence, Environment Protection & More
This year, we will train youth to become leaders in their areas of interest. We will partner with many organizations to work with mainstream communities focusing on the following areas.
Voter Registration & Turning Out Vote in Elections
Immigration Rights & Sanctuary Movement
Gun Safety & Prevention of Gun Violence
Environment Protection with special Focus on Clean Water Preservation in Columbus
Women Empowerment with special Focus on
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
We are looking for youth leaders to take lead in this initiatives. We will provide them training and support they might need.