70,000 Clients, 1.7 Million Meals & Snacks, 45,000 Community Service Hours And So Much More To Celebrate ... It's An Incredible Story Of An Amazing Community
Together We Have Built An Institution To Protect & Empower Youth And Families At So Many Fronts
As the Founder and the Executive Director of MY Project USA, it’s an honor to present to you the 2018 Annual Report of the organization. I am so very proud and humbled by the outstanding progress we have made in so many different areas, especially in addressing the violence in the Wedgewood Village Apartment on the Westside of Columbus and establishing MY Family Pantry as a youth leaders incubator and a great resource for food and other services in the Hilltop Neighborhood. Both of these initiatives could now be replicated in other neighborhoods/cities.
MY Project USA has been helping the Wedgewood Community since 2015 through various services. We selected it as our pilot neighborhood because of the large number of children that reside here and the challenges their families face everyday. In 2017, it was clear to us that our selection was right on point.
In the first seven months of 2017, there were seven shootings and seven homicides in Wedgewood. I dropped every thing else to protect and empower the kids and families in Wedgewood. I called upon the community and Columbus City Council to help and they both responded. Generous donations from the community poured in. Simultaneously City Council lend hand to support our initiatives.
That enabled me to work with so many awesome youth and adults that have been helping us to turn a violence-ridden neighborhood into a stable, safe, soccer community. I am glad that I did that and I am so pleased with the outcome. The crime rate has dropped significantly, several youth have been trained and acted as leaders and advocates for their own community, and the overall environment has changed from a violence-ridden fearful community to a more peaceful, sports loving community.
THIS IS OUR SUCCESS!!! Congratulations!!!
I want to thank and congratulate each and every partner, volunteer, donor and community member, young and old, boys and girls, for their role in bringing us to this day. Thank You.
Congratulations to MY Project USA youth leaders: Coach Siyat Mohamed, Samira Mohamud, Isha Hussein, Asha Bakari and Fadumo Mohamed for their hard work in the neighborhood and uplifting their Wedgewood community through their advocacy at the Columbus City Council earlier last year.
Thank you to the Columbus City Council, especially then Council President Pro-Tem Michael Stinziano and Councilmember Elizabeth Brown for their full support in turning this community for better. Thank you so very much.
Thank you to Commander Scott Hyland for his services to this community. Thank you to James Fogler of Wedgewood Administration for supporting our programs. Thank you to Russ Harris for his leadership in building a professional soccer program for our kids at Wedgewood.
Thank You to Farida Eid, Director of MY Family Pantry, and the entire team and all volunteers. You guys have set a very high standard for the quality community service in Columbus and around. We are so very proud of you. Thank you.
As we celebrate our progress today, we also renew our commitment to the Wedgewood children and families and other similar neighborhoods across Columbus, Dayton and Beyond. We will do everything possible in our capacity to protect and empower you.
Here's to another year of selfless, compassionate, quality community service, advocacy and civic engagement. Please continue supporting us however you may.
Hawkins, Shareef, Shalash, Eid, Mohamed and More Won Awards
Great Turn Out Of Elected Officials, Community Leaders, Activists & Community Members From Different Walks of Life
As expected, our Annual Dinner and the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, was a great success in so many ways. Great turn out of several elected officials, City and State employees, partner organizations, community leaders, activists, families and youth leaders. The Honorable Commissioner Kevin Boyce uplifted everyone with his humorous yet inspiring keynote speech. Franklin County's Auditor Elect Michael Stinziano, Columbus City Councilmembers Elizabeth Brown, Emanuel Remy, and Shayla Favor also spoke highly about our organization and helped present the awards to the winners.
Our event was sponsored by Islamic Society of Greater Columbus and Yuliya Kotova of Real Estate Stars.
Other honorable guests included Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath, Franklin Township Trustee Aryeh Alex, Women's March on Washington's Ohio Chapter's Chair Rhiannon Childs, March for Our Lives Columbus's co-founder Erick Bellomy, US House Candidate Rick Neal, Westside Leader Nancy Day-Achauer, Noor Islamic Cultural Center's Adil Katabay, Chrys Gee's parents and family, Invisible District 12's leaders and organizers and many others.
Various Outstanding Leaders, Community Activists and Volunteers were nominated for various Awards. This list includes: Erick Bellomy, Bayan Shalash, Thomas Cartwright, Mary Louise Hawkins, Rhiannon Childs, Helen Stewart, Nora Balduff, Tiffany Sigler Rumbaski, Siyat Mohamed, Mia Lewis, Dr. Mohammed Shareef, Farida Eid, Heba Raslan, Qali Ahmed, Maryam Habul, Safa Mohamed, Rahaf Shalash, Waseem Naboulsi, Laura Eldour, Anera Zec, Mubina Tashfeen, Momina Tashfeen, Khalil Qutifan, Omar Dahshi, and Zinia Rehman. The recipients were chosen per the selection criteria of each award. Regardless of who received the awards, we congratulate all nominees and winners alike. Our Awards Book is in making and it will highlight all nominees and winners.
Dayton Muslim Youth Gearing To Launch Their Own Initiatives
First Youth Summit At ISGD Will Be A Ground Breaking Event
Dayton Muslim Youth Summit is for all youth between the age of 11-25.
If you fall in this category, come over to find who you are in Dayton and and what you want to become. Dayton is our home. It offers so much to us and our families. It's our turn to see what it needs from us to become a better, more peaceful and safer home for all.
Come over to meet with the youth leaders representing various organizations and causes. Hear them out and decide for yourself, where you would like to invest yourself. More details are coming soon.