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Deah Barakat Awards Nomination Deadline Approaching Fast

Nominate Young & Old Community Volunteers & Leaders That Are Making Change In Your Community

Dear Community,

Deah's Community Service Award is given in honor of Deah Shaddy Barakat. A 23-year-old Syrian American that dedicated his life to humanitarian causes. He was a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University who had majored in business administration. In 2015, he was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry. He and ten other dental students were planning to travel to Turkey to treat Syrian refugees as part of a project organized by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Syrian-American Medical Society. He also worked to provide free dental supplies and food to the homeless in his spare time.

Unfortunately, he, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were brutally murdered by a neighbor on February 10th, 2015. This incident is known as the Chapel Hill Shooting. Collectively, they have been called and celebrated as Our Three Winners by their families, friends and the rest of the world.

All three of them were outstanding, caring, vibrant, beloved, bright young Americans working at home and abroad,  selflessly, to ease other people’s pain and to make this world a better place for everyone. Their short but well-lived, focused lives are great reminders for us all. May they all rest in peace and receive the highest rewards in the Heaven. Indeed they were all winners in this world and will be in the Hereafter.
I have been a family friend to the Barakat family since Deah was a child. His loss is very personal to me and to MY Project USA’s family. We have named our thrift store, “MY Deah’s” per the request of Deah Barakat’s father, Namee Barakat. From day one, we have been committed to further the legacies of Our Three Winners. 

In the last five years, we have had the privilege to work with several youth from different backgrounds. We have proudly fostered them and have seen them turn into awesome community leaders. We recognize that there are many Muslim youth across Central Ohio that might also be investing their time in helping other communities through other organizations. We would like to recognize their leadership and community service by presenting them with different awards honoring the legacy of Deah, Yusor and Razan. 

We are currently accepting nominations for our Award Ceremony which will take place at the Boat House on February 23rd, 2020. We have four prestigious awards that recognize and honor exceptional individuals who make volunteerism and community service a way of life. in Central Ohio. Those who exemplify the best in volunteering, a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems. Each award winner must be someone who make selfless and extraordinary contributions. in addition to those associated with their normal job duties, for the betterment of the local community and beyond.

These awards include:
1) Deah's Change Maker of The Year Award
2) Deah's Excellence in Community Service and Leadership Award
3) Deah's Community Service Award
4) The Chrys Gee Activist Award

The criteria of each award nomination is listed on our website along with a link to the nomination form. All nominations must be submitted online by 8:00 pm, Friday, February 10th 2020.  

I hope you will take some time to honor the legacy of Deah, Yusor and Razan by nominating  someone today. Please keep them and their families and friends in your prayers. Next 10 days will be very tough for all of us. 

In Solidarity with Youth & Families, 

Zerqa Abid, 
Founder & Executive Director, 
MY Project USA

Join Ohio Senator Tina Maharath, Rep. David Leland, Auditor Michael Stinziano, President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, Trustee Aryeh Alex, and Many More at Our Annual Banquet & Award Ceremony 2020

Five Year Celebration of Amazing Service and Advocacy  

Our Annual Banquet is not just a dinner, instead it is an amazing gathering of hundreds of inspiring individuals from all kinds of ethnic and cultural background. We gather the creme of Columbus to celebrate our youth, to renew our commitment to protect and empower them. This is a unique gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims who share the same values and are committed to uplift the most underprivileged youth and families within our communities.

The proceeds of this dinner help us save and empower hundreds of children right here in our own backyards through multiple services. 

Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with Elected Officials, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support and Celebrate Columbus Youth and Families. Book your tables today and bring your friends and families over. 

Early Early Bird Sale Ends on Jan 25.
Student Ticket: $30/Seat
Adult Ticket: $50/seat 
Book A Table - Save $30/Seat 
Table of 8: $360/Table 

More Info & Tickets Here

Youth Development:

The Reading Warriors: A Key To Academic Success For The Hilltop Community 

Evaluations On Reading and Comprehension

On Wednesday, January 22, our youth gathered for our first Reading Session of the Year.   

Reading Warriors Director Raifa Al-Hag Ali was able to recruit passionate individuals to join our team who are dedicating hours to ensure the programs relaunch was a success and continues to be a success in the future.

During last weeks program, our youth played the name game to learn each others name and we evaluated each Reading Warriors reading and comprehension skills. After our youth were evaluated, we wrapped up the evening with healthy snacks, juice and active play.

The First sessions was a huge success with over 15 youth attending the program! The reading warriors meet each Wednesday from  4PM -5:30 PM. 

If you would like to learn more about MY Project USA and our programs please visit our
Website, Facebook or you can join us at our Annual Dinner on February 23rd.
Make Reading Warriors A Part of Your Legacy
MY Deah's store

We Need Your New & Gently Used Clothes, Shoes, Toys & Books 


10 Locations In Columbus & 2 Locations in Dayton To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations

You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include: 

Noor Islamic Cultural Center -  5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016
Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab -  580 Riverview Dr, Columbus, OH 43202
Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229
Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Quick & Easy Mart -  4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus
MY Deah's Store - 3036 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204 - During Business Hours Only
MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228
Dayton Mercy Society -  2277 Maue Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Osman Gazi Mosque -  1508 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404

We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at

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Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Save These 2020 Dates Now

March 28, 2020 - Muslim Youth Town Hall 

April 14, 2020 - Muslim Youth Lobby Day

May 9, 2020 - Annual Iftar Dinner With Social Justice Advocates 

August 2, 2020  - Fall Festival for Wedgewood kids

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