Prophet Mohammad (may peace be upon him) said 1500 years ago: “Treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.” He built a community himself that saved and empowered women and girls of his time and in the generations to come. As Muslims, we follow his example and try to do anything possible to help our women.
Women education and empowerment is at the core of our work as we organize communities and provide social services to protect and empower our youth. Through our several programs, we are currently empowering about 70 immigrant/refugee women/girls of all ages.
We are also focusing on the issues like Domestic Violence, FGM, underage marriages and sex trafficking that are detrimental in the progress and empowerment of our women.
We ask our community to help us through their prayers, volunteer times and donations.
Please donate now to show your support to women and girls in our programs
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
Founder & Executive Director,
MY Project USA
Unfortunately, some people have allowed hate and fear to drive their actions -- an anonymous person has started a change.orgpetition calling on the City of Columbus to shut down the Wedgewood community, which has a large population of Somali Muslim immigrant and refugees.
This petition has become an online ground for hundreds of people to spew hate against the Wedgewood community. Our Unity March is to trump their hate by showing love and support to the children and families in this apartment complex. We will march through the community to show that we support the MY Project USA's young leaders of the Wedgewood Village working together to build a safer, healthier, more equitable community.
A Benefit Dinner To Support Orphans, Refugees & Needy In Dayton
This event is for the entire Community. Its purpose is to kick off the efforts to address hunger, poverty, domestic violence, drugs, gangs, unemployment and many other social issues within Dayton Muslim and non-Muslim Community both. This initiative is being launched per the request of Mayor Whaley and it’s in collaboration with all major Dayton Muslim organizations. This work would be done under MY Project USA Dayton Chapter.
Shannon Isom, President & CEO, YWCA Dayton
Dr. Khalid Kebbati, Executive Director of Noor Islamic Cultural Center
Zerqa Abid, Founder & Executive Director of MY Project USA
Book Your Seat Now, Seats Are Limited
Early Bird Sale Ends On March 15
Main Hall: $50/seat
Book a Table. Save $50
Table of 10: $450/Table
Students (Age 11 & Up): $35/Seat
Childcare (under 11 year old): $25/child
Our Youth Leaders Join Forces With Columbus Organizers To Bring Peace To Their Neighborhood
This week, our Wedgewood youth leaders started a restorative circle with the help of some of the best movers and shakers in Columbus.
In the first session, they learned how to hold restorative circles as part of our work together to restore and unite our neighborhood against violence.
Thanks to Molly Shack, Lanna Smith and Katelyn Jackson for organizing it. Amber Evans from People’s Justice Project came over to help our youth leaders stepping up the next level of organizing and uplifting their community. Yolanda Friedson, Fanisha Page, Susanna Warren and others also brought a lot of insight to the discussion.
MY Project USA- Dayton chapter is looking for a part-time Outreach coordinator and Executive Assistant for their Dayton office.
The Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) works directly under the supervision of the Executive Director. This individual is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships through community outreach activities. They reach out to Dayton Muslim organizations, social services and other agencies to build relationship through social events and mutual community services projects. This individual also develops sponsorship/business arrangements and relationships with businesses, individuals, schools and other organizations interested in collaborating with MY Project USA in addressing drugs, gangs, family violence, gun violence and other issues by protecting and empowering youth and families in the underserved, refugee and immigrant communities.
Wedgewood Youth Programs Boy Scouts of America | Reading Warriors | Girls Clubs
We have 125 kids enrolled in our weekly programs and more kids joining the program every week. We are focused on our Wedgewood and Hilltop community.
On mondays Wedgewood Middle School with our Boy Scout troops. From 3:30-6:30pm, the first three hours we have movie time and homework help and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
On Friday, we are at Eakin Elementary School with our Boy Scouts. From 3:30-6pm, the first two and a half hours we have homework help and educational game stations and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
Wedgewood Reading Warriors:
On Tuesdays, we are at the Wedgewood office with our Wedgewood Warriors. This is a program that was started by our very own Samira Mohamud and Wedgewood Youth Leaders two years ago and till this day they continued this book club with many kids who are locked out of their homes after school.
Eakin Girls Club Meetings for elementary school girls ar on Friday at Eakin Elementary. We are there from 3:30-6pm, the first two and a half hours we have homework help and educational game stations and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
On Friday night, we are at the Wedgewood office from 6:30-8pm with our Wedgewood Youth Leaders and girls 14+ for Girls’ Night. During this hour and a half, we bond with our amazing girls and have heart to heart venting sessions.
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.