Every single day, we are working hard to to protect and empower our refugee and immigrant youth and their families.
Dear MY Project USA Family,
There are a minimum of 1500 children in the Wedgewood apartments. About 700 boys. They are at high risk of drugs and gang violence. Sports is a great way to keep our youth away from drugs and gangs in an under-served neighborhood. That's exactly why, in addition to the Boy Scouts program, we have been working hard to start sports teams in the Wedgewood community.
By the grace of God, we have been able to launch our first soccer team a couple months ago: The Hilltop Tigers. It is consistent of 25 boys ages 12-14. Our soccer coach’s name is Siyat Mohamed and he is fully invested in these kids. Twice a week, they are practicing to get ready for their weekly games on Saturdays. But, not only are they just playing games, they are also keeping up with their school work and are enrolled into the Boy Scouts Program. Siyat Mohamed and the rest of the Wedgewood Youth Leaders are working very hard and they have become great mentors for this team.
These kids are at a challenging age and we are here to support them, to keep them safe, have their education flourish and keep them far away from the streets so they don’t get exposed and recruited to the gangs in their neighborhoods. They are learning how to be a better human being and productive citizens of the United States of America. They are learning that their project is USA, regardless of where their parents came from. They are learning that the US is now their home and its their duty to make it a better, stronger and peaceful home for everyone.Through our programs and services, we are making sure that each and every kid in our community has food to eat, decent clothes to wear and safe spaces to learn and grow.
We are in need of soccer equipment, soccer coaches and male tutors to help this team with their academics. Please let me know if you could help in any ways.
We are also in need of more funding. So far we have spent about $1400 on this team. We need to hire Coach Mohamed full time so he could help more kids and keep them away from gangs and drugs. With the community support. we aim to launch two more teams this year. Without that, it would not be possible for us to save our children. We are losing them by every single day and we need you all to come forward and help us before it is too late.
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
MY Project USA
Fostering Happy & Strong Families in Dayton Dayton Benefit Dinner with Mayor Nan Whaley
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
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.