The Social Change Movement Continues and Grows in the Wedgewood Apartments
My Project USA Family,
Happy New Year to You and Yours.
At MY Project USA, we are excited to start our new year with a well-deserved recognition of our hard and unprecedented work by Columbus Dispatch and the Columbus Police
Due to the dense population of undeserved Muslim refugees in the Wedgewood Village Apartments on the westside of Columbus, we had it as our pilot neighborhood from the very beginning. But last year, due to several shootings and 7 homicides involving young Somali Muslims in this apartment complex, it became our top priority. I dropped every other commitment and focused on the Wedgewood only. By the grace of God, slowly but gradually, we are seeing the results of our hard labor. We have now been noticed by the authorities and media as well.
These are God's blessings and we pray that He accept it from all board members, trustees, donors, volunteers, staff and supporters of MY Project USA. May He make 2018 more productive and peaceful year for us. We hope that this year we would deal with less violence and more accomplishments by our children and families. May this year bring more power to our underserved communities. Amen
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
Founder & Executive Director,
MY Project USA
'Columbus’ deadliest location: Hilltop apartment complex focus of efforts by police, residents'
On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, we woke up to an amazing story covering our organization's hard work! Thank you so much to The Columbus Dispatch for covering our Spruce Up Day Movement and for shining a light on the hard work that has been achieved throughout 2017.
It's sad to say that it has been the deadliest year in Columbus with 143 deaths and Wedgewood Village Apartments has been Columbus' deadliest location. But, instead of talking about all the bad, The Columbus Dispatch has shinned light on the positive and amazing work that has been done inside the neighborhood and apartment complex.
Thank you to Zerqa Abid for being such a great mentor and amazing community leader. Her perseverance and optimistic attitude has made so many of the youth leaders change their ways and also join the social movement.
Thank you to our Field Coordinator Samira Mohamud and Program Coordinator Khadija Ibrahim and the rest of the youth/parent leaders for being such great role models for the younger children in the neighborhood. We are so proud of you.
And thank you to the rest of the MY Project USA's team members for making MY Project USA a safe and prosperous environment for everyone.
Fostering Happy & Strong Families in Dayton Dayton Benefit Dinner with Mayor Nan Whaley
Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with the honorable Mayor Nan Whaley and other esteemed guests as we gather to "Foster Happy & Strong Families in Dayton."
Shannon Isom, President & CEO, YWCA Dayton
Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed Albadani, MuslimNama Inc. Houston, TX
Zerqa Abid, Founder & Executive Director of MY Project USA
Youth Performances & More
The proceeds of this dinner will help replicate Columbus's work in Dayton.
Seats are Limited. Book Please book your seat now.
MY Project USA's Annual A Benefit Dinner 2018 To Protect & Empower Columbus Youth & Families Save $10/Seat Now. Early Bird Sale Ends on January 31st
Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with the honorable Representative Adam Miller, Councilmember Michael Stinziano, Councilmemebr Elizabeth Brown, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support Columbus Youth and Families.
BOOK YOUR SEATS NOW AND SAVE A LOT
EARLY BIRD SALE- Sale Ends on January 31st Main Event $65/Seat - Save $10/Seat
Book A Table Now - Save $150
Table of 10: $600/Table
- Columbus City Council
- Columbus City Schools
- City of Dayton - City Government
- Welcome Dayton
- Muslim Students' Association at The Ohio State University
- United Way of Central Ohio
- Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
- YWCA Dayton
- Friends of the Hilltop
- Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone
- Central Ohio Rescue and Restore
-Central Ohio Worker Center - Centro de Trabajadores de Central Ohio
-St. James Episcopal Church Clintonville
-International Socialist Organization - Columbus
-People's Justice Project
-The Salvation Army in Central Ohio
-Hilltop Community Worship Center
Boy Scouts of America| Reading Warriors| Girls Clubs
We have 87 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.