• Social Innovation Fellowship

Award Year 

Interfaith Youth Literacy Initiative

The Interfaith Youth Literacy Initiative (IYLI) aims to bring together high school students from diverse religious backgrounds to serve their local communities. With ¨literacy¨as the Initiative’s driving force - students of diverse faith backgrounds work to become more religiously literate through interactions with one another while also developing and implementing an English language literacy campaign in a local Providence elementary school. IYLI aims to serve as a community of service in which participating teenagers develop an interfaith peer networkworking towards ¨social change¨ a value that unites the major world religions.The group will meet weekly to volunteer and explore questions of religious identity together.  IYLI’s pilot program will be implemented in Providence over the course of the 2011/2012 academic year by three Brown University student volunteers: a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim. If proven successful, the IYLI model can be easily scaled by college student volunteers creating chapters in their respective cities – spreading religious and English language literacy across the country.