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Interfaith Youth Alliance Movement​ (IYAM)





IYAM, or the Interfaith Youth Alliance Movement, was launched by students from Madonna C.S.S. who attended the Parliament of World Religions in November 2018.


Here is the genesis of their vision:


As Toronto Catholic District School Board students we are inspired by our three year pastoral plan, “Rooted in Christ: we Belong, we Believe, we Become”. In the time that we celebrate belonging, we hope to build and foster a global sense of community through interfaith dialogue. While attending the Parliament of World Religions we were inspired by Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, and the work they do. We witnessed presentations from speakers of diverse backgrounds, interacted with representatives from many faith traditions, enjoyed a langar meal hosted by the Toronto Sikh community, and celebrated faith traditions through music, dance, and visual arts. From this enriching event, we had the idea of continuing this interfaith experience by bringing together youth of different faith traditions. We hope to model it on the Interfaith Youth Core following that has gained strength and momentum in the United States.


Our goal is to create opportunities for youth to connect and bond with people of diverse worldviews and faith traditions. We hope this will help youth foster a better appreciation of others, make a deeper connection to their own understanding of faith, celebrate our commonalities and differences, and work together on issues to create stronger compassionates communities.


Want to join and stay connected with IYAM?

Email:  iyamtoronto@gmail.com

Twitter and Instagram:  @iyamtoronto


Past Interfaith Youth Alliance Movement Events:


Launch of IYAM - Video and Program (March 2019)

IYAM Dialogue at The Mary Ward Centre with Kekashan Basu, Founder of Green Hope Foundation and UN Human Rights Champion (May 2019)

IYAM Advent Celebration  (December 2019)

Interfaith Festival of Creation (Interfaith Harmony Week 2020)

Extending Our Embrace  (Interfaith Harmony Week 2021)

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