Instruction for Organizing a LEADD Program

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Ice Breaker activities
Supreme Court Cases
History of Religious Liberty in the US
Living with religious pluralism in the the most religiously diverse country in the world.
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Past LEADD Programs
United World College- Montezuma, NM- 2012
Grand Rapids, MI- 2012
Northern VA - 2012
Austin TX area - 2011
Fresno, CA area - 2011
Monmouth County, NJ - 2011
United World College- Montezuma, NM- 2010
Minneapolis/St Paul, MN-2010
New York City Area Warwick, NY- 2010
Tampa FL- 2009
Oklahoma City, OK- 2009
Tampa FL- 2008
Washington DC- 2008
Reisertown, Maryland- 2007
Highland,NC- 2006
Highland, NC- 2005

LEADDers on the Hill

LEADD (Leadership Education Advancing Democracy and Diversity) was an innovative program for high school students developed by members of the Interfaith Alliance and a dedicated group of volunteers who acted as founders, curriculum planners, teachers and workshop leaders since from 2005 to 2012. Students who attended LEADD became immersed in the history of the First Amendment, particularly its Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses. The First Amendment is the foundation of America’s unique devotion to religious liberty and the hope in and vision for creating a truly pluralistic American society. Students learned about current policy, legislative and legal issues regarding religious freedom. In 2014 we are put the LEADD program resources on the website to enable local communities to use the curriculum and lessons we have learned over the course of seven years.
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August 2012 LEADD Featured in The Grand Rapids Press!

Kent County interfaith teen seminar grounds kids in their own religion, opens their eyes to others

Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 2:00 PM     Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012, 2:02 PM

By Charley Honey | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- After seeing her religion attacked in the worst way, Jasleen Kaur found it healing just to have a place to talk about it.

She talked to a dozen other high school students last week about her Sikh faith, as they did about their Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, in a youth leadership workshop hosted by the Kent Intermediate School District. For Jasleen, a Forest Hills Northern junior, the three-day seminar provided welcome support following the Aug. 5 murder of six Sikh worshippers by a white supremacist in Oak Creek, Wis.

“It just hurts when you hear people who don’t know anything about your religion going out there and killing you,” said Jasleen, 15, during a lunch break. “Being born into this beautiful religion, you don’t expect anything like that happening.”

She had sympathetic listeners in Sarah Mageed, a Muslim, and Madeline Reeves and Ceara (cq) Hillary, both Catholics. All take their faith seriously and don’t want to see anyone else’s attacked, figuratively or literally.

Small-Community Style Politics

Eliza BlanchardI am from Vermont, a state so small that politics have to be civil. It’s much harder to run an attack ad against your opponent when most of the voters in the state will have met that opponent, and seen first-hand that he or she is not actually a monster; it’s much harder to believe an attack ad when the person being attacked is your neighbor, coworker, or friend. I believe that a large percentage of the incivility in today’s political environment comes from a sense of disengagement. The average voter will never get to meet the candidates for president, so why shouldn’t we believe what we hear about them in the media? The media is, after all, the only contact we have with presidential candidates.

But in Vermont – and other small communities – we get to meet the candidates for political office, have conversations with them, and decide for ourselves whether we agree with their positions. In 2006 both candidates for the House of Representatives seat, Democrat Peter Welch and Republican Martha Rainville, vowed to never launch a personal attack against one another. They kept that vow, and their campaign was more engaging and substantive than any other campaign that I’ve followed. I ended up respecting both candidates more than I ever would have if they had been uncivil to one another.


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Our August, 2012 LEADD in Grand Rapids, Michigan was featured in the local news, click here to read the article! Click here for more information on what a LEADD training could look like in your community.


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