Across 2017-2018, IFN has been carrying out a programme called 'Connect: Inter Faith Engagement of Young People'.
The programme began in October 2017 and led to the publication in summer 2018 of a new edition of IFN’s popular and well-regarded publication: Connect: A youth Inter faith action guide. The new Connect guide is full of ideas and case studies to inspire young people wanting to get involved in inter faith activity – or to deepen their existing involvement. It covers a wide range of activity: from dialogue and social action to sport, arts and culture and more. It also includes pointers to sources of further information.
The new Guide was launched at a special youth-focussed National Meeting of IFN on 5 July.
Young people played a key role in the National meeting, including as speakers, workshop presenters and discussion facilitators. A report on the day will be published soon.
The programme was carried out with the assistance of an Advisory Group, which was co-facilitated by IFN Trustee Padideh Sabeti and youth co-facilitator, Jaskiran Kaur Mehmi. Five focus group sessions for young people aged 16-25 were held in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London, and views were also gathered in through polls on social media and a questionnaire which was sent to organisations working with young people.
This programme of work builds upon past projects in this area.
In 2002, as part of national Golden Jubilee celebrations, IFN held the UK’s first national youth inter faith forum. In 2004, IFN published Connect. Despite its age, this continues to be widely used, and updating it is a key part of the current programme.
More recently, in 2014, IFN held a special day event for youth inter faith practitioners: Young voices, young agents for change. This resulted in the creation of a number of dedicated website materials, which can be found here.