Who We Are
IAY connects and unites diverse groups of people from all backgrounds so we can appreciate our differences, have empathy and understanding for each other, engage in dialogue, work together to create a better future for ourselves and others, and teaches us that religion does not define who we are as a community.
Hear from some of our current and past members what IAY has done for them.
“IAY has helped me to learn about myself, appreciate differences, and have empathy and understanding for others.” — Kara Mackay
“IAY has given me a deeper understanding about the differences but also the many similarities between our religions, and has helped me meet many kind people.” — Macey Gordon
“IAY is a place where everyone can come and just be who they are without having to try to blend in, we can all believe and think differently but still find comfort and acceptance.” — Katie Merlinger
“IAY is a place where everyone is welcome, and all of our unique aspects are highlighted and encouraged.” — Aleeza Bandukwala
“IAY has provided me the opportunity to simultaneously engage in dialogue with a group of great people while giving back to my Atlanta community.” — Brandon Buchalter
“In my time with IAY, I have been able to connect with people of all backgrounds and have a better appreciation for our differences.” — Maya Shatil
“IAY has taught me to notice how religion unites diverse groups of people to do good for the world.” — Ella Jeffres
“IAY have let me broaden my horizons and take a look into a variety of different faiths. From IAY, I was better able to engage in many different types of communities, which I greatly appreciate.” — Gay Wah
“IAY has really led me to experience other diverse cultures, and it taught me that our religion doesn’t define who we are as a community.” — Silver Moo
“IAY has made me experience the meaning of togetherness even if we are from different cultural backgrounds and races. It has also made me realize that we youths can really work together to create a better future for others.” — Besha Gurung