We believe that our middle and high school students are the next generation of interfaith leaders who offer the world a rich perspective and energy. Our programming offers a space for youth to connect with their peers, from different faiths and worldviews, who want to work together to make our world a better place. They too have a part in dismantling bias, assumptions, fear, and hate so our schools and communities may become places where everyone is valued, respected, and loved. The hope is that, out of this work, we will have given youth voices a place at the interfaith table to shape how Kaufman looks well into the future!
Kaufman Interfaith Leadership Scholars
Our Leadership Scholars program trains teenagers from greater Grand Rapids to become activators in the interfaith movement. Participants will deepen their understanding of West Michigan's diverse faith communities by engaging with one another’s traditions and cultures while developing leadership skills used to create grass-roots community impact. Participants are encouraged to develop their own passions and interests as they receive training from interfaith leaders.
This program is open to all students from 8th to 12th grade and runs throughout the school year, meeting every other week on Sundays from 3:00-430.
Students will be actively involved in shaping upcoming Kaufman Interfaith Institute programs.
Join the Kaufman Scholars to become the future of interfaith in West Michigan!
Interfaith Service Day Camps
Our Interfaith Service Day Camps provide an introduction to the world of interfaith leadership through visiting sacred sites and building community through service. Students will build friendships while working with a variety of service organizations doing incredible work in our community. It is an excellent opportunity to engage with peers and neighbors of a variety of cultures, traditions and world views.
Due to the Coronavirus, our 2020 Day Camps have been canceled. We look forward to 2021!
Week one is geared toward students new to interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural engagement while week two is designed for students who have experience with interfaith dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and are ready to explore how people experience Grand Rapids as their home.