Wednesday, October 14, 2015

November 1st Meeting at YMCA Corporate Headquarters: 1:30-3:30 pm

Youth LEAD OKC is a cultural competency program sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Casady High School 
Service Learning Program. YLOKC is a branch of Sharon, Massachusetts based Youth Lead Online.

Youth LEAD OKC experiences are developed, planned, and implemented by teens for teens.  Youth LEAD teens come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, economic, and faith backgrounds.  Youth LEADers explore their own identities as well as their similarities and differences and act together to build the next generation of community and global leaders.

Sunday, November 1,2015
1:30-3:30 pm
Planning Team: 12:30-4:00 pm
YMCA Corporate Headquarters.  The Y Offices are located at 500 N. Broadway, Suite 500, OKC, OK 73102. The Corporate Office is in a five story historic building on the corner of NW 4th and N. Broadway just west of the downtown YMCA (not at the gym).

All Youth OKC LEADers and friends

Minutes of the meeting by the following pictures

November 1, 2015 Meeting Agenda  
Snacks by YMCA
Youth LEADERs bring their donated clothes

1. Icebreaker

2. Virtual Tour of Metro Career Academy by Johnny

The Closet


Metro Career Academy's Food Drive 2015

Casady inspired dinning hall

Around Campus- 100 students

3. Clothing Sorting-40min  Hangers??

4. How to deliver the clothing- Logistics, suggestions from Metro Career Academy.  Possible guest: Metro Career Academy Principal?

5. Skill


Teens4Teens Clothing Drive

Who: Youth LEAD OKC benefiting Metro Career Academy Youth

Youth LEAD OKC is a cultural education program sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Casady High School Service Learning Program.  Youth LEAD OKC experiences are developed, planned, and implemented by teens for teens.  Youth LEAD teens come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, economic, and faith backgrounds.  Youth LEADers explore their own identities as well as their similarities and differences and act together to build the next generation of community and global leaders.

What: Teen clothing drive to gather clothing for Metro Career Academy (MCA) students age 15 and older. MCA teens face adverse barriers towards achieving a high school diploma and career.  Metro Career Academy, a full service community school, removes barriers bringing resources to students & their families.

Where: Metro Career Academy; 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City

When: Youth LEAD OKC will deliver gathered clothing to Metro Career Academy in December.

Why: Teens4Teens Clothing Drive aims to help eliminate one barrier to a high school diploma by providing gently used clothing to dress for success instilling confidence and style.

How can you help? What items are needed?

  • Clothing suitable for teens – items that young people desire to wear
  • Items that are gently worn, without holes, stains, etc.

Contacts:  Shannon Presti; Carmen Clay

Places for sure to talk to...
Church, Mosque, 
Edmond Santa Fe, Casady, Heritage Hall, Mercy, Capitol Hill, PC West, Junior League, 

Mercy kids-mosque, mercy school, cair, 
YMCA..set up boxes at 8 locations

Hallie-junior league 
Johnny-Walmart /Heritage Hall
Agnish-Ross /tj Max
Mallory /Gabrielle-Casady 
Bethany- Forrest Hill Christian Church/Life Church(Yukon)

Program Title:  

Metro Tech Teens Clothing Drive

Contact People: @ Metro Career Academy

1901 Springlake Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-8324  Mrs. Loudermilk

Date, Time, and Location of Program:  

Being planned at October 4 meeting. November meeting CANNOT TAKE PLACE at Metro Career Academy
Christina is the secretary at Metro tech. Contacted her on 10/5. JOHNNY had a meeting with Vice-Principal on 10/14/2015

Goal:  Get fun clothing to teens for the holidays. Teens-4-teens clothing drive


Objective #1: Recruitment

Task: Receive YES or NO before Deadline

Person Responsible


Talk with Businesses
(YMCA, American Energy Swim Club)

Nov. 1st
Post to social medias
(Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat?)

Nov. 1st
Go to different schools
(Capitol Hill, Casady, Heritage Hall, Heron Elementary, Classen SAS, US Grant, Mercy, Heritage Hall...StuCo)

Nov. 1st
Talk with several religious places
(All Saints, Sacred Heart, ...)

Nov. 1st
(Walmart, Target, Buy 4 Less, H&M, Good Will, ...Food Chains)

Nov. 1st

Objective #2: Program/Facilitation


Person Responsible


Shopping Spree for teens at metro tech
Nov. 1st
Gift cards for raffle
Nov. 1st
Make raffle out of pinwheels

Nov. 1
Racks and have clothing organized like clothing store.

have clothing by Nov. 1. have them organized by Dec 6
Nov. 1

fashion show idea set planned
Nov 1
meeting at metro tech planned for October 6th, but did not take place because Metro Career Academy cannot open doors on weekends
Objective #3: Logistics
Person Responsible
Who: Teens
Nov 1st
What: Collect clothes for teens
Nov 1st
When: December 6
Nov 1st
Where: MetroTec School
Nov 1st
How: Competitions, donations, and raffles
Nov 1st

Objective #4:


Person Responsible


El dia de los muertos - Mexican and Central American Cultural Celebration


Youth LEADERS who watched the series, please send your feedback and answers to the questions

On October 18th, you are invited to join thousands of people around the world as Oprah Winfrey presents the landmark television event Belief, a week-long documentary series that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them.

 BELIEF will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN, Channel 766 Cox). It's a remarkable look at spiritually and culture around the world - like 'Planet Earth' for religion. It will air 7 days in a row from October 18th - 24th at 8pm ET/PT.  

Casady Service Learning  is proud to partner with the Opera BELIEF Team in inviting people from different backgrounds to engage in viewing and share conversations in this Culture of Peace experience. Join in and invite others and you can share the BELIEF trailer.  
Share this experience and join others in the conversation through the following links.

Twitter: #BeliefDays @OWNTV, @joshuadubois, @eridgnal

For  more information on the BELIEF Series, visit: or to view the Belief Trailer, click here:

If you do not have the Opera, Channel, Casady Service-Learning will air the documentary at the Casady Wing at 7:00 pm on 10/18/2015 and subsequent nights as requested.

October 18th-24th

Belief Premiere Screenings

OWN Opera's TV Channel or Casady School's Harper Wing
9500 North Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120
Enter through the gate closest to the intersection of Penn and Britton.
Park at the Chapel parking lot.  The Harper Wing is the building adjacent and in back of Chapel

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


BELIEF TRAILER – TRT 7:11 (as of 8/31/15)

This groundbreaking original series invites viewers to witness some of the world's most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, Belief searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son's killer. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: "What do you believe?" Belief is co-produced by the award-winning production companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard

Read more:

Opera presents BELIEF  - 7 Consecutive Nights  OWN Network 7:00 PM Central
"For the past three years, my team and I have been working to find the most compelling and thoughtful stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world," said Oprah Winfrey. "This truly has been my heart's work, to be able to share stories like these that reflect our world and explore humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves."

This fall, Oprah Winfrey presents the landmark television event Belief, a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, Belief illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  Click here for a sneak peek of Belief (with embed code):

To join the conversation on social, use #Belief and @OWNTV.

Episode descriptions below. All episodes air at 8 p.m. ET/PT 7pm Central, OKC time

Sunday, October 18 *PREMIERE
"Belief: The Seekers"
Witness stories from around the world united by one of the most basic human needs – a desire to find purpose and meaning in our lives. First, 19-year-old Cha Cha, a devout evangelical Christian college student, hopes to reconnect with her faith after a recent trauma has shaken her to the core. Next, Reshma Thakkar, a young Indian-American Hindu woman from Chicago, travels to the banks of the Ganges River in India for the Kumbh Mela, joining millions at the world's largest spiritual gathering. Meanwhile, in Budapest, Hungary, 13-year-old Mendel Hurwitz prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish transformation from adolescence to adulthood. Mendel's synagogue in Budapest once faced extinction, and this tiny population of Jews are struggling to keep their culture alive. In the final story, Terry Gandadila, an Aboriginal elder in Australia who is nearing death, passes on the wisdom and knowledge of his tribe to his grandson. Together, they walk the songline, an ancient roadmap that the tribe believes reveals how the world was created and how to live life in accordance with their ancestor spirits.

If you are able to watch BELIEF on your own, consider sharing the answers to these 3 questions via e-mail with

1. What do we believe and how does that belief system bring us closer to our life purpose?

2. What do others believe and how can we learn more about those beliefs and our common humanity?

3. How can we connect more closely to other communities of faith and belief to impact the world for the greater  good.

Other questions for self-reflection

1. What role does faith and belief play in your life?

2. How do our diverse cultural traditions bind us together in community with one another?

3. What are the benefits and risks of interacting with people who have different beliefs, cultural or spiritual practices?

4. What do you not know about people from other belief systems that you want to know?

5. What faith practices do you engage in to sustain yourself and community during the most challenging times?

6. What are steps we can take to embrace the diversity of beliefs within our community?

7. What is your hope for the future of belief around the world?

8. What is your hope for the future of intercultural understanding in our community?

Monday, October 19
"Belief: Love's Story"
Journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another. First, in western Pennsylvania, Ian and Larissa Murphy are two evangelical Christians who fell in love during college. Ten months into their relationship, Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury, dramatically changing their relationship while also showing them what it means to love unconditionally. Next, we meet Rena Greenberg and Yermi Udkoff of Brooklyn, New York as they prepare to marry in the Hasidic faith, which believes every person is born with one half of a soul, and only through marriage can the two souls reunite with each other. On the other side of the world, former professional skateboarder Jordan Richter from northern California is embarking on the Hajj, a pilgrimage that is one of the five tenets of his adopted religion, Islam. By joining millions of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Jordan hopes to make peace with his past and cement a promising future. Finally, two leaders in Nigeria who were former enemies 20 years ago, Christian Pastor James Wuye and Muslim Imam Muhammad Ashafa, come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies.

Tuesday, October 20
"Belief: Acts of Faith"
Our beliefs can be a powerful guiding force to endure and overcome in some of the most difficult situations. In this episode, everyone faces a challenge to overcome, and they find their source of strength in a variety of different ways. In Topeka, Kansas, Judi Bergquist visits her son's killer in prison with the hope that the act of forgiveness will help them both move forward with their lives. Next, under the blue Guanajuato, Mexico sky, Enedina Cuellar Pacheco is riding on horseback with Christ's Cowboys in the hopes a miracle heals her son who suffered traumatic injuries in a tragic car accident. Together with thousands of riders, she makes the rigorous trek to the iconic 65-foot-tall statue of Cristo Rey. Finally, on the small Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, a young boy, Bebe, will act out a death-defying rite of passage into manhood. Bebe will bravely land dive off a giant wooden tower with just a tree vine tied around his ankles, participating in a sacred ritual that his tribe believes blesses the soil for a bountiful harvest.

Wednesday, October 21
"Belief: A Change Is Gonna Come"
Explore how our beliefs help us change. First, Anju, a young woman in central India, has committed to forgo all of life's conveniences and permanently sever ties with her family in order to be initiated as a Jain nun. Anju must first pass three tests designed to challenge her commitment. Next, Howard Fallon and his daughter Shane arrive in the Nevada desert for Burning Man, an annual festival that provides an experiment in community art, self-expression and culminates in the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy. Howard and Shane are seeking to reconnect and heal after unimaginable personal loss. In another part of the American desert, Ashly Hines, a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, prepares to participate in the Sunrise Ceremony, a spiritual ritual into womanhood. Finally, scientist Marcelo Gleiser stands at the foot of one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. He has journeyed to the heart of the Atacama Desert in Chile to look deep into space for clues as to how the universe was born and how it is changing over time. He finds the more he searches the universe, the more he must embrace the mystery of the unknown.

Thursday, October 22
"Belief: God Help Us"
When tragedy, illness or loss feel overwhelming and relief seem beyond our reach, many believers appeal to their faith for strength. First, Karen Cavanagh, a Catholic from Slingerlands, New York is called to the Sufi path as a way of healing from a traumatic brain injury. Karen travels to Konya, Turkey to combine her Catholic faith with the practice of becoming a Whirling Dervish, a group who worships through meditative dance. Next, in Lima, Peru, a teenager, Beto, prays to the Lord of Miracles, a painting of Christ on the cross that is revered throughout the country. Beto is selected to march in an annual procession honoring the icon, bringing pride to his family. Then, in Lebanon, 13-year-old Walid, a Syrian refugee whose family fled their home in war torn Syria, still finds a way to participate in Ramadan, the Islamic faith's month of personal and spiritual reflection observed with fasting and prayer. Finally, in Indonesia, 19-year-old Buddhist monk Bodhi Cahyno believes meditation can help him find a source of inner strength after enduring a challenging childhood. Guided by his mentor and teacher, Bodhi travels to the holy site of Borobudur in Indonesia – the world's largest Buddhist temple – to celebrate Vesak, an annual ritual that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

Friday, October 23
"Belief: The Practice"
For many people, committing to a spiritual life through study, practice and compassion reveals faith. First, Shi Yan Fei is a young Buddhist monk at the Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng, China, who came to the monastery because of his passion for Kung Fu. While Shi Yan Fei has nearly mastered Kung Fu's physical movements, he has encountered difficulty mastering the spiritual element. Next, 65-year-old John Davie is hoping to reconnect with his Catholic faith as he embarks on the "Way of Saint James," a 500-mile trek through the countryside of France and Spain. For a thousand years, Christian pilgrims have walked the "Camino," which culminates at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Then, Mohamed El Haskouri, a teenage boy in Morocco studies diligently to perfect his recitation of the 80,000 words of the Qur'an in an ancient art called Tajweed. Finally, two teenage girls in Israel, 18-year-old Jewish cellist Hagit and 17-year-old Muslim flutist Mais find common ground and friendship in their shared love of performing classical music with the Polyphony Orchestra.

Saturday, October 24
"Belief: A Good Life"
Explore how beliefs help us face the fear of death and the mystery of what happens after we die. In this episode, we witness how death can also be a powerful call to action – to embrace life and those we love. In the shadows of Mt. Everest, Lekshey Choedhar, a young Buddhist monk at the Pema Tsal Sakka Monastery, learns a valuable lesson about the fleeting nature of life. There, Buddhist monks make devotional works of art called sand mandalas, which they then destroy in a ritual that symbolizes the impermanence of existence. Next, atheist Alex Honnold walks the edge between life and death as a world-renowned free-solo climber. He faces his mortality and finds meaning in his life as he climbs — with no ropes or harnesses — up a towering cliff in the Moab desert in eastern Utah. Then Donna Winzenreid, a military wife and mother of three in Colorado Springs, Colorado who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, fights for her life by holding on to her Methodist faith. Next, India is home to more than a billion people and one of the world's largest religions, Hinduism. Once a year, on the first day of spring, Hindus from all walks of life unite to celebrate the festival of colors – Holi. Gopesh Goswami, a Hindu priest, celebrates Holi as an opportunity to set aside daily responsibilities and experience joy, togetherness and the essence of a good life. Finally, from a space shuttle orbiting Earth, astronaut Jeff Hoffman stares out at a pale blue dot suspended in the vast expanse of the universe. He describes it as a transcendent experience, an overwhelming feeling that human beings are all truly connected.

a letter from Sam, Founding YLOKC member Sam wrote,
Hello! I just received an incredible email from Temple B'nai Israel in OKC. Truly incredible story shows the rare, beautiful interfaith relationship between the OKC Jewish and Muslin communities, a relationship that almost anywhere else in the world would be nonexistent. This just shows that OKC is really a special place for the kind of work YouthLEAD is doing. Worth sharing with the YouthLEADers.