From May 21st
, Interfaith Alliance held its NYC-area LEADD (Leadership Education Advancing Democracy & Diversity) youth program at the Warwick Conference center in Warwick, NY. In its fifth year, LEADD is an innovative program for high school students developed by Interfaith Alliance members and a dedicated group of volunteers who have acted as founders, curriculum planners, teachers and workshop leaders since its inception. Students who attend LEADD are immersed in the history of the First Amendment, particularly its Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, and what they mean in the United States – the world’s most pluralistic nation – today. The First Amendment is the foundation of America’s unique devotion to religious freedom and the cornerstone of the hope and vision for creating a truly pluralistic American society. Students also learn about current policy, legislative and legal issues involving religious freedom.