Written by The Roslyn NEWS Staff Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
LIU Post’s Tilles Center recently hosted the opening ceremony of International Youth Fellowship’s IYF World Camp, which ran from Aug. 18-22. The Global Christian Organization brought 1,500 young people from around the world to the
Greenvale campus. The opening event featured South African, Korean and American cultural dances, along with a performance of the Gracias Choir. Notables ranging from Kenya’s Consul General Charles Munyao to Tobias Harris of the
Orlando Magic were in attendance.
“Don’t be hopeless looking at today’s problems. Have hope for tomorrow,” Pastor Ock Soo Park, founder of IYF, said in the welcoming address. “By opening and sharing your hearts, you can solve problems together and make tomorrow a little better than today.”
IYF invited speakers to discuss their experiences and the qualities of true leaders. Guests included eco-entrepreneur and urban-revitalization strategist Majora Carter; defense attorney and FOX, CNN and MSNBC legal analyst Joey Jackson; founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Dr. Jane Aronson; and Olympic gold medalist Dana Hee.
Over several days, nearly two dozen workshops were conducted on topics ranging from basketball to barbecue, taught by “Barbecue America” host Rick Browne.
Activities took place all around Long Island, from a mini marathon and scavenger hunt at Sunken Meadow State Park to the United Way of Long Island volunteers working at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary.
“In just a few days, we’ve exposed these young people to a world many of them have never seen before,” said Terry Henderson, director of the program. “At this year’s IYF World Camp, students learned how to open and develop their hearts and minds. They gained hope and challenged themselves to try new things.”