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Hilltop Youth Social Justice Collaborative

Hilltop Youth Continued To Suffer In 2021

Dire Actions & Investment Are Needed To Save Thousands Of Children In 2022 And Beyond

Dear Family, 

This is serious. 

For a very long-time Hilltop children have lived under high-risk of being preyed upon by gangsters, drug dealers and pimps in the neighborhood. We do not have enough physical space or programming to support our youth. This risk is going to be even higher as we see no plans of investment in the facilities for youth recreation and development in the larger Hilltop area from the City of Columbus or Franklin County.

In addition, the Columbus City Schools have also announced details about future consolidation of schools to take place in the next few years. This will create a huge crisis for the families that are already suffering because of lack of investment in our youth who will now have even less nearby access to facilities where after-school programming can be offered.

MY Project USA has taken a lead in organizing the community by launching Hilltop Youth Social Justice Collaborative with the help of the Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone, Hilltop Homes, Hilltop Youth Garden and Buckeye Community Hope Foundations. We are convening all Hilltop leaders and organizations to engage with our city, county and state leaders to advocate for more robust support. We have called upon all stake holders to help us organizing our community to draw more support and tax-payer dollars to protect and empower our children in Hilltop.

We are organizing a town hall with elected officials on Saturday January 8th to kick off our social justice movement for all Hilltop children and families. Please join us online, if you can. 

In the meantime, we ask you to join us by making a one time donation of $3600 and/or scheduling monthly donation of $300/month or whatever amount you can to protect and empower a youth on behalf of you, your parents and your loved ones.  

Please keep us in your prayers and give whatever you can. Together we can do it. 

In Solidarity with Youth and Families, 

Zerqa Abid, 

Founder & Executive Director, 

MY Project USA

Hilltop Area activists ask for more investment in youth centers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Columbus reached a new grim milestone Tuesday after a deadly shooting on the city's south side brought the homicide total to 201 for the year.

"What we are seeing in this 201 homicide is that we need to invest more money into the right programs the preventive programs," Zerqa Abid said.

Abid is a commissioner and public safety chair for the Greater Hilltop Area Commission. The Hilltop is one of the areas that has been hit hard by violent crime.


MY Project USA Donates $20,000 Worth Of Furniture & Household Supplies To Newly Arrived Afghan Refugee Families

With your previous support and donations, MY Project USA has purchased and allocated about $20,000 worth of supplies, clothing, furniture and household items for newly arrived families. We are in the process of distribution now and have identified these needs.

We are working closely with the local refugee settlement agencies, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and US Together.

Afghan Refugees Support Fundraiser

This fundraiser will help us purchase: - any services or items needed to support any family that they might still in need of - Transportation for families - Transportation to/from jobs - Driving lessons, Car purchases and license support - ESL classes and any other employment support to help them find a job, etc.

This effort is run and powered by local Afghan brothers and sisters in Columbus. Please feel free to contact them at or Br. Shafiq Luden at 614-905-6494.

Please donate generously and invite others as well.

WAYS TO DONATE: You can also choose any of the following method to send your zakat or other donations to our way.


MAIL: Write Your Check to “MY Project USA” & Mail it to PO Box 1311, Hilliard, OH 43026

Visit Us At Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center at 3275, Sullivant Ave., Columbus 43204

More Info: - 614-905-0977

Hilltop Tigers Soccer - A Movement To Empower Youth
Councilmember Elizabeth Brown - Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center
Zerqa Abid Recieves the Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Zerqa Abid Receives the Columbus Foundation's Outstanding Philanthropist Award from AFP

"I'm philanthropic because I'm a Muslim mother driven by my Islamic faith"  

Afghan Refugee volunteer help
Youth Programs
Community Development:

MY Professional Mentoring Initiative - Be A Mentor or A Mentee

MY Project USA has always strived relentlessly to provide the best development opportunities to their community. Maintaining that momentum, MY Project USA is proud to provide Professional Mentoring opportunities to underserved highschool students and adults.

This is an extension and supplement to the Mentoring program provided by the “Under My Wing” initiative. We are super excited about this program’s prospect.

The focus of this initiative is to ensure that underserved high school students and adults are prepared for post-secondary education, trade schools, or entry-level professional success.

Our aim is to develop professional skills such as communication skills, career development soft-skills, goal setting, self-efficacy for personal and professional development; and academic development skills such as college application process and knowledge about career fields.

This program aims to develop healthy decision-making in young people by providing them with professional adult mentors who can listen, guide, and provide meaningful opportunities.

If you are a youth interested in participating in this program as a Mentee then please complete Mentee Application. If you are a college student and would like to help a high school student going to college, please complete College Mentor Application. If you are interested in being a Professional Mentor then please complete Professional Mentor Application. We will reach out to you individually as we start screening the applicants.


MY Helpline: 

Rent & Utilities Support Available From COVID-19 Emergency Funds

We have been working very hard in securing grants and building collaboration with other partners to help our clients. Thanks to The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and IMPACT Community Action, we are still able to help more of our families with their rent and utilities. If you or someone you know needs help, please ask them to contact us at 614-905-0977 or


7 Locations In Columbus To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations

You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include: 

Noor Islamic Cultural Center -  5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016
Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229
Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Quick & Easy Mart -  4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus
MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228.  During Business Hours Only

We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at


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