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Jamal Ibrahim was saved by Hilltop Tigers

Jamal Was Incarcerated For Two Years - Hilltop Tigers Soccer Club Saved His Life & Future

For Just $10 A Day You Can Save More Lives & Futures!!!

Dear Family, 

At our Fall Banquet, earlier this month, we presented the Most Resilient Youth Award to Jamal Ibrahim, a brave16 years old who is sharing his story while turning his life around. He is a junior currently enrolled at Westland highschool. In the past, he had been incarcerated for some gangs related crimes. His life changed when Coach Siyat Mohamed, the founder of our Hilltop Tigers Soccer Club, took him under his wings and enrolled him in the soccer club. Jamal recognizes that he was punished for his bad behaviors in the community, hanging out with the wrong crowd and failing in school. Under Coach Mohamed's guidance, Jamal is a different person now. He is attending school regularly and working very hard to bring his GPA up. He also helps at the Mid-Ohio Market at MY Project USA’s Youth Center. He plays for the Hilltop Tigers now and is a winner. He has just been accepted by the Ohio Premiers Soccer Club on a full scholarship.

Jamal's case, once again, has proven that our youth programs are protecting and empowering our youth exactly the way we wanted them to. It also gives us hope and confidence that we can save more lives and futures if we are provided with sufficient funding.

Currently, there are at least 10,000 children just on the westside of Columbus at high risk of drugs, gangs, violence and incarceration. Most of these are New Americans of Somali and Somali Bantu origin. Columbus ranks high in youth incarcerations. 

As noticed by the Juvenile Justice Court's Judge Lasheyl Stroud at the kickoff of our new Juvenile Justice Task Force last week, the Franklin County tax payers pay $185,000 per year ($500/night)  per youth in incarceration. Research proves that the chances of a kid staying just one night in jail reduces his chances of graduating from highschool and having a productive life significantly. As a community, we are spending $500/day to ruin a youth's life and future. 

In contrast, MY Project USA's wholesome Youth Empowerment Program that combines recreation, academic, mental heath support and job trainings for all participants, can save and empower a youth for just $10/day, if funded for at least 100 kids at a time. It's $300/month or $3600/year. 

It's simple mathematics with proven success rate. We can choose to save hundreds of children either from taking the wrong route in the first place or by changing their route afterward, by simply enrolling them in sports and academic programs and by creating safe, fun, empowering spaces for them like our Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center.  

As winter has already started, we are already taking all measures. Each year, we lose more youth to drugs and gangs during winter. Therefore, we have decided to keep our doors open every singe night this winter. My soccer coaches at least $30,000 to indoor sport facilities. This amount will help us save a minimum of 150 youth off of the street this winter.  

As we kick off our end of year fundraising campaign on this #GivingTuesday, we ask you to join us by making a one time donation of $3600 and/or scheduling monthly donation of $300/month 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

Commissioner Crawley - 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 Refugees Support Fundraiser

MY Project USA Prepares To Support Afghan Refugees

Short-term and Long-Term Needs Will Be Addressed

Asking for Monitorial and Material Donations

MY Project USA is preparing to welcome and support 350 Afghan Refugees in Columbus. We are working closely with the local refugee settlement agencies, Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and US Together, in assisting the new arrivals with culturally appropriate clothing, household items and other accessories, mental health support, job trainings, etc.

We have formed an Afghan Refugees Welcome Committee to take care of all urgent and long term needs of the new refugees. We are also collecting clothes and other household items. Please check out our Support Drive Sign Up if you are interested 

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

Afghan Refugee Support Drive
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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