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In this newsletter: 

  1. Issa's Peace Patio & Recreation Center will save lives & futures - Will you support us? 
  2. President Shannon Hardin Joins Jeylani Family
  3. Message from Mayor Ginther, The City of Columbus 
  4. AARP Video Tribute to Zerqa Abid & Awards Ceremony in Washington DC
  5. "Narratives of Resilience" 8th Annual Banquet News Coverage
  6. Hilliard Muslim girls that changed the world for so many
  7. Helpline: Rent & Utilities Support information for clients
  8. MY Project USA Auditing Report
  9. Social Enterprise: MY Deah's Warehouse Locations

This Giving Tuesday, #Give4Issa!

We Are Doing These 3 Things For Issa. You Can Help!!! 

Your End of Year Donations Can Go A Long Way!

Issa's Peace Patio & Recreation Center will Save Hundreds of Lives & Futures

Dear Family,

Happy Giving Tuesday!

As you know this year has been bittersweet for us. While it has truly been a year of growth and success for the organization, it has also been the saddest and hardest year for me personally and for many of my team members. Issa’s tragic death has broken our hearts and has left scars on our souls. We will never forget him. We have decided to turn our pain into purpose to keep his legacy alive for years to come. We are committed to lead our youth and families to a better, safer, and more prosperous tomorrow.

We are grateful to the Jeyalni family for allowing us to launch mutual projects in Issa’s name to benefit the entire community. These projects will work specifically to empower and protect Columbus youth from drugs abuse and violence. The first three projects in Issa’s name are as follows:

  1. Issa Jeylani Hero Annual Award and Scholarship
  2. Issa’s Peace Patio & Garden at the Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center
  3. Issa Jeylani Memorial Recreation Center in Hilltop

For the first two items, we believe we have enough support to deliver. For the Recreation Center, we need at least $1M from acquiring a place in the Hilltop and turning it into a safe, accessible place for children and families round the year.  This is a huge undertaking for our organization. We know it be a lot of hard work for us, but it's totally worth it.

While we are seeking at least $750,000 from grants and corporate funding, we must raise at least $250,000 from the public donations. 

We ask you to consider us as your recipient for this #GivingTuesday and for all of your end of year donations.  Your monthly and/or yearly donations help sustain MY Project USA’s impactful work and allow us to continue finding new ways to serve our community. Please consider becoming a valued partner of our organization.

In Solidarity with Youth & Families, 

Zerqa Abid,

Founder & Executive Director

MY Project USA   

Other Ways to Donate:

Mail a Check: Please make checks payable to MY Project USA and send them to 3275 Sullivant Ave. Columbus, OH 43026
Zelle Direct Deposit ID:​
Venmo ID: MYProjectUSA
Please email us at if you may have any questions or comments about your donations to MY Project USA

Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin Joins Jeylani Family Announcing the Initiatives

Mayor Ginther praises the contributions of Zerqa Abid & MY Project USA

How This Woman Lifts Up Underserved Immigrant Youth - AARP Video Tribute to Zerqa Abid

MY Project USA hosts banquet and honors 15-year-old shot and killed - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — MY Project USA, an organization with a mission of keeping kids and teens safe and empowered, celebrated the young people it works with at its annual banquet on Nov. 12.

The banquet was also held to honor 15-year-old Issa Jeylani, who participated in MY Project USA's programming, including its soccer club, the Hilltop Tigers.

Deah Barakat Change Maker Award Honorees advocated for Eid Holiday in Hilliard City School District in Ohio

Brady Ware & Company Auditors Give Highest Ranks to MY Project USA's Fiscal Management Practices

We are so proud and humbled!

Thanks to the hard work of our founder and Executive Director Zerqa Abid, Treasurer Russ Harris and Director Administration Uzair Qidwai for staying on the top of our fiscal management, record keeping and accounting. Full report is available on our website.

MY Project USA Auditor Report 2021

MY Helpline: 

Rent & Utilities Support Available At MY Project USA

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
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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