Source: Journal Gazette & Times Courier
On March 18, 2005 the Journal Gazette & Times Courier reported, "Eboo Patel is on to something big. He wants to counteract forces of bias, hatred and violence. His answer to this religious crisis is the Interfaith Youth Core ( www.ifyc.org ), an organization that engages young people of different faiths and backgrounds in the service of others. Groups of adolescents share their diverse religious traditions and values while building new houses and feeding the hungry. The Interfaith Youth Core emphasizes shared values between the world’s religions and provides a forum in which young people can discuss their faiths in an atmosphere of tolerance, curiosity and appreciation of differences. Eboo has built a model of interfaith youth cooperation in his hometown of Chicago, and he’ll share it with the rest of the country on the second annual National Days of Interfaith Youth Service on April 9 and 10. The events, in 50 cities around the country, will bring thousands of young people together to serve their communities while working toward better cross-cultural understanding."