This August, the Junior Sikh Coalition (JSC), the Sikh Coalition’s youth leadership program, welcomed 15 new members to its team. We kicked off the year with a week-long Social Justice Boot Camp, led by the Sikh Coalition’s Community Development Director, Tejpreet Kaur. The boot camp included popular education training that focused on the intersectionalities of faith and activism and involved lively discussions on immigration, history, race, and discrimination. As one JSC member stated, “The week was so much more than I expected. I learned so much in such a short time, and had fun while doing it!”
Graduation & Reception:
At the end of the boot camp, the Sikh Coalition held a reception to welcome the new members of the team, along with their families. Parental support is integral to our work, so we were happy to have over 65 family and friends in attendance to show their support for the new youth leaders.
In addition to welcoming new members, we held a graduation ceremony to honor the successes of the eight JSC members who completed their year with the program. From the launch of the Nirbhau-Nirvair campaign, to their visit to Washington, DC, these members made it possible for the first year of the program to be such a big success! Their vision, leadership, and commitment to social justice allowed for the exponential growth of the JSC program.
Junior Sikh Coalition Attends Camp Chardi Kala:
The JSC headed to Camp Chardi Kala (CCK) after the completion of the Social Justice Boot Camp. At CCK, the JSC spent one full week learning the values of Sikhi and understanding how to apply these values to their daily lives.
In addition, the JSC held two workshops for the campers at CCK. They first offered an anti-bullying workshop to educate youth on their rights in school. They then held a Nirbhau Nirvair Art Book Workshop to inspire Sikh youth to express themselves using creativity and the arts. After a facilitated discussion, campers were asked to illustrate their vision of a world with Nirbhau (without fear) and Nirvair (without hate) through artwork.
It is with the gracious help of our generous donors that enabled the entire JSC team to attend CCK. We heartily thank each and every donor that made the JSC’s attendance at CCK a reality.
We are confident that the Social Justice Boot Camp and CCK experience will enable the JSC team to effectively advocate for themselves and their peers throughout the upcoming year.
For any questions or comments, please contact the Junior Sikh Coalition.