July 22, 2019 (New York, NY) – Following a successful year of leadership development, advocacy, community organizing and sangat-building, the Junior Sikh Coalition Class of 2019 closed in early July. The Sikh Coalition is proud to have worked with these 18 incredible youth leaders from all over the Tri-State Area.
During the 2018-2019 year, the group spent nearly every Sunday afternoon developing important leadership skills, gaining insight into social justice issues, learning how to organize their community and putting these learned skills and their own passion into action. Here are some of the highlights JSC accomplished this year:
- Engaging with sangats across the Tri-State Area
JSC engaged with five sangats in the Tri-State Area on important issues, such as bullying prevention and mental health promotion. Additionally, several JSC members held sessions in their local sangats to destigmatize mental health, promote mental wellness and provide a safe space for youth to work on community and self-care.
JSC worked on capstone Jyot projects during the year that focused on leadership development and raising the Sikh profile. Three JSC Kaurs built their capstone project around hosting a panel of Sikh women
that helped audience members learn from these leaders’ experiences and celebrate the Kaur narrative. In addition, two JSC members used their capstone project to start a web show called “The Hidden Wave” to showcase Sikh talent, discuss Sikh issues and promote other aspects of the Sikh youth experience.
JSC contributed to the Sikh Coalition’s national Sikh voter registration drive initiative
around the 2018 midterm elections, helping to coordinate and host numerous voter registration drives in gurdwaras across the Tri-State Area. Encouraging sangat members to register to vote taught JSC members how to organize their community and foster civic engagement. Several JSC members from Queens, NY, attended a roundtable discussion with the New York City Commission on Human Rights during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
. They discussed Sikh youth issues and demanded action be taken to make NYC schools safer and more inclusive for the community, becoming places where they can not only attend but also ultimately thrive.
JSC partnered with Build for Unity, the interfaith offshoot of Habitat for Humanity, by painting a local NYC youth community center
for Habitat's Brush with Kindness event. JSC also hosted its 4th-annual Open Mic Night
, where youth from the Tri-State community came together to unapologetically express their identities. As this year wrapped up, JSC worked with the Sikh Coalition to select members of the incoming Class of 2020.
“We are so proud of the leaders these members have become over the course of one year,” said Harleen Kaur, Community Development Manager. “We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020 in a few short weeks and empower a whole new group of youth members.”
Since its inception in 2012, the JSC program has trained nearly 80 youth community leaders who have educated over 1,600 students on bullying prevention and Sikh awareness. Click here
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As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.