August 29, 2019 (New York, NY) -- This summer, the Sikh Coalition facilitated sessions at numerous Sikh camps as part of our ongoing commitment to support youth sangat members. The workshops, led by our Community Development team, focused on critical issues such as bullying, allyship, and the Sikh identity.
“Gurmat camps give us the opportunity to empower Sikh youth and have important conversations around issues that are relevant to them in a safe space with like-minded sangat,” said Community Development Director Rucha Kaur.
Sikh youth from all over the country attend gurmat camps throughout the summer, ranging from week-long sleep away camps to local, daily ones hosted at their Gurdwara. This year, our team conducted workshops at Camp Gian
in Los Angeles, CA; gurmat camps at Gurdwara Sant Sagar
and Sikh Cultural Society
in Queens, NY; Central Jersey Sikh Association
in Windsor, NJ; the 24th annual gurmat camp hosted by Guru Harkishan Institute of Sikh Studies (GHISS)
in Rockville, MD; and the annual gurmat camp hosted by Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies (GAISS)
in Sterling, VA. Our Southern California team also attended the annual Sikh Children's Day
in Los Angeles, CA, where kids participated in arts and crafts, and our team shared resources to prepare Sikh parents as their kids head back to school this Fall.
“We’re excited to invite the Sikh Coalition team to our camp and facilitate conversations around important concerns such as bullying,” said Mandeep Kaur, a camp facilitator at the Central Jersey Sikh Association camp in Windsor, NJ. “We think it is so important to engage in a meaningful way with our youth year-round, and we are so glad to have the Sikh Coalition work with us to start the year off with impactful engagement.”
Sikh Coalition workshops engage youth on issues of combating discrimination in schools, creating Sikhi elevator pitches, and discussing the intersectionality of identity. The workshops also tackle prevalent issues of bullying, allyship, and understanding the Sikh identity. Sikh youth 14 years or older can also participate in workshops from the Sikh Coalition’s Jyot curriculum
, which is focused on these important issues and helps participants develop crucial leadership skills that will also benefit their academic and professional lives. To bring these workshops to your sangat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.