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Have you, your child or family ever been teased because of your Sikh appearance? Are you tired of the lack of understanding? What are we doing to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place? The Sikh Coalition has developed a special training course to answer these very questions. Now, we need your support to bring this course here to the DC Metropolitan area!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Dear Supporter,

Earlier this year, the Sikh Coalition launched the Sikh Presenter's Course. The Course is a three-day series of workshops designed to train Sikh community members to deliver Sikh Awareness Presentations. The workshops are led by trained professionals, well versed in teaching individuals effective presentation and public speaking skills.

The workshop focuses on

Vital public speaking and presentation skills
Relating key concepts in Sikhi

The Coalition spent an entire year creating the content, materials, and workshops that are used in the course. All course content and materials have been properly vetted and critiqued by Sikh professionals, non-Sikhs, and a public speaking consultant.

We're very inspired by the success of the two courses that have been held in New York and would like to bring it to the DC area. In order to do so, we need to raise approximately $5,000. This will cover costs for travel, facilitator fees, materials, and meals. Although all applicants will go through an interview process (as only 15 are selected), the Sikh Presenter's Course will be offered at no cost to the participants.

As supporters of the Sikh Coalition's work, we humbly request your assistance in meeting our fundraising goal. Just imagine having 15 trained presenters available in the DC Metro area ready to speak at schools, places of worship, and community organizations - it's well worth the investment!

Too many times we've had to quickly put these presentations together in response to a bias incident. Here's an opportunity for us to have trained presenters in the DC area, not just to respond to incidents, but proactively seek opportunities to educate people on who we are. In this way, we can prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place. I hope you are as excited as we are to bring this Course here, and help further establish both the Sikh community and the Sikh identity in the DC Metro area.

Thank you,

Anu Kaur
Romi Singh
Gagan Kaur
Meeta Kaur
Rubin Paul Singh
Natasha Kaur

To donate, please click here, www.sikhdonate.org, and write in the memo section 'For DC Presenter's Course'. Alternatively, you can mail a check to the Sikh Coalition's national office at the address below. Be sure to write in the memo section, 'For DC Presenter's Course'

To give by mail, please send to

The Sikh Coalition
Attn: Director of Development
40 Exchange Pl. Suite 728
New York, NY 10005

To watch a video on the Sikh Presenter's Course, click here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YGifH_vwbc.

To read more information about the Sikh Presenter's Course, click here - http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/SikhPresentersCourse.htm

If you have any questions about the Course, or would like to assist in this fundraising effort, please email the local planning committee at DCvolunteers@sikhcoalition.org.