Sikh Youth Conference

I just wanted to remind all of you out there, particularly those who live in California, that you can still sign up for the annual Jakara Sikh Youth Conference. The conference is in Fresno, California on the Fresno State campus and the dates for this year are June 19-22, 2008. Don’t be lazy, register and avoid a late fee.jakara.jpg

This year’s theme is “Growing with Our Gurdwara.” The introduction from the website are as follows:

They dont speak our language. They have too much politics.
They are too corrupt.

Too few young Sikhs are found at their local Gurdwaras. While young children play outside after Punjabi School and our parents congregate in the langar hall, too many Sikh youth decide not to go to Gurdwara.

However, this does not mean our spiritual thirst has been quenched. It is time for a change. It is time to stop blaming others. It is time for the next generation of Sikhs to empower ourselves and engage with our Gurdwaras. It is time to turn the they and them into we and us. The Gurdwara is OUR institution; it will always be the center of Sikh life. It is OUR grassroots democracy if we make it so.

This year at the Jakara Movement Sikh Youth Conference 2008, we will re-create, re-engage, re-emerge with the door to our Guru. Join us as we re-kindle our center and grow with our Gurdwara. [link]

With full disclosure, I and a few other bloggers here have helped and organized the conference in the past. If you are 18-30 and want to go to one Sikh conference this year, make it Jakara 2008.

For those who are wondering and have never attended a Sikh confernce, Jakara is different than any other desi conference or Sikh conference, for that matter. There is no crazy partying, no calling in the SWAT teams, no drunken fights. Only thing you’ll find are good people, good discussions, good learning, and good networking. It is a chance to explore your faith, culture, religion, and relationship with the Guru.

For those that may be weary of a Sikh function (unfortunately in our community this is too common), Jakara workshops are meant to be comfortable, educational, and hopefully even inspirational. Make this the year that you check it out.

Here is the agenda:

Thursday

611:30pm CheckIn
7pm Ardas and Langar at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Fresno
912am Ice Breaker LazerQuest

Friday

89am Japji Sahib and Shabad Kirtan
910am Breakfast
1010:30am Welcome/Introductions
10:3012pm Samajna (Pondering the Problems)
121pm Presentations of Skits
12pm Lunch
22:30pm Sikhna Seva (Grasping the Guru)
2:303:30 Sikhia Seva (Connecting with our Past)
3:304pm Sikhna II Sangat (Grasping the Guru)
45pm Sikhia II Sangat (Connecting with our Past)
55:30pm Conclusion
5:306pm Rehraas Sahib
79:30pm Picnic & Dinner
10:0012:00pm Free Time / Movie
122am Bowling & Pool

Saturday

910am Japji Sahib and Shabad Kirtan
1010:30am Breakfast
10:3011:30am Sabak (Making the Connections)
11:3012:15pm Samjauna (Case Studies)
12:151pm Samjauna II (Ideal Gurdwara)
12pm Lunch
22:30pm Presentation
2:303:15pm Open Forum
3:154pm Five Ideas for the Future
45pm Making it a Reality (Ideas and Jakara Jr. Camps)
55:30pm Conclusion
5:306pm Rehraas Sahib
7:00pm12am Formal Banquet

Sunday

910am Japji Sahib and Shabad Kirtan
124pm Closing Banquet

So again, don’t be lazy and make sure you sign up. The costs are subsidized to keep it cheap (so long as you sign up early) and I am so confident that you will actually enjoy the conference that if you hate it you can rip me and my recommendation here completely unedited without me and P.Singh’s uncle coming after you!


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17 Responses to “Sikh Youth Conference”

  1. baingandabhartha says:

    why the age limit to 25.

    [I think Jodha meant to write 18-30, although I don't think the organization will turn anyone away based on age. -Admin Kaur]

  2. P.Singh says:

    Haha – uncle is a mellow guy – you'd all love him.

  3. baingandabhartha says:

    why the age limit to 25.

    [I think Jodha meant to write 18-30, although I don’t think the organization will turn anyone away based on age. -Admin Kaur]

  4. P.Singh says:

    Haha – uncle is a mellow guy – you’d all love him.

  5. Joolz says:

    Good luck. The last time young people tried to influence policy and administraion at our local Gurdwara we were laughed at.

  6. Joolz says:

    Good luck. The last time young people tried to influence policy and administraion at our local Gurdwara we were laughed at.

  7. Singh says:

    Hello,

    I've heard some poor reviews of past Jakara conferences with regard to Gurmat and "Sikh spirit." Some past attendees have felt the conferences had a lot of "Wine and Dine" / Punjabi culture focus and less Sikh culture focus. Is this true? If so will it be fixed this time?

    thanks.

  8. Singh says:

    Hello,

    I’ve heard some poor reviews of past Jakara conferences with regard to Gurmat and “Sikh spirit.” Some past attendees have felt the conferences had a lot of “Wine and Dine” / Punjabi culture focus and less Sikh culture focus. Is this true? If so will it be fixed this time?

    thanks.

  9. Mewa Singh says:

    Singh,

    You'll only know if you attend. You can see the agenda and I assure you that there is no 'wine.' Explore for yourself and then you be the judge. Jakara is open to all.

  10. Mewa Singh says:

    Singh,

    You’ll only know if you attend. You can see the agenda and I assure you that there is no ‘wine.’ Explore for yourself and then you be the judge. Jakara is open to all.

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    Maybe a Langar-ite meeting can also be arranged to coincide with this conference?

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