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Searching Spirituality – Join HYN

Posted on 20 January 2010 by .

In quest of finding real happiness and spirituality, Sayone went from temple to temple in Toronto. It was a learning process for him whereby he prodded different faiths including Christianity. However, he was most comfortable at Hindu temples. In these Hindu temples he was exposed to their philosophies as well as their “good sense of community,” nonetheless some of these temples were not very well attended.

That is when he got the idea of networking and forming an organization called Hindu Youth Network (HYN). Within three years, HYN has gathered more than 6,000 members of which almost 5000 are in Toronto. The age group of bulk of the membership is 18-27 though the organization is open for youth between the ages of 15 and 30.

Deeply spiritual himself, Sayone believes “you have to understand yourself before you understand others.” He feels that most “religious leaders are seekers; they are still exploring at higher levels but they are not quite there yet.” “To bring out the best in other people” is far more challenging, he says.

The spiritual events held by HYN bring out more or less 150 people, however social events can be attended by as many as 300 people.

After seeing the response of the first event held by HYN almost three years ago, Sayone started a website. Now HYN has become the largest South Asian HYN Facebook group with over 2200 members. Sayone encourages more people to check www.hinduyouth.net.

Sayone says “we as a group focus on spirituality, not politics. I do have my own opinion; and I don’t hide it.” HYN has been approached by candidates from Canadian political parties however; HYN’s policy is “I love you guys all. We will promise we won’t support the other side, but we won’t support you either.”

HYN has earned respect within South Asian community. It has a lot of impact in the community. Sayone strongly believes that “our job is to try to reach out to all faiths, but not to impose our faith on others. We want to bring out the best in individuals.”

Sayone’s seeking nature had turned him form a hard core atheist into a spiritual individual. He describes culture as something that we have internalized as kids without knowing why we are doing what we are doing. It is something that we are “forced to do,” he says. He cites going to temple with his mother as an example. “A lot of people in South Asia can’t articulate because they pass on values from generation to generation. In the West, you have to be very specific.” It is this deep rooted sense of humility that allows the President of HYN to think that Universal Brotherhood is “not idealistic” and googling is pushing people toward universal brotherhood.

A Hindu Tamil by origin, Sayone has travelled almost all over the world to find relief from what is happening in Sri Lanka. He has graduated from York University. Uncertain of his career path as a teenager, he had interest in being an architect, a game developer, a computer engineer, a businessman and so on. Finally he settled as an IT professional.

HYN is a space where youth expresses itself says Sayone. If youth wants us to do something, we will do it. At HYN “We respect it.” If at some point people would ask for political action, we will become involved. Women at HYN wanted a women’s wing. And our membership is thrilled to have a women’s wing. “So we take into consideration what our membership wants.”

The criterion to be an executive member of HYN is simple. You have to be able to work as if you are family; you have to be smart and you have to be a down-to-earth person. Perhaps because of these qualities of individuals, HYN has either taken over small groups that worked toward inspiring youth.

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Environmentally Passionate:The Clean City High School Green Club Council

Posted on 13 January 2010 by .

The Clean City High School Green Club Council is a new initiative formed in an effort to provide the “environmentally passionate” youth of Brampton an outlet to express their “green” creativity in an educational, safe, and hands on environment. The youth council is composed of more than 20 dedicated, devoted, and passionate young people, representing several local Brampton high schools. The group discusses, plans, and implements a variety of environmentally conscious projects and initiatives, year round, in an effort to make Brampton a “greener” place to live and play.

 

            Membership in the Clean City High School Green Club Council offers a wide variety of opportunities, from website development, to the coordination of community events, to the chance to hold a seat at the Brampton Clean City Committee’s round table.

             The Clean City High School Green Club Council is also a great way to get involved in your community, and network with other environmentally focused youth. Members who are involved can also receive community service hours to place toward their high school community service requirements.

 

             I have had the chance to interact and make friends with several youth from around Brampton who are just as passionate about the environment as I am. I have also had the opportunity to take part in a variety of community based events and give back to the community which has provided so much for me and other Brampton youth. My experience with the Green Club Council has been very educational and rewarding.

- Yasho Paliwal

The council is currently working on several different environmental projects. Through these community projects and initiatives, the group hopes to raise public awareness of environmental issues and concerns. Some current projects include:

  • Park Adoption
  • Toronto Zoo Turtle and Frog Tally
  • Olympic Torch Relay Recycling Initiative
  • Harvest and Spring Cleanups 
  • Pitch-In Canada Cell Phone Collection
  • Year Round Environmental Cleanups
  • E-Waste Collection

The council meets every other week to discuss upcoming events, projects, environmental concerns, and stewardship opportunities. The group hopes to inspire change by helping students to witness positive results from their own actions, projects, and initiatives. 

For more information on the Clean City High School Green Club Council or the Brampton Clean City Committee, please visit www.brampton.ca or call 905-874-2

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We Can’t Help Without Your Help – Five Pillars of Humanity

Posted on 04 November 2009 by .

 

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Iftar Charity Barbecue

 

Mercy Missions is an Australian based non-profit organization that has recently decided to explore the Canadian grounds. A group of us have been fortunate enough to be chosen to organize our OWN charity case, under the support of Mercy Missions.

Our group is called Five Pillars of Humanity, and we are made up of 6 devoted and hardworking individuals who only are trying to make our city a better place for us all.

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York Region Eid Mela

Five Pillars of Humanity wants to help because a society can flourish only when its members do not spend all their wealth on the satisfaction of their own desires but reserve a portion of it for parents, relatives neighbours, the poor and the incapacitated.  As the saying goes: Charity begins at home. A true believer is thus always prepared, after meeting the needs of his family, to assist other people in need of his help.

Not one of us can do this on our own, which is why immense support is needed from the rest of the community.  A series of charity events are being organized, and in that series one was held at Nene’s Continental cuisine where your generous support made the event very successful.

Esau, Heba, Maheen, Sobia, Aliyah & Bilal

Esau, Heba, Maheen, Sobia, Aliyah & Bilal

Please visit www.mercymission.ca and look for Charity Challenge. Our group name is five pillars of Humanity for more information!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Author: Sobia Malik

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Celebrate the Indian Culture :Rahat Virji President of ICA at York

Posted on 28 October 2009 by .

If you go to York University, you have probably heard of the Indian Cultural Association (ICA). Rahat Virji the current President of the Indian Cultural Association at York University gives us an insight of what ICA really does.

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Indian Cultural Association’s main goal is to create a platform for students to express their talents. Before Indian Cultural Association was known as Bharatiya at York, it was primarily a social organization. They were known as the Bollywood club; they had pub nights, and Bollywood movie nights. ICA was blamed for not opening up or staying within closed doors. As the word Bharatiya is derived from Hindi, many people did not understand what Bharatiya meant. “It is not even an Indian “Student” Association where we are restricting ourselves to just students, but it is an Indian “Cultural” Association, we are trying to spread knowledge about the Indian culture, we are trying to allow people to celebrate the Indian culture” says Rahat Virji. The Indian Cultural Association holds political, social and cultural events.

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The Indian Cultural Association tries to accommodate all kinds of interests which is why they have seven different portfolios including dance, academic, finance, membership volunteers, marketing, webmaster and events. For example the academic portfolio was in charge of a recent movie night event. This time instead of holding a Bollywood movie night, they held a documentary movie night, they showed a documentary titled “Born into Brothels”. It was shot in Calcutta. The documentary is based on a photographer who went to Calcutta and taught children of prostitutes. The photographer showed the children to view the world in a different lens. Then an organization was formed called “Kids with Cameras” that sends children to schools. has fundraisers and a sponsorship program. After the movie night, ICA held a fundraiser and sent money to the “Kids with Cameras” organization. Also ICA came first last year in the dance competition that happens during multicultural week. They have Bollywood dance classes throughout the year, and they performed at many places including Gerrard Festival and Chin Picnic. Great Job ICA!

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The Indian Cultural Association currently has more than 400 members. Elections are held at the end of the year. The students are sent out position openings on the listserv. You need certain volunteer hours for certain positions. Multicultural Week at York University is a great time to volunteer with ICA, as they always need people to help out and represent the amazing Indian Culture! You may become a member by giving a minimal fee of $5; this will give access to free events, discounted events, email updates and so on.

Rahat Virji came to Canada for studies from Bombay, India. he is currently doing a Specialized Honors in Financial Business Economics. When I asked Rahat Virji whether balancing academic life and the responsibilities that come with ICA is a challenge, she says, “It is, to be very honest, it is very hard. I don’t only do these two things, but I also work 24 hours a week, but there is so much exposure, I have learned so much from this group.”

According to Rahat Virji, racism still exists in our community. It is the sad reality. “Basically as soon as I came to York University, it was my first year, I did not know anyone , I had family but I was still living on campus. Winter was starting and it was depressing. People were not making an effort to understand me, I was facing covert racism. I had a strong Indian accent, when I said something, it was gone unheard, people ignored it. And eventually I got over it, I am really happy because it made me a stronger person today. There are different groups at York, there are some people who will make an effort to know who you are, and some who will push you to the side and tell you that you don’t belong here. Racism still exists within the community.”

People need to welcome people from different cultures, most of us living in Toronto already know how to do this. But some of us tend to forget that we are all human in the end. Hopefully next time you meet an intelligent, nice individual who just sounds or looks different from you, you will extend your hand to them rather than turning your back on them!

Rahul Bose is coming to York University on Monday Oct. 19th, noon -2 pm at the Health, Nursing and Environment Studies building, room 140.

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 Author: Noorah Uddin

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Leaders of Tomorrow, Today – Change Within the Society

Posted on 21 October 2009 by .

Social Services Network (SSN) was launched with the support of United Way of York Region (UWYR) in 2004. SSN is a not – for – profit charitable organization that was created specifically to meet the needs of the growing and diverse South Asian community. SSN’s mission is to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the South Asian community through partnerships developed with mainstream service providers.  

Youth make up a significant portion of the York Region community and for this reason they are a primary focus at SSN. To engage youth SSN established a link to the South Asian youth community through the formation of Social Services Network – Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (SSN-LOTT) in May 2008. In carrying out the mission of Social Services Network, SSN-LOTT will be the change within society, to voice, address and resolve issues that South Asian youth face on a daily basis. The committee consists of 12 dedicated youth members from the diverse South Asian community who attend various york region high schools, colleges and universities. The group meets every Saturday morning. Within the overall vision of Social Services Network, SSN- LOTT will facilitate, support, encourage and unite the South Asian youth living in Ontario.

SSN-LOTT has been working on organizing many youth run events throughout the year. In September 2009, SSN-LOTT hosted its first inaugural seminar, ‘HYPE’ (Helping Youth Promote Excellence). SSN-LOTT is proud to present the 4th annual EKtaa – “Unity Within Diversity” show. The event will be held on Saturday November 14th 2009 at Bur Oak Secondary School, in Markham. This year’s theme is “Bridging The Intergenerational Gap”. EKtaa – “Unity Within Diversity”  is a multicultural show in which various South Asian children, youth and seniors will be showcasing their talent through performing arts, in doing so fusing the traditional South Asian culture with a modern vibe.   

Early bird tickets will be sold at $7 and door sales at $10. Visit us online at www.socialservicesnetwork.org

LOTT Members Top Row: (Left to Right) Parth Shah, Chadell Phillip, Harpreet Shokar, Paven Uppal,Bottow Row: (Left to Right) Bhavini Solanki, Jasmine Balley, Baljiwan Uppal, Ruchi Kumar, Neha Gupta, Aeram Khan

LOTT Members Top Row: (Left to Right) Parth Shah, Chadell Phillip, Harpreet Shokar, Paven Uppal,Bottow Row: (Left to Right) Bhavini Solanki, Jasmine Balley, Baljiwan Uppal, Ruchi Kumar, Neha Gupta, Aeram KhanEKTAA – 2008 Back Row Standing Left to right: Sehar Shahzad, Huma Noorani, Kirandeep Kainth, Naim Jutha, Rishi Bayani, Sachin Jain, Jasraj Singh, Neil Ladva Stand holding the board (left to right): Trisha Pramar, Preeti Momi, Bhavini Solanki Sitting (right to left): Tejal Solanki (youth program Manager), Sheliza Khan Susan Kadis Picnic Aug 2008 Left to Right: Jasraj Singh, Angeli Ghelani, Tehsin Jaffer, Bhavini Solanki, Kirandeep Kainth, Susan Kadis (Former MP Thornhill), Tejal Solanki (Youth Program Manager), Sheliza Khan, Sachin Jain, Rishi BhayaniSome of SSN-LOTT members and volunteers: Top Row (left to right) Huma Noorani, Safiah Bhatia, Baljiwan Uppal, Sophie Lalani Middle Row (left to right) Harpreet Shokar, Ameet Nathwani, Vineet Sharma, Tejal Solanki Bottow Row: (left to right) Preetika Purba, Pavitra Logeswaran, Bhavini Solanki, Paven UppalLOTT Member

 

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Author:Tejal Solanki is Program Manager for Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

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Our culture is Unique – Noora, President of Toronto Hyderabadi Association

Posted on 07 October 2009 by .

A year ago, young, energetic Noorah Zafar Mohiuddin thought that there is no representation of Canadian Hyderabadis in South Asian community. Instead of waiting for anyone else to take up the challenge, she took it upon herself to gather the youth of Hyderabadi background. She, then, formed a youth organization called Toronto Hyderabadi Association.

Exec Group from L to R Atiq Bashiruddin, Sobia H. Khatoon, Ayest Basit (VP), Noorah Z. Mohiuddin (President), Norain Nizami, Ambreen Qamar & Omar Jaffar (VP)

 The idea was “to gather Hyderabadis because Hyderabadi culture is very beautiful and unique; we wanted to introduce Hyderabadi culture to other communities and also to network among ourselves,” says Noorah enthusiastically. Noorah is a freshman at George Brown College after being affected by the strike at York University. Prior to her community activism as the President of Toronto Hyderabadi Association, she was the President of Muslim Student Association at her high school. She is up and ready to revive MSA at George Brown College. Exasperatedly, she told me about MSA at George Brown that “there’s nothing going on here.”

Clown entertaining kids at Eid formal

Right now, Noorah and her executive team has pulled together almost 400 members on Facebook. They hold an event almost every month to raise awareness about their organization. The most recent event they put together was Eid formal that was attended by more than 300 people. In this event, clown entertained kids and youth presented comic acts.

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Noorah encourages not only Hyderabadis but all South Asians and non-South Asians to join the group.

 

Author: Saniya Zahid

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PSF- Spreading the Pakistani Culture

Posted on 01 October 2009 by .

PSF? What is it and how did it form? Sitting down with Ali Abid, President PSF, Generation Next got an insight of how the Pakistani Student Federation at University of Toronto in Scarborough campus functions. Being the director of finance in the past for PSF, Ali wanted to make changes within PSF. “My goal is to take PSF to the next level, as compared to other campuses. We are not that recognized and I want to make that happen because I see that we have the potential to be big”. Youth organizations want to be recognized by other students as well as other universities. Ali tells us about himself and his team who are all motivated individuals and who share the same thoughts, so that they can be recognized one day as one of the biggest, most well known Pakistani student group.

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The uniqueness about Ali’s Pakistani student group compared to student groups in other universities is in its name PSF. “Compared to other campuses this is what makes our group unique. Even though we started off as PSA, we had to change the name to PSF because of administrative troubles.” Though the management and the executive team keeps on changing on a yearly basis, Ali tells us how its core values still stay the same. “Even though we have a new president each year, we see to it that the core values remain same,” says Ali. Ali tells Generation Next “I have a different approach and I hope it will work, since I want our group to be recognised as one of the best Pakistani Student groups”.

GEDC1189“In Scarborough the Pakistani population is not that large, but still we are trying our best. In UofT we interview our candidates and on this basis we elect them. Most universities don’t have this interview session since it is considered an undemocratic place.

Being a small group, PSF currently holds eight members and hopes to grow in the future. “Right now we don’t have a complete member list, but two years back we did try to sell membership and unfortunately we just got twenty. One has to complete at least a year to grow. “In my case I have been a part of PSF for more than a year which is why I was able to get president’s position”. “

GEDC1190Ali and his team plan to host lot of on campus events so that many students can get involved. “This will allow us to market ourselves,” he says. “We are planning to host an event every month, and in September we are planning to host Iftar, in October we are going to plan Eid party but obliviously we have other plans like movie nights and antakshari with other student organizations,” he adds.

(from the left) Rehan Farooqi - Director of Marketing, Ali Abid - President, Atef Latif - Vice President, Shoaib Merchant - Director of Communications

(from the left) Rehan Farooqi - Director of Marketing, Ali Abid - President, Atef Latif - Vice President, Shoaib Merchant - Director of Communications

 

Not only is PSF spreading the Pakistani culture, it also acting as a platform for socio-political issues. “I would say that PSF is a mix of both, and at same time we help people network too,” he says. 

Author :Kiran Takrani

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Keeping Culture alive at Ryerson University –Bangladeshi Student Association

Posted on 25 September 2009 by .

Sitting down with Mabubha, we got an insight of how the Bengali Student Association works at Ryerson University. A Business major who had immigrated to Canada from Bangladesh, Mahbuba always took an interest in taking part at different school functions, clubs, and groups. “I was always a friendly person, I could never be quiet, I loved to talk to anyone since I believe that is just the person I am”. “In high school there were a lot of academic groups and not cultural groups but I was a part of most of them, since my group of friends would join it so I would join it as well”.

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Campus Caravan Ryerson just started a Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA) not too long ago, it was formed in 2003. Was it very necessary to have a Bengali Student Association, why not just collaborate with other cultural groups on campus? Mahbuba says that BSA was formed in order to bring together Beganli youth community, and to introduce Bengalis to seniors and the alumnus and to help them network. Among other goals was to showcase the Bengali culture to students and different school bodies.With 200 members, BSA has gained momentum and strength in Ryerson University. “Other universities have a lot of international students but I feel that we are strong according to our schools population,” says Mahbuba. Executive Team

Aside from keeping Bengali culture alive, BSA also helps Bengali students who are new to Ryerson to get them comfortable on campus.

The most famous BSA event on annual basis is the Alpona Contest. It is an art contest where we draw on the floor to create a path, but we do it on paper. We, then, have an artist come evaluate the art work. 

Like every other university, the BSA is funded by their student union. “We are given a certain amount at the start of the year and if we need extra funds then we have to go to the community.” BSA holds a lot of charity events to help out the community which is why Mahbubha feels that the community is more open to their group when it is in need of funding. Aside from that BSA is also involved in raising money for schools in Bangladesh.

Inter Uni Soccer Tournament

Inter Uni Soccer Tournament

Being a non-profit organization, Mabubha and her team uses their funds wisely. “We hold a formal every year and that is where most of our money goes to, so whatever we make from other events that are not tied to charities; we use it towards our formal.”

Aside from the cultural ties and values, BSA is there to help you out as a student. “We are there to help students out if they are experiencing problems, we try to hold seminars like the life of a teenager growing up in Canada, we know that it can be hard since our parents are trying to hold on to our culture and pass it on to us.  Being citizens of two countries it is hard for most students,” says Mahbuba.  Balancing everything out so that you do not disappoint your parents and peers is the solution to the problem.

 Author:Hamesh Singh

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South Asian Alliance at Your Campus

Posted on 05 September 2009 by .

Ever feel that you want to get in touch with other South Asians and make a difference? Want to get involved within the community as well as on university/college campus? Are you the outgoing type of person who likes to take part in events as well as go to formals and cultural shows? Then you should consider joining South Asian Alliance. SAA started 10 years ago and has focused on providing South Asian events not only for South Asian people but for others as well. At their events you will hear different types of music and will get the vibe of different cultures. Sitting down with Naveet Nanwa, Generation Next got the insight of how SAA works at McMaster University, “What SAA really is, is an umbrella of University organizations which started off with just three universities; York University, University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus, and University of Toronto – Mississauga campus” .  Even though the name of this organization includes the words “South Asian”, there is more to it than those two words, “South Asian Alliance is presented in a broader scale, our model is “be the change”, we want to make sure there is no discrimination being experienced by anyone”, says Naveet. With SAA expanding over the years, it now includes over 7 universities.

Every SAA has their own way of expressing their values, at McMaster they are done through events. On an annual basis, all seven universities get together for the yearly SAA culture show, as well as for formals that occur throughout the year with all SAA universities participating, “The amount of events varies amongst campuses, at McMaster we try to do two a month so that ends up being sixteen in a school year”.

McMaster holds a charity poker night where the students are gambling for charity, as Naveet tells us “if you are gambling for charity the concept is different, we hold a huge poker tournament at the university pub and the university throws in a prize as well so it works out evenly, for the charity as well as the students”.  Last year, Naveet and his team chose ASAAP as their charity since they feel that “people are not educated and sex is a taboo topic that no one is going to be open about it”. Another successful event is ‘Sambosas and success,’ “At this event we get past students who are upper year students or who are pursuing their MBAS or other professions and we get them to come and give academic advice to the students”. “A lot of South Asian students feel that they need to be Doctors and Lawyers only in order to be successful but with our Sambosas and success event we called individuals who were pursuing individuals to go to med school but then saw other options and took that route instead. We took this approach because we wanted to show students that there are more things that you can do with your degree and Doctors and Lawyers are not the only professions out there”. Other than the events that SAA holds at McMaster itself, Naveet tells us how “what SAA is original known for are the two big formals which we hold every year one is in November and one is in February”.

In order to be a part of SAA schools have to take their own approach like Naveet and his school did. “If interested the University students have to approach SAA and say that their school can represent SAA and then we put them on a one year grace period, what this includes is we put them on our event flyers and if we feel that school pulls in a large amount of people to our events then we know that they are worth joining the club”. “A lot of South Asians tend to stay in their own circle and not see the world outside, but what they do not realize is that it takes nothing to be a part of SAA and be a member if you are interested then you purchase a membership card and you are an automatic member”. The membership only costs $5 and it gives you discount to many SAA events even including the formal. There are rules and aspects that you have to abide as being an SAA member, you have to make sure to not be involved with promoters but you must be there for your students and your members and there are many more aspects involved with the constitution.

Author: Kiran Takrani

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Sikh Student Association- Keeping the Culture Alive

Posted on 31 August 2009 by .

Are parents being as aware and cautious towards children, as they should be? Why is it that most kids want to get involved with gangs or are doing drugs or taking part in violent acts? Has our society failed to teach our younger generation as well as future generations how to be civil still? Generation Next sat down with Jasdev Singh to get a better understanding of how the Sikh community is today. Being a part of Canadian organization of Sikh students he is highly active within the organization. Being the vice president, he tells us how “It is an umbrella organization of all Sikh student associations in all universities and campuses; it is a national organization which has members all over Canada”. The main focus of this organization is to get Sikh children and their focus away from drugs, gangs, and violence. “We want to get in touch with the culture and the roots that are there as well as religion so these children have a sense of understanding the Sikh religion”. Are youth these days not paying the attention they should towards religion and cultural aspects? “Children these days are getting more involved with drugs, gangs, and violence, we feel as an organization if we have different community events set up for them they will feel that they have other things that they can divide their time and attention towards”.

What made Jasdev get involved within the Sikh community were many different reasons. “I look at it as God’s blessing that I am in this religion, because I grew up in areas where there was much gang violence and if I didn’t get the chance that I had to get into the Sikh religion and be involved within the community, I would have been a different person”. Change is able to occur within any youth, it’s just the youth has to take the initiative. These children are going to be our future generation and we would want nothing but the best for them. With any youth these days the topics of drugs, gangs, and violence seem to be a huge growing issue. “Kids from any South Asian community in high school experience a lot of exposure towards gangs, drugs, and violence, I feel that there needs to be more support groups for youth where you can get these kids off drugs.”

These classes are now being spread everywhere because Jasdev wants to see change within the South Asian community not only among Sikh youth. His words were very inspiring and he is very serious about the different negative aspects that these youngsters are being involved with. Jasdev holds classes every Monday and Wednesday at a Gurdwara in Brampton, he teaches Sikh martial arts during these days and they are being set up in all areas across the GTA region. Other ways for children to be involved are with camps which are held every year during march break as well as summer holidays where children are taught not only about religion but also issues they come across in schools. The children are taught different leadership roles and how to prevent from being involved with drugs, gangs and violence. Not to forget, these children are also taught about their cultural background, their mother tongue, Punjabi, as well as they try to get the children to read and write Punjabi. “We try to teach the children everything we possibly can so they can have a better understanding of Sikhism, we also teach them the Sikh philosophy so that they can have a better understanding of Sikhism in more depth.”

It is very important that youth get involved with these types of activities since the rate of youth doing negative things are skyrocketing. As Jasdev tells Generation Next, “Abortion rates within young girls are around 85% now, which is such a horrible thing since these children are young and should be focusing their time and efforts towards something else”. South Asian children need to be more involved within the community so that they can stay on the right track. “Every community should be aware of what is going on, we want our kids the “new generation” to be very educated and on the right path”. Lets work together to make this community a better place for these youth to grow up in.

Author: Kiran Takrani

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