Youth Activites

Welcome to Youth Activities!

The Youth Activities program is designed youth between the ages of 13-20. Our mission is to engage and develop young Jains through lessons on Dharma, leadership and professionalism, and connecting the youth across the globe to create and implement a strong young Jains network. We hope to achieve this mission through our experiential daytime sessions and unforgettable nighttime events! Please note: In order to attend Youth Activities Session you must register for JAINA and add the Youth Activities Add-on.

 

Youth Activity Programing*

Daytime Sessions

Daytime sessions will feature engaging and inspirational speakers about Jainism and the importance of its values to youth. Inline with the JAINA conventions theme we will take a look at Jainism in the 21st century: Seva, Satsang, Samarpan, Sadhana, and Self-realization. Get excited for some diverse and powerful sessions about Jainism in the 21st Century. Stay tuned for a speaker line-up.

Service Project

Join us for a vibrant and impactful community service project where we will work to service those less fortunate than us. Mingle with your fellow attendees and jam to your favorite music while also exemplifying the Jain value of Seva.

JIA:JAINA Edition

The JAINA 2019 Youth Activities Committee is mixing the creativity of JIA (Jains in Action) and speed of a hackathon to bring you the most fast-paced problem-solving activity in YJA history! You will have two hours to work with your group to design a solution to a problem in our Jain communities. You will be coached and guided by some of the best mentors YJA has to offer. If you think you think you have the guts, the brains, and the drive to create change in your community, this event is the one for YOU! Keep an eye out for the JIA sign-ups coming soon. Sign-ups will be first come, first serve.

*Please note that scheduling and programming is subject to change based of circumstances

Meet our Youth Activites Chairs

Dharmi Shah:

Dharmi Shah is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and originally from Dothan, Alabama. She enjoys being a foodie, practicing yoga, hanging out with her friends, and lounging in various coffee shops. She has been involved with Young Jains of America by serving as a Local Representative for a few years, Director of Events (2016-2017), and as one of the Executive Board Co-Chairs (2017-2018). She is very excited to be part of the 2019 JAINA Convention Board and to organize eventful youth activities and sessions for this Convention!
dharmi.shah@yja.org

Puja Savla:

Puja Savla is currently a Biology and Chemistry teacher at El Camino Charter High School. She is an avid LA sports fan. She spends time with family and friends, and enjoys playing board games and taking bike rides down the Pacific Coast. She also spends time relaxing by drawing, painting, and decorating her bullet journal. She is also been vegan for over 5 years and loves trying new vegan restaurants in LA and when travelling. She has been an active part of her local Jain Community as a past pathshala teacher at Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) and in the National Jain Community as the West Regional Coordinator (2014-2015) and one of the Executive Board Co-Chairs (2015-2016) for the 2016 Young Jains of America (YJA) convention in LA.
puja.savla@yja.org

Avish Jain:

Avish Jain is a support engineer at Flatiron Health, an oncology healthtech company based in New York, and also runs a web and technology services firm. Originally from the Cleveland area, Avish has been an active member in the Jain community and served as Co-Chair (2016-17) and Director of IT (2015-16) for Young Jains of America (YJA). He is passionate about bringing people together to build community and develop strategies to create meaningful change. He is a big foodie and loves to spend his time traveling, playing the violin, and cheering on his favorite sports teams (especially Ohio State, from where he is a dual-degree alum).
avish.jain@yja.org

Youth Activities Schedule
2019 JAINA Convention
Thurs, July 4th Friday, July 5th Saturday, July 6th Sunday, July 7th
10:00 AM
Art of Bowing: When the Heart Leads the Head
Revered Heng Sure & Nipun Mehta
(Lake Silverwood)
MusicRecycle: Saving the Environment
Kanika Patawari
(Lake Silverwood)
10:30 AM
Seva
Community Service Activity with YJP and Jain Connect
(Double Tree)
11:00 AM
Jainism in College
Neelam Savla, Julie Mehta, Shivani Daftary, Ayush Jain, & Vineet Shah
(Lake Silverwood)
Jainism 101: Explain it to me like I’m a first grader.
Rishabh Parekh
(Big Bear)
Nourish the Body & Soul
Priyanka Shah
(Lake Silverwood)
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
Lunch
(Convention Center)
Lunch
(Convention Center)
Lunch
(Convention Center)
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
Jain Veganism: Identity Through Perspective
Sunny Jain
(Lake Silverwood)
Reframing Failure and Negativity
Julie Shah
(Big Bear)
Seva with Sova
Community Service Activity
(Lake Silverwood)
Goodbyes
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
Implementing Anekantvad in Modern Times
Anil Singhvi
(Lake Silverwood)
Jains in Action (JIA): JAINA Edition 2019
Hackathon Activity
(Big Bear)
YJA-ers of the Round Table
Young Jains of America (YJA) Executive Board
(Lake Silverwood)
3:00 PM
Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) Finals
(Convention Center)
3:30 PM
Admit One
Carnival
(Lake Silverwood, Big Bear)
4:00 PM
Naach with Neesha
Neesha Daulat
(Lake Silverwood)
Samaira Mehta
(Lake Arrowhead)
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner
(Convention Center)
Dinner
(Convention Center)
Dinner
(Convention Center)
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
Garba
(Convention Center)
One Rhythm, One World
Cultural Show
(Convention Center)
LA Nights
Formal Night
(Lake Silverwood)
9:00 PM
9:30 PM
One Hit Wonder
Karaoke Night
(Big Bear)
10:00 PM
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM
NOTE: All programming under Youth Activities is held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport unless otherwise noted.
DRESS CODE Daytime: Casual Admit One: Casual One Hit Wonder: Casual, or dress as a singer from the early 2000s to 1990s LA Nights:
Ladies: long formal/semi-formal floor-length banquet dress and heels/flats
Gentleman: suit & tie/bowties or dress shirts & pants
Please dress in appropriate clothing. No ripped jeans, short shorts, low-cut tops, etc. Feel free to reach out if you have questions

Meet our Youth Activites Planning Committees

Ankith Desai

Bansari Shah

Dhvani Kakabalia

Jaina Doshi

Kush Shah

Rishi Zhaveri

Sanjana Jain

Shreya Udani

More information on daytime sessions and nighttime events to come soon!

Please reach out to youth@jaina.org if you have any questions.

Sessions

Daytime sessions will feature captivating, inspirational, and lively speakers about Jainism and the importance of its values to youth. Going along with the overall convention’s theme, we will take a look at Jainism in the 21st century: Seva, Satsang, Samarpan, Sadhana, and Self-realization. Get excited for some diverse and powerful sessions about how we as youth can progress with Jainism in the 21st century. NOTE: You do not have to register for sessions ahead of time.

JIA: JAINA Edition

Mixing the creativity of JIA (Jains in Action) and speed of a hackathon we are bringing you the most fast-paced problem-solving activity in Jaina history! You will have two hours to work with your group to design a solution to a problem in our Jain communities. You will be coached and guided by some of the best mentors YJA has to offer. If you think you think you have the guts, the brains, and the drive to create change in your community, this event is the one for YOU! You must register ahead of time for this session, so sign up now!

Seva with Sova

To give back to the community, we will be helping uplift the local homeless population by packing essential hygiene kits to be distributed by a local organization named, Sova. Mingle with your fellow attendees and jam to your favorite music while also exemplifying the Jain value of Seva in a fun and creative way!

Social Programming

Ready to start off this year’s JAINA Convention right? Come stop by the Admit One Carnival to play a quick game of bean toss or just eat a cupcake while listening to some tunes! This will be a great opportunity to socialize with friends on the first day and make some new ones too.

One Hit Wonder

Time to showcase your singing skills at JAINA 2019! Come and kick it old school with our karaoke night: One Hit Wonder! It’s a night you won’t want to miss as we go through the classics and enjoy a night full of singing, games, and socializing! Come dressed casually or as your favorite singer.

LA Nights

We are so excited to present to you this year’s formal, LA Nights, where we will bring the best of LA right to you and mark the end of a memorable weekend! Stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and later dance the night away beside the palm trees and LACMA lights. Ladies may dress in American formal attire (i.e. long formal/semi-formal floor-length banquet dress and heels/flats) and Gentlemen can also rock the night away in American formal attire (i.e. suit & tie/bowties or dress shirts & pants).

Restaurant Reservations plugin required.