The Jakara Movement is made of a large number of sevadars throughout the United States. A number of our key staff have been honored for their work through a number of organizations, including UCLA's prestigious Chancellor's Service Award and two members have earned SALDEF's Youth Leadership Award. These and the vast majority of unnamed volunteers are committed in seva for the Sikh community.
Iqbal Singh - Paaras Youth Center Co-Director
Along with the exciting news of our very first Youth Center,we would like to announce our Youth Center Director, Iqbal Singh. Iqbal has been a member of the Jakara family since 2007. He joined the Jakara Movement in Fresno as a volunteer at his local kids camps. Four years later his studies took him to UC Davis, and his involvement with Jakara went along with him. He continued to lead kids camps in the West Sacramento area, and joined the Jakara Hisaydar board. Iqbal is currently in preparation of his first year of law school. He is more ready than ever to kick off the community's own Paaras Youth Center, and hopes to teach a Dhol class or two. To Reach Iqbal Singh please feel free to contact him via email at email@example.com or by phone at 559-677-SIKH
Amrit Kaur - Southern California Community Organizer
In 2014 we welcome Amrit Kaur as our newest Community Organizer, focusing her efforts in Southern California. A Northern California native, her involvement began with her local Gurdwara and Sikh youth camps in Sacramento. After moving to Southern California and attending UC Irvine, she has gone on to become a board member of various Sikh organizations, such as the UCI Sikh Student Association, UCI Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative, Sikhlens, and Lalkaar. In the pursuit of rallying the community, Amrit helped lead health clinics, Gurbani-centric discussions, and events that foster a unified Panth. Her journey with The Jakara Movement and her education in Public Health Policy have reinforced her passion for empowering individuals and making a difference in marginalized communities. And she’s an amazing party planner! If you’d like to get in touch with her, feel free to reach Amrit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaskiranjot (Joti) Kaur - Northern California Community Organizer
Joti hails from Fresno, California but now lives in the Bay Area. She first learned about Jakara in 2005 when she volunteered at a Jakara Juniors Camp in Fresno. She vividly remembers the camp because learning about Kartarpur made a difference in her life. It is what inspired her to continue attending Jakara conferences even while she was in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps she started community college and studied English and Social Welfare and continued volunteering at Bhujangan Youth Academies and Jakara Junior Camps. She later transferred to UC Berkeley as a Social Welfare major and recently graduated in 2015. Joti’s biggest passions are working with a youth and involving them in projects to change the trajectories of their lives. Without Jakara she wouldn’t know as much as she does about Sikhi. In her spare time, she likes writing poetry and listening to music. Get in touch with Joti at email@example.com
Simranjit (Sim) Singh - Paaras Youth Center Co-Director
Sim is a Fresno local, who grew up in a small town nearby called Kerman. His involvement with Jakara began very early when he was
a sophomore in high school. He attended some Jakara Juniors camps and took a liking to Jakara, eventually he became more and more involved and now wishes to help Jakara expand and inspire the next generation. Sim enjoys spending time with his friends and family, working on the family farm, golfing, having a good laugh, but most importantly he finds no greater joy than helping others. Currently Sim is pursuing a bachelors in Mathematics, hoping to one day become an educator. His goal in life is to help his community thrive.