Waheguru Ji Ka KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ke Fateh Dear Sadh Sangat Ji from the 209 and Beyond, I became involved with Jakara Movement nearly three years ago in hopes of becoming more involved with my sangat. This community building organization has not only educated me more on Sikhi, but also helped shape me as a leader in a number of ways. I truly admire the wide scope of work Jakara Movement does for the Panth, spearheading any challenges being faced while perpetually inspiring youth to reach their full potential in life. I am humbled to be given the role as the 209 Community Organizer. I was born and raised in the 209 and take great pride in my hometown, Ceres. I pursued higher education in the bay area, and am happy to have moved back home a couple months ago. With my newfound knowledge and experiences, it is now my turn to give back to the community that raised me. My Public Health background enables me to recognize various disparities our sangat faces daily. I envision a place where we resiliently all work together to move upstream and reduce the adversities. Let’s create a healthy space for conversation. Together, we will work together to build begampura and strengthen our quam. In eternal optimism (Chardikala), Jaspreet KaurYour 209 Community Organizer Founded in 2000, the Jakara Movement began as a collegiate conference but has evolved into an institution for the recruitment and training of volunteers and a hub for the Sikh youth. With a focus on the interstices of education, health, gender, and social justice, the Jakara Movement inclusively engages large sections of the Sikh youth in various projects to strengthen their identity and consciousness as Sikhs, foster education through service-learning, and inspire activism and volunteerism within the greater Qaum.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Many of us have a strong desire to help others. Some choose to become doctors or nurses and care for patients. Some choose to become farmers and grow food for us. Some choose to become engineers and make life easier for people. Some choose to become truck or taxi drivers and provide transportation for goods and people. Some choose to become lawyers and advise those in need. Read more
Sangat. This simple word defines the Jakara Movement. From our committed supporters like you, to our volunteers, staff, and donors, every person involved with Jakara plays a vital role in fulfilling our mission of developing the next generation of Sikh leaders and building community power. As 2017 comes to an end, we want to reflect on the transformational things we accomplish together. Allow us to continue doing even greater work in 2018 by making a donation today. 5 Reasons to Donate Today I wanted to continue sharing with you about our work because it's complex and there are many programs and ways in which we engage with the community. 1. We believe in developing our youth. From Jakara Juniors kids camps to Nishaan (our high school conference) and Lalkaar (our collegiate conference), there is a need to prioritize our youth and connect with them at an early age. The Jakara Movement is a place where they can connect through different avenues. This year we connected with over 1,000 Sikh youth through our programs. 2. We believe in bridging the gap in resources. From Sikhiya college application assistance to voting materials in Punjabi, there is a need for the Punjabi community to have access to the same resources others do. The Jakara Movement works to ensure we are providing necessary resources for our community. This year we provided over 60 high school students help with their college applications, lobbied to get Punjabi as a language on the US Census, and are working to get voting materials in Punjabi as well. 3. We believe in safe and inclusive spaces. From the Sikh Honors & Service Society to conferences, there is a need to have spaces where all feel welcome. The Jakara Movement prioritizes inclusive environments at all programs and events. This year we fostered one-day and multi-day programs to allow for Sikhs to have a place where they can continue their Sikh journey, regardless of where they are on that path. 4. We believe in having critical conversations. From Kaur Voices to workshops/discussions on sensitive topics such as domestic violence, alcoholism, drugs, mental health, and so much more, there is a need to prioritize conversations that are critical to our well-being. The Jakara Movement ensures we engage in the conversations that are often silenced. This year we created platforms for crucial conversations to be discussed and not silenced. 5. We believe in community power. From organizing petitions to rallies & working with elected officials, there is a need to build power. The Jakara Movement is prioritizing community power to ensure sustainability and progress. This year we made great leaps for our community - having a Sikh voice at a DACA Rally, lobbying for Punjabi resources, and being engaged with public education textbook reform, we have had a Sikh presence where it is needed. This work has only been sustainable because of your support. Now, it's my turn to ask you: will you support the work being done in the Sikh community? Whether it's $50, $100, $500 or $1,000, your donation directly goes back to your community. Will you donate today & help us continue the work we are doing? I hope you understand the crucial community work we are able to do with your support. It's quite simple, you just have to go to www.jakara.org/donate and make a donation today or reply to this email and I'll happily send you our mailing address. I know together we can reach greater heights. SHARE YOUR GENEROSITY We are thankful that you support Jakara. As we near the end of the year, please help us maintain our ability to provide programming that is essential for our community. Your donation of any size leverages collaboration and creativity across the areas we work in, and makes a dynamic impact through youth leadership, education, and community building. Through your support, you demonstrate the true meaning of sangat (community). Together, we accomplish more. Together, we are the movement. So whether your family uses the Gregorian or Nanakshahi calendar, wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! If you have any questions, comments, criticisms, or even encouragements - please feel free to email/call me anytime at 916-750-5287 Thank you for reading about your community. Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to hearing from you.In Chardi Kala (eternal optimism), Palvinder KaurDirector of Development & Programs firstname.lastname@example.org Share your time and volunteer.Express your generosity and donate to your movement.Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on InstagramFollow us on Snapchat - @jakaramovementStay up to date through our BlogCheck out our pics on Flickr
Position Title: PART-TIME - SoCal Community Organizer Organizational Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Director General Summary: The Jakara Movement Community Organizer will recruit, develop, retain and train local volunteers to promote programming and projects, build a greater media and civic presence in the wider community, and implement local campaigns and actions. APPLICATIONS DUE: December 17th and will begin start date after discussion with applicant. Read more
Position Title: 209 Community Organizer (Stockton to Merced) Organizational Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Director General Summary: The Jakara Movement Community Organizer will recruit, develop, retain and train local volunteers to promote programming and projects, build a greater media and civic presence in the wider community, and implement local campaigns and actions. APPLICATIONS DUE: May 15th and will begin start date after discussion with applicant. Read more
Position Title: Sacramento/Yuba City Community Organizer Organizational Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Director and working with Director of Development and Programs General Summary: The Jakara Movement Community Organizer will recruit, develop, retain and train local volunteers to promote programming and projects, build a greater media and civic presence in the wider community, and implement local campaigns and actions. APPLICATIONS DUE: December 17th and will begin start date after discussion with applicant. Read more
3 Job Openings: Join the Movement as a Community Organizer The Jakara Movement with the Guru’s Nadir (Grace), seva of our volunteers, the baksh (benediction) of the Sangat, and the parupkaari (generosity) of the community is pleased to announce 3 new positions to serve the community. The deadline for each position in 12/17 or until filled. Apply today! We are seeking a full-time Sacramento/Yuba City area Community Organizer - see here for more details. We are seeking a full-time Stockton/Merced (area code 209) area Community Organizer - see here for more details. We are seeking a part-time Southern California area Community Organizer - see here for more details.
Now up to 6 full-time and 1 part-time staff members, we serve the needs of the Sikh community up and down the state of California and beyond. Palvinder Kaur returns to the Sacramento/Yuba City region after completing her Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston. Below this message you'll see her address to the community. Read more
It has been some time, since I have last updated the sangat and while I owe an apology, it has not been due to a lack of work. Since we last spoke, the Jakara Movement has some really important news to share. Here is a snap shot in bullet form of what this email will cover. If you're brave enough to get to the end, don't hesitate to share with me your thoughts and ideas. Jakara Movement Efforts to Demand Punjabi Recognition from Congress US Census will Recognize Punjabi in 2020 Growth of Punjabi Language in California The State of the SHSS - High School Sikh Life The State of the JMC - Collegiate Sikh Life Update from Soojh: Building Begampura and Casting out Caste Lalkaar Conference - 5 Reasons Why EVERY Collegiate Sikh Needs to Attend Bhujangan Kaur Leadership Retreat (July 13-16) Bhujangi Sikh Boys Academy (July 15-23) 4th Annual "Rise Above the Influence" Basketball Tournament (June 3-4) 5Rivers Scholarship Support Gurmukh Singh's Family 1984 Sikh Genocide Resolution in Pittsburgh, PA Read more
With hate crimes on a rise, I think it’s crucial for all of us to come as one to raise our community profile, create real interactions, and build sangat through initiatives like the Know Your Neighbor. The first time we had the Know Your Neighbor event was in Fresno when Piara Singh ji was beaten for simply being a Sikh man. To put an end to such ignorance, our Sikh youth got together to educate their neighbors about Sikhs. Just recently, similar hate crime took place in Kent, Washington. A Sikh man was shot in his arm and was told to go back to his country. I was at the Stockton Gurudwara when I first heard about this. I was furious and wanted to have the know your neighbor event in our local community before such incident took place in our area! Livingston High School’s Sikh Honor Service Society’s members came together with Merced College’s Jakara Movement Club and had a Know Your Neighbor event in Livingston from March 9th to 11th. Read more