Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh At the age of 12, I was asked by a dear family friend, "Harveen, what is your purpose in life?" I was baffled and perplexed at the question of my existence; I had never pondered upon something so introspective. I couldn't answer the question then, but after many years of exploring, I discovered my purpose and what I am passionate about: community building and social justice. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and although the city is filled with diversity, I have been witness to the Sikh community and other marginalized groups being treated like second class citizens. Read more
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh As I begin this journey, I think back to a time in my childhood when Community Organizers did not exist. In retrospect, they have always existed- however, they didn’t exist to serve, cater to, and advocate for my community. My experience working behind-the-scenes in local politics allowed me to see firsthand how underrepresented and uninvolved the Punjabi Sikh community is in important decision-making processes. The value of Punjabi Sikhs in Fresno has largely been determined in the past by our contributions to the economy, and I commend Jakara for being dedicating to changing that narrative. We are more than our fiscal contributions. Our numbers are large, our needs are large, and it is time our resources in this city reflect that. I’m happy to say that I’ve taken advantage of the many programs Jakara has created for the youth. From being a Jakara Junior at Singh Sabha gurdwara, to leading the JMC on Fresno State’s campus, and spending my collegiate years attending conferences annually to connect with amazing individuals across California. It is because of the doors that this organization has opened for me that I was able to discover my passions, and I am beyond eager to spend the near future giving back to a community that has given me so much. I look forward to serving, catering to, and advocating for the Punjabi Sikh community in whatever capacity I can. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your Sangat, may we meet soon. Jaskeet Kaur Fresno County Community Organizer firstname.lastname@example.org 559-304-5250
Waheguru Ji Ka KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ke Fateh I grew up in a very diverse ethnic environment, and seeing the love others had for their roots made me want to uplift mine. It is difficult being a first generation because you often have to pave a path for your beliefs that many have not yet heard of. Sikhism is a very beautiful religion and is the reason to why I am excited to be part of the Jakara Movement. I got involved with the Jakara Movement my sophomore year in college. I helped start the JMC chapter at CSU Stanislaus along with other students who were interested in the cause. JMC is a subchapter of the Jakara Movement which is dedicated to college students and helping them find ways to utilize their voice for themselves or the sangat. After being involved for 3 years I joined on as the Civic Engagement Manager which takes on the responsibility for the 209 area in preparation and execution of the 2020 Census. It is important for the elders and the youth to take part and not only be represented but be the representatives and influencers for the community. No matter age, no matter lifestyle we are all Sikh and it is my pleasure to be working with this Movement to give back to the Sangat. I am here for you, We are here for you.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” For me, that day was June 12, 2019. It was a day when Livingston High School students, parents, community members, and Jakara Movement stood together against a school district trying to end Punjabi classes at Livingston High School. With Waheguru’s kirpa, we succeeded in bringing the community together and saving our language. Read more
This week all of Fresno mourns but the Punjabi Sikh community in Fresno remembers, laments, and celebrates loudest. Jasbir Kaur Sidhu (lovingly known in the community as “Guddi Sidhu”) was a tour de force in the Fresno Punjabi Sikh community for over three decades. To tell her story provides a history of the community, its growth, its beauty, and its grace. Read more
We are excited to share a new opportunity for the community. We are hiring a Bakersfield Community Organizer Intern with internship, part-time, and full-time possibilities. Read the description here on this Indeed.com link and apply or share with your friends/family today!
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Pyari Sadh Sangat ji, As a descendant of musicians & raagis, my introduction to Sikhi was through keertan. I grew up listening to my parents compose and teach gurbani in various classical raags and light compositions. The three pillars of Sikhi, kirat karo, naam japo, and vand chhako was something I witnessed every day through my parents’ actions. They diligently worked day and night to spread the knowledge of shabad guru to the sangat around them. I moved from my birthplace, Thailand, to the Bay Area at the age of twelve. In the beginning, adjusting to the new culture and country was difficult but again, through keertan, I was able to connect with the local sangat. I became more involved, and devoted my time to activities in gurdwaras and youth-led events around the Bay. My compassion and love towards Sikhi grew, and I knew, through my parents’ and sangat’s teachings, that I wanted to serve my people. This is how I found my position as the new Bay Area community organizer at the Jakara Movement. Jakara has made tremendous successful efforts to uplift the Sikh community, especially the youth. I am grateful to be a part of an organization that is extremely dedicated towards the cultivation of our qaum. The growth of our community is important to me, and I hope to utilize my humble role to empower, and provide resources for the wellness of our society. In Charhdi Kala, Ragini Kaur 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 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 email@example.com 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