University Shakha: Creating a Regular and Sustained Cultural Experience
Hindu YUVA organizes weekly gatherings, called Shakha, at 18 universities across the country. Students gain knowledge about Hindu Dharma not just by listening to presentations or reading books, but by immersing themselves in firsthand experience: by doing yoga, playing games, having intellectually stimulating discussions, and doing community service projects around campus.
Speaker on Campus: Bringing the Relevant Knowledge of Hindu Culture to Universities
Hindu YUVA organizes Speaker on Campus, a lecture series to raise awareness about Hindu philosophy, thought, practices (and their applicability in modern context). This program brings eminent speakers to university campuses to present to students and faculty on topics such as Yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, and various aspects of Hindu philosophy. Speaker on Campus has been conducted across the country for the past four years touching more than 80 Universities.
Yuva Sangam: A Confluence of Young Minds
Yuva Sangams are day-long or weekend retreats that bring together youth and help them connect to their Hindu roots. Activities include games, yoga, team-building workshops, and discussions on challenges and opportunities faced by Hindu youth in America. Last year, five regional yuva sangams were held around the country, with participation from 200 youth.
Yuva for Sewa: Opportunity to Create Positive Change
For the past four years, Yuva for Sewa provides youth an opportunity to volunteer their time, while using their area of interest, to help the disadvantaged. Projects throughout the US, India, and the Caribbean are designed for building leadership and teamwork, empowering visionaries, and providing firsthand experience in helping the community. Last summer, five student volunteers dedicated a few weeks to service projects as diverse as microfinance, slum development, and teaching English.
Leadership Development Camps: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders
Week-long leadership development camps are organized to help youth realize and prepare for exceptional leadership roles. These intensive and fun-filled training camps build confidence, instill a sense of social service, promote leadership qualities, and help build a strong network of like-minded youth. Last year, 60 youth participated in five such camps.
Tattva: A Hindu Magazine for Youth
Tattva is a unique Hindu magazine for youth which provides a way to present inspiring aspects of the ancient Hindu culture along with related current day issues, and offer youth a forum to share ideas. During last 3 years, Tattva has grown from a handful of readers and contributors to reach an audience of 2,500 readers in 18 countries, with youth contributing articles from all over the world.