Youth – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Want to bring a bigger change? https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2015/12/want-to-bring-a-bigger-change/ Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:21:10 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2340  

 

 

Divya Kaur (right).

Below is a message from UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid (AHAA) graduate Divya Kaur. 

 

Dear Supporter Ji,

Right from my childhood, I have faced the challenges of modern society. Should I learn Gurmukhi or Spanish? Harmonium or Piano? Shabad Kirtan or Choir? Would colleges give me credit for choosing something they are not familiar with? Would organization and corporations understand that Langar Seva (serving food) is on equal footing with volunteering at a food shelter? This created an emotional tussle between me and myself, but I chose the former-my Sikh identity-because that’s who I am.

As a teenager, I realized that America welcomes everyone. However, Washington D.C. expects different communities to speak up for themselves. Without the hard work of a few, minority groups will neither get recognition, nor their rights. That’s why, although I had many opportunities for internships and other programs, I was ecstatic to be chosen into the highly selective UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) this summer. Meeting with congressmen in D.C. and being part of the minority voice was a dream come true. It is not that I walked into their office and they had an open time slot to meet with me. The bigger question was “What coherent powerful impressionable statement would I make when I meet with influential policy makers?” Never had I thought about such details, until I decided to be mentored by professionals.

AHAA students met with the office of Congressman Mike Honda.

First, I applied and was welcomed into the UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy. The Academy platform was used to organize workshops to decipher the policy making process. It arranged for speakers to highlight global Sikh issues and helped students like myself network with professionals whose business is advocacy. They taught the entire process of engaging with lawmakers to make powerful impression. Just the inspiration from the boundless energy of the people itself was priceless. My mentor, UNITED SIKHS attorney Jaspreet Kaur, actually drove down from New York and dedicated countless hours to coach a team of us.

This experience was a must-have to provide a serious boost to my motivation and uplift my confidence. UNITED SIKHS arranged everything starting with picking me up from the airport. Because Sikh donors from all walks of life have contributed to UNITED SIKHS, I was able to have this experience at a mere nominal fee. Based on my firsthand experience, I know our future is in need of serious investment. We all make investments – financial investments for retirement, familial investments in our children, investment in our community to build a better world. Obviously, the better world must include our values and provide opportunities for our community.

Why not connect with UNITED SIKHS? It is an eminent organization that promulgates Sikh values and human rights. You can start with a donation! A part of your dasvandh (donation) can be used for a better future: yours and mine.

I am Divya Kaur, a graduate of the UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy, and a teenager focused on making an even bigger difference in the world, and I approve this message.

Sincerely,

Divya Kaur

Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy Graduate

UNITED SIKHS

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UNITED SIKHS: Filling Gaps in Community Oral Health Needs https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/06/united-sikhs-filling-gaps-in-community-oral-health-needs/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/06/united-sikhs-filling-gaps-in-community-oral-health-needs/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 04:32:58 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1995

Highlights:

  • UNITED SIKHS’ team provided free medical and oral health screenings
  • Promoting Oral Health and Dental care in the Sikh Community
  • Click here for more information on CEED Projects and how you can volunteer to help.

New York/New Jersey, USA – Results from an ongoing study conducted by UNITED SIKHS and partners, within the Sikh American community in New York, show that more than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members have never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. Identifying and acting upon this need, UNITED SIKHS’ Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED) team provided free medical and oral health screenings: on April 7, 2013 at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Port Reading, NJ; on April 21, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, NY; and on June 2, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Sabha in Port Reading, NJ.

Supported by the Dentaquest Foundation’s National Community Committee Oral Health Initiative, this was the first time our health projects focused on oral health and its relationship with chronic medical conditions, such as, diabetes and hypertension. Our partners in this undertaking are the New York University Prevention Research Center, New York University College of Dentistry, many Gurdwaras across New York and New Jersey and community members.

The highlight of the event was addressing oral health promotion in the Sikh American communities in New York and New Jersey, and built a capacity for community engagement for oral health. The four-hour oral health screenings attracted over one hundred and fifty participants who took advantage of our fifty volunteers providing language support and access to oral health services such as proper teeth cleaning and flossing, preventing cavities, oral health tips, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, oral cancer screenings and oral health awareness.

Screening

Gurjeet Kaur, a community member who attended said, “It was a wonderful event and was very helpful. At the oral screening, I found that I had a cavity which I will get taken care of. I learned how to take better care of my teeth. The event was very well organized and all the volunteers were very helpful.”

Dr. Rucha Kaur, CEED manager, UNITED SIKHS, expressed her excitement of the event saying, “This is an example of community-academic collaboration where we are building upon projects we have previously undertaken in the community. More than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members, in our study, had never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. We recognized the crucial gap in the health needs of our community members and brought resources and partners to address and educate the community.”

Health providers were faculty and students from NYU College of Dentistry, individual doctors, medical assistants and dental hygienists, who volunteered their time and expertise. Each participant was given an information brochure to take with them detailing oral care and its importance.

Issued By:

Dr. Seema Kaur Director,

Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED)

UNITED SIKHS

Tel: 1-646-688-3525 ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

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Inter-faith Vigil at NYC https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/08/inter-faith-vigil-at-nyc/ Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:27:43 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1491 More than 1000 people from different faiths and communities gathered at the Union Square Park, New York to participate at the Interfaith Vigil organized by the Sikh Community of New York City. The vigil was organized to commemorate the killings that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on 5th August, 2012.

In light of the tragic shootings that took place at the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in Milwaukee an Interfaith candle light vigil and Ardaas (prayer) was organised and some prominent faith leaders, government reps participated and shared their condolences with the community. Different Sikh oranizations and associations such as UNITED SIKHS, Manhattan Sikh Association and Sikh Coalition etc. participated and helped everyone understand the basics of sikhism  by distributing the pamphlets of “Who are the Sikhs”

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Peace, unity, compassion Jasvir Kaur tells us about her experience at Langgar 2012 https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/07/peace-unity-compassion-jasvir-kaur-tells-us-about-her-experience-at-langgar-2012/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/07/peace-unity-compassion-jasvir-kaur-tells-us-about-her-experience-at-langgar-2012/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 00:10:10 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1438 July 21st at Seven Kings Gurdwara London UK Jasvir Kaur with Fauja Singh at Langgar 2012 Jasvir Kaur and UNITED SIKHS Director Sun Kaur at Langgar 2012 July 21st 2012

Peace, unity, compassion seems far out of reach these days with all the complexities of life. Being around hopeful, active, optimistic people serving a greater good is the experience of sangat, it’s not out of reach at all. This is the experience I felt when I participated in Langaar 2012.

UNITED SIKHS asked me to represent the USA in one of its creative projects for the London 2012 Olympics Torch Relay. I was honoured and a bit selfish when I accepted the offer. Honored because they thought I was worthy of representing the UNITED SIKHS and selfish because I heard that Fauja Singh was going to be carrying the torch and I would meet him. It’s been a personal dream of mine to meet him. I first heard of Fauja Singh and his quest to run for charity about ten years back, when he was at the tender age of 92. After learning more about him, I was inspired to run a marathon as well. Yeap, did it once and that was enough for me. It’s a mental challenge more than a physical one, I understood why discipline was important. Discipline in diet, in exercising, simply in life!

July 20, 2012, in London, I was picked up by Sun Kaur, a beautiful, dedicated, determined soul. She’d been making deliveries since 6:30am to Gurdwaras participating in Langaar 2012. We became delivery girls for the day, delivering stickers, fliers, t-shirts, making sure they understand how to make ‘roti rolls’ and where and when to be at their stations to serve Langaar along the Relay route. I was amazed to hear how many Gurdwaras were taking part in the event. It’s hard enough for 2 Gurdwaras to agree to participate in an event, let alone FIFTEEN. By 8:30pm after all the deliveries were made, we arrived at the Gurdwara in Ilford.

We were greeted by so many ‘valahti’ volunteers. They drove hours to participate in this seva. In all the excitement of meeting one another from near and far, London, Birmingham, Canada and of course I’ve got to represent, US, we didn’t sleep all night. At the crack of dawn, 4am, we gathered to start the process of roti rolling, sabji stuffing, burrito-like wrapping, and sticker sticking. What a beautiful moment it was to do seva, the sangat singing ‘Asa di Vaar’ and “satnam waheguru…” I didn’t want that moment to end. By the time it was 9am, we had made 600 “Roti rolls”, half-way done but we only had a few more hours.

Wait! Do you hear that? ‘Baba ji (being respectful to his age) ahgahey”. All dressed in white, it’s Fauja Singh! The cameras come flying out and the flashes go crazy. The bibis elbow any one in their way, the bhajis slide their hands on their pughs before posing next to the superstar. Everyone is fighting for time with this inspiration, who walks in with his hands folded. He’s no academic or prodigy, in fact he can’t read or write, yet he has inspired so many people by living simply. The seva slows down for a bit as we take turns wanting to spend time with Fauja Singh. We want him to know we gathered, not for the Olympics, but because we are proud he’s chosen to run part of the Relay holding the Olympic torch. He’s the perfect one to represent a GurSikh. He’s Sabat Soorat, alert, talkative, optimistic, inspiring AND he’s 101 years old. Unbelievable he is!

A quick visit by Fauja Singh and it’s back to the seva with full force. More and more sangat joined, more assembly lines were formed and we did it. If only every sangat gathering could be this united, this motivated, imagine what we could accomplish. It’s 11am and we gather to get into our yellow “Langaar 2012” volunteer t-shirts, pack up the cars and head out to Relay Route. Along the Relay route our volunteers stood distinguished by the yellow t-shirts and dastaars. In all there were over 10,000 roti rolls made, served and devoured by spectators of the Olympic Relay route.

Then there was the moment, at 1:50pm, the Sevadars, spectators, and sports fans line up along the street waiting for the moment Fauja Singh will carry the Olympic torch. Of course the press is there and Singhs spot them to make sure they are noticed, videotaped and perhaps interviewed. But no one steals the show like Fauja Singh. There he is surrounded by security in grey uniforms, in the middle a beam of white light, Fauja Singh runs with the torch.

Langaar 2012 was splendid, spectacular and once in a life time moment. Thank you UNITED SIKHS, UK for uniting us to honor a legend and serve langaar and thank you UNITED SIKHS, USA for letting me experience a moment of peace, unity, and compassion.

Jasvir Kaur
UNITED SIKHS – USA volunteer

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Sept 16th – Palo Alto : SUPPORT FAMILIES, SAVE LIVES with UMEED, Join SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS Walk-Run-Bike Event https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/07/sept-16th-palo-alto-support-families-save-lives-with-umeed-join-seva-in-motion-united-sikhs-walk-run-bike-event/ Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:22:38 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1391 MARK THE DATE : SEPTEMBER 16th – PALO ALTO downtown for SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS Walk-Run-Bike Event
Join us to SUPPORT FAMILIES & SAVE LIVES with UMEED-UNITED SIKHS National Family Resource Center. Your support will help expand services to our community including Counseling for Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse, Senior Care Support Services, Youth Leadership Training Program, Bullying Prevention Interventions and After School Academic Programs. We greatly appreciate your time and support of our efforts!
– UMEED Team
To support and donate see information in link below….

SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS WALK-RUN-BIKE EVENT -https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1TMXVc5t0p4e5ZmSt4kADVz-0aPzbGQua1p1nPCgTMFg

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No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/no-one-should-be-punished-for-seeking-un-help-to-defend-human-rights/ Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:07:35 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1170 No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights“The UN exists to serve those in whose name it was conceived … “WE THE PEOPLES”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

HIGH-LEVEL panel discussion

 “Stopping reprisals for cooperating with the UN in the field of human rights – a priority for all”

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2011, 13:00 – 15:00

 Conference Room 4

You are cordially invited to attend a discussion by eminent panellists with various and complementary experiences and perspectives on ways to address this worrying practice.

Participants:

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Ambassador Klara Breuer, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary

Mrs. Mehr Khan Williams, Chair of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights

Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Mr. Philip Alston, former Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

 

The side-event is organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of the Government of Hungary

Refreshments will be provided

 

 

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After School Academic Program (ASAP): Enrollment is now open for 2011- 2012 https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/after-school-academic-program-asap-a-positive-experience-for-students/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/after-school-academic-program-asap-a-positive-experience-for-students/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:53:38 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1120  Prepare your child for a bright future, a program offered through  Community Empowerment and Education Directorate  (CEED) of UNITED SIKHS.
Enrollment is Now Open for 2011 – 2012

We are providing homework help for students of 3rd grade through 8th Grade. Our teachers are experienced and  subject matter experts. Register now for 2011-2012 session. The program is for students from 3rd Grade – 8th Grade. Get to next level or help in weak areas of- Mathematics,  English & Science.

Academic Excellence provided through individual 1 on 1 Homework help

Limited seats only

Enrollment Fee / Month:

$175-3rd and 4th grade

$200-5th and 6th grade

$225– 7th and 8th grade

 Donations are welcome & limited numbers of scholarships available for underprivileged students

Contact: Email: unitedsikhs-cali@unitedsikhs.org | 1-510-999-7726 | Address: 39126 State Street, Freemont, California, CA 94538 USA | www.unitedsikhs.org

UNITED SIKHS, A NON-PROFIT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL HUMAN DEVELOPLMENT ORGANIZATION

 

 

 

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Khoj Workshop on Decisions and Outcome https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/08/khoj-workshop-on-decisions-and-outcome/ Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:07:24 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=914

Khoj Retreat Workshop will take place on August 14th at the San Jose Gurdwara in California. Those interested, please visit www.KhojRetreat.com and register for the event for a nominal fee. Fee waivers are available.

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Due by June 4 – Youth Delegation Application to COP16, Cancun https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/05/due-by-june-4-youth-delegation-application-to-cop16-cancun/ Thu, 13 May 2010 09:59:13 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=900 Applications are now available for SustainUS Agents of Change delegation to to the UNFCCC COP16 and COP/MOP6 negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, November 29-December 10.

Applicants must be 18-26 years old at the start of the negotiations, and must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or have been studying or working in the United States for at least six months at the time of application.

Selected applicants will join a diverse delegation of youth, including those both familiar with and new to the youth climate movement; from across the United States and beyond; including young scientists and engineers, policy specialists, grassroots activists, media and communications specialists; students, young professionals, and community
volunteers; and more. We have limited, need-based scholarship money for youth from climate change-impacted communities (requires separate application, see link below).

Full delegation details and application materials are available at
http://www.sustainus.org/COP16

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on June 4th 2010 to agents@sustainus.org
<mailto:agents@sustainus.org>

** Please help to ensure that all eligible youth have the opportunity to  apply by forwarding this announcement where appropriate **

For more Info mail Kyle Gracey kylegracey@sustainus.org

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Support Sikhcess on Facebook for the Chase Community Giving Campaign https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/01/support-sikhcess-on-facebook-for-the-chase-community-giving-campaign/ Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=675 Check out this great effort by Sikhcess – UNITED SIKHS wishes them the best in winning these funds from Chase – take a look below and see how you can vote for change.

From Sikhcess:

Sikhcess, a community service based non-profit is competing against 99 other top non-profits to win $1 million dollars as part of Chase Community Giving.

Rather than focus on one issue or community, Sikhcess came up with a BIG idea.  What’s the best solution to facing global calamities, including war, crime, poverty and drug proliferation?

Providing a world-class education to the world’s children.  All 2.2 billion of them.

This curriculum will be taught by exceptional teachers and and role-models, who will provide educationally-rich experiences; incorporating values, world history, current topics, future concerns, science, wellness and lifestyle habits, reading, writing, math and analytics.

Future generations of our world will gain valuable insight and skills, including integrity, responsibility, compassion, the sense of duty, the value of community, global-awareness.

Our goal is to provide the world’s children, through educationally-diverse experiences and culturally-rich interactions, the confidence, wisdom, and ability to make positive contributions to our world.

Please vote and help change the world!

Place vote here: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/1077736?src=wallpost&ref=mf

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