Who We Are
Young Jains of America will aspire to impart the Jain heritage to the next generation

Young Jains of America (YJA) is an entity of Federation of the Jain Associations in North America (JAINA), a non-profit religious organization. YJA serves Jain youth from ages 14-29. YJA was first established in 1991, and held its first biennial youth convention in 1994.

Today, YJA serves over 10,000 members, creating opportunities for Jain youth to connect through social events, service, and education. Our Executive Board works with a network of Local Representatives, as well as local Jain youth groups, College Chapters, and other interfaith organizations across our six regions to host events, develop and share resources, and build communities. Our members are the next generation of Jain leaders in North America, and we strive to constantly bring together the knowledge and wisdom of our global community with the technology and opportunity of the 21st century to make Jainism relevant to their daily lives!

Learn more about some of the work YJA does in the 2020-2021 Annual Report!

Our history
Our Executive Board

Introducing your 2021-2022 YJA Executive Board! They all come from different cities, regions, and walks of life, but share a passion for serving the Jain community. Through local and virtual events, national projects, and social impact, every member on this board is ready to make this year's YJA the most successful yet! Check out their bios to meet them!

Lots of #yjalove,
Your 2021-22 YJA Executive Board

Our Board Of Trustees

The YJA Board of Trustees (BOT) is comprised of four individuals, generally YJA Board Alumni or adult leaders in the Jain community, who serve two-year terms. BOT members offer invaluable guidance, support, and expertise to the current board, and we thank them for giving back to the YJA community!

You can reach the current YJA Board of Trustees by email at [email protected].

Dipak Doshi

2019 - 2021


CEO, Protocol Link, Inc.
Long Grove, IL
Former Chair of JAINA LRP Committee
JAINA Treasurer
Former JSMC Chairman of Board of Trustees

Seema Jain

2019 - 2021


Sr. Director, Multicultural Affairs at Marriott International
Long Grove, IL
Co-Founder of YJA, Co-Chair (1993-1994)

Mansi H. Shah

2020 - 2022


Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
Menlo Park, CA
Director of Public Relations (2000-2001)
Director of Publications (2001-2002)

Monica Shah

2020 - 2022


Executive, Department of Defense
Washington, DC
YJA Director/Convention Programming (1999-2000)
JSMW Joint Secretary (2014-2016); Youth Advisor (2019-2020); Director of Education (2016-2018, 2021)

Past Trustees

2019 - 2020

  • Dipak Doshi
  • Seema Jain
  • Naishadh Shah
  • Chintan Shah

2018 - 2019

  • Naishadh Shah
  • Chintan Shah
  • Sonia Ghelani
  • Aakash Shah

2017 - 2018

  • Sonia Ghelani
  • Aakash Shah
  • Mansi H. Shah
  • Naman Jain

2016 - 2017

  • Mansi H. Shah
  • Naman Jain
  • Prem Jain
  • Shardule Shah

2015 - 2016

  • Mitesh Shah
  • Parag Parekh
  • Prem Jain
  • Shardule Shah

2014 - 2015

  • Mitesh Shah
  • Parag Parekh
  • Shardule Shah


2013 - 2014

  • Manoj Jain
  • Mitesh Shah
  • Seema Jain
  • Shardule Shah

2012 - 2013

  • Lata Champsee
  • Mitesh Shah
  • Manoj Jain
  • Suchita Shah

2011 - 2012

  • Lata Champsee
  • Nirav Shah
  • Seema Jain
  • Yogendra Jain

2010 - 2011

  • Manoj Jain
  • Nirav Shah
  • Seema Jain
  • Suchita Shah

2009 - 2010

  • Lata Champsee
  • Nirav Shah
  • Pavan Zaveri
  • Sulekh Jain

2008 - 2009

  • Pavan Zaveri
  • Prem Jain
  • Sushil Jain
Related Organizations

Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA)

JAINA is Federation of Jain Associations in North America – an umbrella organization that aims to foster friendship and unity among all Jains. JAINA works to advance the key Jain teachings and practices such as: non-violence, tolerance, ecology, compassion and service as well as to facilitate meaningful academic, cultural and business interchanges. JAINA was started with blessings from Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji and Acharya Shri Sushil Kumarji. It was initiated at the first Jain Convention held in Los Angeles in 1981 and formalized at the second Jain Convention in New York in 1983. Today, JAINA represents over 160,000 Jains and over 67 Jain organizations, has over 25 active committees and 19 active projects, and has held conventions every two years since 1981. JAINA is led by the JAINA Executive Committee and JAINA Directors. JAINA's EC is elected by and from JAINA Directors who are appointed by their respective Sangh/Society.

JAINA’s youth services include:

For a list of all JAINA projects, please visit JAINA's website or e-mail [email protected].

Young Jain Professionals (YJP)

YJP’s mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage by promoting networking among Jain professionals, ages 21+.

YJP’s objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness of Jain principles;
  • Cultivate and foster future leaders;
  • Facilitate peer networking;
  • Promote and engage in community service;
  • Provide guidance to young people interested in a Jain lifestyle;
  • Collaborate with other organizations to promote Jain ideals; and
  • Provide a forum for succession from YJA to JAINA.

You can find more information about YJP visiting their website or emailing [email protected].

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