About YJA

Serving Jain youth since 1991

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!

Young Jains of America will aspire to impart the Jain heritage to the next generation.

The First YJA Convention: Chicago, IL 1994
roots to now

History of YJA