Elections

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The YJA Executive Board is comprised of sixteen Jain youth from across North America: two Co-Chairs, eight Directors, and six Regional Coordinators, between the ages of 16 and 29. A new YJA Executive Board is elected every year.

Below you will find a list of all the Executive Board positions along with their position descriptions.

Eligibility

Individuals serving on the Executive Board must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age, or be sixteen (16) years of age and either: Have served as a recognized Local Representative with a letter of recommendation from a then current Executive Board member; or Submit, with their application, a letter of recommendation from a member of the executive committee from their local Jain center.

In addition, the following positions have specific eligibility requirements:

Applications for the position of Co-Chair shall be accepted from individuals who:

  1. Are on the then current Executive Board; or
  2. Have served at least one (1) prior full term on the Executive Board as detailed in the Constitution of YJA; or
  3. Have served as YJA Convention Chair (a member of a YJA Convention Committee) from the date of selection of the YJA Convention Committee. The then current Co-Chairs shall confirm the eligibility upon consultation with the Board of Trustees.

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Co-Chair

Represent YJA externally, set our mission and vision for the year, and lead the Executive Board in executing on their projects.

Dir. of Project Development

Manage and support the Directors, lead organizational documentation and goal-setting, and develop new YJA-wide projects.

Director of Events

Support Regional Coordinators while developing new YJA-wide events and leveraging partnerships to expand our reach.

Director of Education

Develop and maintain Jain education initiatives and support other board members in incorporating education into their work.

Director of Finance

Create a yearly budget for the organization, disburse funds and collaborate with Directors to consistently improve YJA finances.

Director of Fundraising

Lead all major fundraising efforts and support RCs in particular with growing regional connections and Jain center relationships.

Director of IT

Maintain YJA tech infrastructure and develop creative and relevant ways for the organization to leverage new technologies.

Director of Public Relations

Coordinate all YJA social media and communications, and consistently develop new and creative ways to grow and showcase the YJA brand.

Director of Publications

Direct vision and production of YJA’s quarterly publication, Young Minds, and advise on any written content representing YJA.

Regional Coordinator

Be a connector for YJA members in their region, manage a Local Representative team, and be actively engaged in sanghs.

Why Apply for Board?

I ran for board to become more knowledgeable about Jainism, though a likeminded community. I gained knowledge plus a group of friends who are like family!
- Bonita Parikh
Director of Events, 2012-2014

I ran for board because I loved attending YJA conventions, and wanted to give back. It was an awesome privilege to work with and learn from some of the best and most motivated Jains across the country, and my time on board is something that challenged and fundamentally changed me. Anyone who wants to really test their mettle and grow as a person while also giving back to the community should run, no question about it.
- Shikhar Shah
Mid-West RC, 2013-2014