Regional events depend on our LRs, who are always going above and beyond to bring YJA to you. Each month, we spotlight one LR from each region. Meet them and hear more about why they love being a part of YJA!
"I love how we can connect with Jains all around America, and make new friends. It's a common ground for us Jains to get to know each other and make a bond that would last for a lifetime. I have just recently joined YJA and have been able to meet so many people since everyone is so welcoming. I can't wait to meet more people and get more involved with this organization. I am looking forward to involving more youth activities at JCOCO. I am also looking forward to the midwest retreat, I have heard a lot about the midwest retreats and I can't wait to be a part one. I am also very excited to meet a lot of new people who are close to Columbus."
"I love the sense of community that YJA provides. The experiences I've had and people I've met have shaped my worldview, and will undoubtedly continue to have a huge impact on my life in the future. Throughout it all, I have been astounded by how caring and inspiring each person in YJA is. My favorite YJA event that I've helped plan has to be last year's Poco retreat. From co-presenting a session, to skiing for the first time, to the all-nighter, I loved the experience and I cannot wait to be a part of it once again this year! My favorite YJA memory is participating in the talent show at the 2018 convention with my best friends (shoutout 2jainz!!!). Dancing on that stage and pulling off what we'd been practicing for the past 3 months was one of the best feelings in the world."
"What I love most about YJA is its community. It is a wonderful platform to network and connect with Jains from across the US, including my own city and region whether that is through local dinners or retreats or even YJA convention. Having the opportunity to meet new people has exposed me to a variety of perspectives and has transformed me into a more confident individual. Not just that, the YJA team is so friendly and I love interacting with other LRs from my region. All in all, YJA has provided me with such an amazing platform to connect and create long-lasting friendships. I am extremely excited about the 2020 YJA convention in Dallas. I have never been to the convention. As a first-year LR, I am really looking forward to meeting other LRs from across the US and spending time with my Jain friends."
"What I love the most about YJA is how everyone is like my second family. Events like our local dinners, regional events, or even the weekly LR calls always turn my frown upside down, especially during times of stress, because that’s just how amazing my YJA fam is! From planning the (best) South retreat to donating over 1,000 goods during the annual YJA interregional drive, being a local representative has been more than just creating awesome relationships, but also providing me the ability to reach out and give back to my community. What’s better than that? Further, as a student represented in a minority state (Oklahoma), I felt that furthering my YJA leadership would allow me to expand YJA’s networking into underpopulated rural areas!"
"As an LR, I am most looking forward to participating and leading sessions at the annual retreat! Sessions are my absolute favorite because they allow everyone to voice their own opinions on various Jain topics. My favorite YJA memory is from my first retreat, where I met one of my best friends while splitting a bagel with them. We have been friends for about two years now and help each other through life, even though we live in 2 different states."
"Being a part of YJA has allowed me to connect with the Jain community through local dinners, retreats and conventions. As an LR, I want to give back to YJA by helping to create a community that brings different types of people and opinions together. This year, I am looking forward to creating a new college chapter at UMass Amherst, because I want to provide support and help educate young Jains during this major transition. One of my favorite YJA memories is the Northeast Summer retreat this past August. Although it was one of my first retreats, it was fun meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and leading a session with my brother. On top of all the fun games and activities, I learned so many great skills on how to easily implement the Jain way of life in a modern environment."