YJA hosts a number of events throughout the year: in addition to our annual National Dinners and Regional Retreats, Local Representatives and Regional Coordinators organize everything from movie or bowling nights to community service activities to Jainism-related speakers or discussions. Members of YJA also take part in activities at their local Jain centers, such as serving meals for Paryushan and helping host Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.

Each event, whether an educational, volunteering, or social activity, aims to bring YJA members together with other like-minded youth in their community. Youth are encouraged to communicate regularly with their RCs and LRs to suggest or help plan events they wish to see. You can see examples of some YJA events below!

Upcoming Events

YJA Goes Ice Skating - Atlanta

  • at 07:00 PM
  • Skate the Station
       1371 Market Street
       Atlanta, GA 30363
  • 14
  • Dec

But First, Brunch - YJA Seattle

  • at 10:30 AM
  • Wayward Vegan Cafe
       801 NE 65th St
       Seattle, WA 98115
  • 15
  • Dec

YJA Patriots Watch Party and Bowling - Boston

  • at 04:00 PM
  • KINGS - Back Bay
       50 Dalton St
       Boston, MA 02115
  • 16
  • Dec

YJA Fun in The Kitchen - Fairfield

  • at 05:00 PM
  • Doshi's Residence
       A
       Fairfield, CT 01
  • 16
  • Dec

YJA & JCC Alumni Gathering

  • at 05:30 PM
  • Hindu Cultural Center
       96 Chapel Street
       Stratford, CT 06614
  • 22
  • Dec

YJA Goes Ice Skating - Washington, D.C.

  • at 02:00 PM
  • The Gardens Ice House
       13800 Old Gunpowder Rd
       Laurel, MD 20707
  • 06
  • Jan

Educational

Educational

  • Earth Hour and National Vegan Day meet-ups
  • Mahavir Jayanti programs
  • Thanksgiving Navkar Jaaps
  • Jain speakers and discussions

Social

Social

  • Board game nights
  • Dinner and movie nights
  • Outdoor activities - frisbee, hiking, ice skating
  • Cooking class or potluck

Service

Service

  • Interregional Clothing Drive
  • Thanksgiving Community Service
  • YJA Rake-A-Thon
  • National Jiv Daya Day
YJA is always looking for fresh new ideas and suggestions for local events. Have an event you’d like to see in your community? E-mail us at events@yja.org.

Planning and Guidelines

Jain youth and parents are encouraged to assist the Executive Board in planning local events. Some simple ways you can help are:

  • Volunteer to drive/carpool to and from the event;
  • Make a donation to YJA in support of the event;
  • Encourage your friends and fellow youth to RSVP and attend; and
  • Promote the event at your local Jain Center.

As always, please feel free to reach out to your Regional Coordinators with any ideas, comments, or suggestions.

Check Upcoming Events page and the Regions tab above for updates on events in your area. You can also check your regional Facebook groups for upcoming event information. We look forward to having you attend a YJA event this year! If you have any questions, please contact us at events@yja.org.

Young Jains of America is an entity of Federation of the Jain Associations in North America, a non-profit tax exempt organization (IRS Code Section 501 (c)(3)). Our mission is to be recognized nationally and internationally as an umbrella Jain youth organization for establishing a network for and among youth to share Jain heritage and religion.

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