Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world, is a religious minority in India with 4.2 million adherents. There are small but notable immigrant communities in Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. Being a minority in its home nation of India makes Jainism a minority within a minority in the United States. A chance to participate in a forum targeted at the youth of the religion is very rare and provides a great opportunity to meet other youth of the religion while educating oneself on Jain principles. Education and knowledge has historically proven to be one of the cornerstones of Jainism (Jains have the highest degree of literacy (94.1 percent) of any religious community in India), and the future of Jainism depends on its youth being well versed and knowledgeable.
YJA 2014, Young Jains: Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders, will inspire youth to understand life experiences through learning the principles of Jainism. The participants will leave the convention ready to impact the world as an active leader. By interacting with attendees of all ages, youth will learn how Jainism is a source of support at each phase from the teenage social network to a young graduate’s career.
The attendees have the opportunity to connect, learn, and share their thoughts with one another on a variety of subjects. Sessions, speakers, and new friends will all come together to complete the learning experience through a variety of fun, innovative, and interactive programming experiences; attendees will engage in wide-ranging activities and sessions related to atma (the soul), developing leadership, and creating a better community.
Welcome to Daytime Programming at the 2014 Young Jains of America (YJA) Convention! This convention will connect nearly 700 youth from across the globe. Highlighting the daytime sessions will be inspirational speakers who keep Jainism and its values alive in the hearts and minds of youth. In addition, this year will be the first time YJA introduces Jain Academic Bowl (JAB). Get excited for some diverse sessions on Jain education, interfaith, lifestyle, college/careers, debates, games, and much more!
Join us at the 2014 YJA Convention for four days of exciting social events like you’ve never experienced before! Our evening events will give you the chance to reunite with old friends and make new ones. Start your weekend off with “Garba in the Gham”, and later join us for our exciting new talent show, “The Jain Factor” as we showcase talent from around the nation. Lastly, end your weekend at the “Starry Night Gala,” a beautiful formal under the stars.
Jain Networking Forum (JNF) 2014 is designed for Jains between the ages of 21-29 and has the goal of fostering professional and relationship development. JNF 2014 will provide attendees the opportunity to meet similar minded individuals through interactive daytime sessions, while creating lasting connections with Jains that are successful in a variety of careers. Additionally, our unique social events will allow attendees to relax, mingle, and have an unforgettable experience this July.