A progressive, national organisation enriching the lives of Australian Sikh youth and families
To empower Sikh youth, young adults and parents to understand and enjoy their identity and positively contribute to the social and economic development of Australia.
We aim to achieve this by:
- Nurturing our Youth by providing a support network that cultivates an awareness and interest in their culture, identity, faith, and community.
- Developing our Young Adults by enhancing their life and leadership skills within the context of their culture, identity, spirituality and as they continue their life journey into career, family and community involvement.
- Assisting our Parents by helping them connect with youth and better understand contemporary youth issues while supporting the cultural, spiritual, and personal development of their families.
- Continuously improving our programs, operations and management, ensuring that we consistently deliver high quality outcomes for our stakeholders.
The principles which drive and underpin the attainment of this Vision are:
SYA values, above all, our Sikh Faith:
At all times and in everything we do, we are committed to the accepted principles of Sikhism, the philosophy and universal teachings of which are embodied in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
SYA values our Sikh Culture and Identity
We appreciate the importance of promoting a greater understanding and awareness of Sikh culture, identity and heritage within our own community as well as to the broader Australian community.
SYA values a Socially Inclusive & Non-Judgemental Approach
We aim to involve and engage all people, respecting everyone’s thoughts and beliefs and upholding the integrity and worth of all people. We also recognise that every Australian Sikh is empowered to create and realise a successful future for themselves, their families, their friends and communities.
SYA values Investment in our Youth and the Building of Social Capital
We recognise the importance of holistic investment in our youth and young adults as they are the future of our faith, community and nation. We value an environment that attracts and nurtures talent, leadership skills, creativity, and innovation to empower our youth to be successful and proud Australian Sikhs.
SYA values Equality
Sikhism is a democratic faith that places great emphasis on the individual and treats everyone as equals, regardless of age, gender, race or ethnic background. In this way SYA respects all people, religions and communities.
SYA values a Progressive, Merit Based Organisational Culture
We recognise the inherent value in developing a supportive, creative and progressive organisational culture with a focus on delivering the highest quality services and programs to our community. We hold the concept of Sewa (selfless service) in utmost regard and value the contribution of all those involved on their merits.
SYA values Trust and Transparency
As an organisation, we aspire to work with openness, honesty and good intent.
SYA values Continuous Improvement and Learning
SYA places great importance in a continuous effort to improve, review and expand our services by responding to feedback and addressing the needs of our community. In turn, we value the establishment of an environment that nurtures life-long learning and innovation.
SYA values Effective Collaboration with Public, Private, Third Sector and other Sikh Organisations
We recognise that collaboration with government, private enterprise, third sector organisations and other Sikh organisations is an effective and powerful means to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
SYA values the Continued Positive Contribution of our Community to Australian Society and the Upholding of Australian Ideals
We share, uphold and respect Australian values and ideals as embodied in the Australian Values Statement:
“Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good.
Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background”
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