Tuesday April 27th, 2010

Dear SYA Supporter,

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the SYAConnect E-newsletter & wishing all a most happy and blessed Vesakhi from us here at SYA!

Following on from the Vesakhi theme, in this issue we feature a beautiful poem by one of the facilitators at our last Summer Camp - 'Jessi Kaur' - on what it means to be a Sikh.

We also have articles on SYA@Youth Harmoney Day, our up-and-coming Youth Leadership Program and SYA's Strategic Planning initiative. Enjoy!

Did you know there are over 30 Gurdwaras in Australia? One of our youth has collated the most comprehensive Directory of Gurdwaras in Australia A fantastic effort indeed!

Login to www.sikhyouthaustralia.com for interesting news, event updates and more info on SYA and what we do.

Gurfateh,

The SYA Web Team

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The True Meaning of Vesakhi

A poem on by one of the facilitators at the 2010 SYA Summer Camp on what it means to be a Sikh. A timely reflection as we celebrate Vesakhi this year.

Sikh Youth Australia Plans for its Future

SYA is looking to prepare a Strategic Plan for the future of our organisation - defining its vision, goals and identifying programs and services it should provide for our Sikh youth in Australia and the wider community going forward. We seek your ideas and suggestions to help us shape our future direction as a successful and sustainable Sikh organisation in the service of our youth.

SYA Leadership Camp

This year we have embarked on a new direction by engaging successful entrepreneurs and trainers to deliver an internationally accredited leadership training program called PX2. The corproate program is used by 60% of Forbes 1000 companies in the USA and within Australia by the National Australia Bank, Coca Cola and WA Dept of Education. Michael Phelps and the USA Olympic Swim Team (Beijing) used this program to achieve the highest gold medal tally ever!

Designed exclusively for young people under 30, the program will teach you to be an effective thinker and give you real practical skills which will make an impressive difference in your own life as well as help others around you.

SYA representing @ 2010 Youth Harmony Day

Sikh youths attending the Youth Harmony Festival held at Tumbalong Park in Sydney's Darling Harbour on Sunday, 11th March, were a great hit. Manning a Sikh outreach stall put up by Sikh Youth Australia, they distributed Sikh literature donated by Sydney's gurdwaras.
The youths also sang a special shabad for the occasion and put up a fantastic cultural performance.