Friday February 22nd, 2013

Dear SYA Supporter,

Gurfateh all!
Welcome to 2013 & SYA's 15th Birthday Year!


SYA has had a busy few months, and this year is shaping up to be an exciting one for us.

In this issue of SYA Connect we feature the first ever Amrit Sanchar Ceremony in Newcastle this coming weekend, the Clean Up Australia Day sewa efforts in Sydney, a "save the date" for the SYA Leadership Weekend.

Also there is a review of our most successful 15th Annual SYA Summer Camp just held in January by Jainoor Kaur and links to international Sikhnet and SikhChic coverage, as well as a feature on the first event in Sydney held by the Young Sikh Professionals Network, an initiative starting from the 2012 SYA Leadership Program.

BREAKING NEWS: Some of you may be aware of a recent Facebook post by Channel 9 News and subsequent television coverage regarding Brisbane's Jaspreet Athwal challenge to a fine for not wearing a helmet whilst riding a bicycle in court as he was wearing a turban, and the subsequent unmoderated, offensive social media response. We are assisting Jaspreet with his challenge, as well as addressing the issue of lack of moderation with Channel 9 and relevant authorities directly. We will keep you updated on our progress, including ways you can help, shortly!

WJKK WJKF!

The SYA Team

First Amrit Sanchar Ceremony in Newcastle!

For those ready to take the next step in their spiritual journey, join SYA in Newcastle this coming weekend as we organise the first ever Amrist Sanchar Ceremony for the Newcastle Sangat!

Clean Up Australia Day

Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve our environment in Sydney. Join the SYA Ecosikhs and other community volunteers to clean up Stanhope Gardens reserve on Sunday March 3rd 2013.

SYA’s 9th National Leadership Weekend

An unparalleled opportunity for self growth, knowledge and networking with fellow Sikhs from all around Australia and beyond!

Jainoor’s Joyful Summer Camp Journey!

One of our youth leaders, Jainoor, shares her experiences at SYA's 15th Annual Summer Camp.

The World Famous SYA Summer Camp

SYA's 15th Annual Summer Camp has now become an internationally renowned camp, a one-of-a-kind experience for many each year. Check out the recent coverage on Sikhnet and Sikhchic!

Joyful Noise; Dya Singh, the Sikh Minstrel on the World Music Stage

A fascinating biography of Dya Singh written by Rosalia Scalia, one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

The Young Sikhs Professional Network - Leading the way for Australia

The YSPN was formed during the 2012 Sikh Youth Australia leadership weekend, in a pioneering initiative to incubate innovative ideas that will positively benefit the Sikh community.