September 2014

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Young Minds

Fall 2014

Young Jains of America Est. 1991

Young Minds

Fall 2014 Edited by: Sonny Shah

Letter from the Editor Jai Jinendra! Michchami Dukkadam. Paryushan and Das Lakshan have just completed and in honor of that, we, the Young Jains of America, want to apologize for any harm we may have committed in any form. This past July, we had our largest YJA Convention take place in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Our theme, Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders, embodies the spirit of the Young Jain community in the United States. This is said not just from the leadership that has led YJA in the past, but from the interest of the youth through the formation of the newest executive board. 2006 was the first YJA Convention I attended. At that moment, never would I have imagined that I would play such an important role for YJA by being on the

executive board. I imagine similar situations for the newly elected board. I am so proud of the accomplishments that my fellow board members have made. From the superb guidance of the Co-chairs, the inspirational organization of the Directors and the awesome creativity of the Regional Coordinators. These are few of the reasons why there will never stop being leaders in the Jain Community. Congratulations to the outgoing E-board and best of luck to the new E-board! To all the writers and readers of Young Minds, thank you for sharing your stories with the world and stay amazing! Sincerely, Sonny Shah 2013-2014 Director of Publications

Meet the 2014 – 2015 YJA Executive Board Elections have just completed and our new board is excited to be announced! Find out who the new co-chairs, directors and regional coordinators are! Page 5

2013 – 2014 Executive Board Reflections What is each board member thankful for this past year by being a leader in the Jain community? Page 7