Young Adults

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1.  YA Leadership Program
Dear SSIO members,
The SSIO Leadership Program for Young Adults is an excellent opportunity for YA’s to develop and enhance the skill sets needed to be an ideal leader.  I highly encourage all YA’s age 21-40 in our region to sign up for this program.  Also, YA advisers of any age are also invited to enroll.  Attached is a letter from Dr. Reddy and this is the link for enrollment:

Download: SSILP-2018-Enrollment-Form.pdf

2.  Regional YA Reps Selection

Dear Center Presidents and Group Leaders,

The Young Adults (YA’s) are starting their selection process for 2 regional positions.  Please pass this message on to YA’s at your center:

Sairam Dear YAs and YA reps,

We are now holding selections for 2 regional rep roles – the regional female YA rep and regional male YA advisor. Nominations will be accepted for a 2 week period so please go ahead and submit your responses as soon as your receive this! The last date for nominations is Monday August 28th.
Please Note:
1) We are now accepting nominations for “Male YA Advisor” and “Female YA Rep” only. Males can nominate a male YA advisor and females, a female YA rep.
2) All Young Adults (18-40 years) living in Region 3 are eligible to submit one nomination form. Each form allows up to 3 names. 
3) Please click on this link Region 3 Young Adult officer nomination form to submit your nomination:
4) Nomination process will be open for two weeks.
Loving Sairam,
On behalf of the regional YA team
3.  Daily Gayatri Chanting
Sairam Dear YAs,
Trust you’re doing well by Swami’s grace!
On the occasion of “Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam” (offering of love and adoration to Sathya Sai), we would like to invite all YAs to collective chant the sacred Gayatri Mantra 21 times for 21 days. Please see the attached flyer for more details. We hope you all can join in this initiative as we pray for Universal Peace and Love!
​When: Daily from April ​4th to April 24th, 2017
Time: 9 PM EST
Where: Wherever you are!
​For your convenience we have also setup a conference bridge for you to join and chant along.
Conference Bridge: 712-770-4010
Passcode: 783583#
If you would like to host the gayatri chanting on any of the days, we request you to sign up using the google document –
Even if you cannot join the call at that time, you may chant individually or with your family members/YA groups whenever possible!
Loving Sairams,
Shivani & Kushal
Sai R3 YA Reps

4.  National and International YA Initiatives Update

Sairam Dear Region 3 YAs!

Please see below a variety of YA Initiatives happening around the country and the world. There are some great opportunities to get involved in!

Loving Sairams,

Sai Region 3 YA Reps

All of us know that our YAs are super talented especially when it comes to music!  Please see the attached document regarding an opportunity from the LASA team (one of the subcommittees from the post-festival initiatives).

Please note that the song recordings/lyrics submission deadline is April 24!

Serve the Planet (STP) Initiative – Protect the Planet

The Serve the Planet team will be glad to answer any questions you may have or provide additional support to your zone if required.

Young Adults Talent Development

Please find below more information regarding the Sathya Sai Young Adults Talent Development Programme (SSYATDP). We would be grateful for you to pass this information on to Young Adults in your zone and encourage them to register for the workshops.


The Sathya Sai Young Adults Talent Development Programme (SSYATDP) consists of a series of monthly 1.5 hour online workshops, which have been designed to equip interested  Young Adults from all around the world with skills that can be applied to both their personal and professional lives. Based on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings of Human Values, the SSYATDP is available to Young Adults between the ages of 18-40.


Every month, Young Adults can select and register for workshops that are of interest to them. This flexibility allows for allYoung Adults, at various stages of life, from students and early career professionals to young parents and established professionals, to benefit from this programme. Topics will initially be based around Personal Effectiveness, Leadership, and Business Management.


As this programme is coordinated by and developed for Young Adults, interested participants will also be encouraged to request topics that they feel will be most useful for them and their peers. Future programme workshops will be developed based on the feedback and topics submitted by Young Adults, creating a relevant syllabus with ownership by all who participate.


Workshop facilitators and presenters will be from both within and outside the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). They will be specifically selected to provide subject expertise, guidance, and lived experience. Young Adults will be able to interact with and learn from facilitators during the workshops.


The first workshop details are as follows:


Speaker: Dr Shivendra Kumar, International Young Adults Coordinator, SSIO

Topic: 5 Practical Learnings from Sai Projects

Duration: 50 mins


Session 1: 8th April, 11:45pm Sydney Time

Session 2: 9th April, 11:45am Sydney Time


Registrations are essential to participate in each workshop. The teaser video can be found on the Sai Young Adults Facebook page


Rolling registrations will be available through:


For more information, please contact:

5.  Serve the Planet 2017 – Overview and Phase 1 Documents


“In order to protect Nature, man has to practice a ceiling on desires. He should not trigger the negative aspect of Nature. Care should be exercised in providing comforts as excessive comforts may spoil man’s mind and cause misery instead of happiness. Nothing good can be achieved without certain restraints.

(Sathya Sai Baba, Madras, Jan 21, 1993)


Dear Zone Chairs and Zone Young Adult Coordinators!

Om Sri Sai Ram.


Serve the Planet (STP) is back again for 2017. Our theme this year is ‘Protect the Planet’ and will be focusing on caring for our environment and Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings on Ceiling on Desires (COD).


STP was launched as a global service initiative of the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). Building on the momentum from previous years, the initiative has evolved this year. We’ll be focusing on 3 topics: plastic, water and food and how they relate to COD and our planet. In executing this, we will support National Young Adult Coordinators and National Service Coordinators to lead this initiative in your zones.


What you can expect from us:

For each topic (plastic, water and food), we’ll send:

  • Study circle guides to help your zones, regions and centres introspect
  • Practical tips on how to live a more eco-conscious life and how the same can be reflected by your centres
  • Guides on service projects that you can implement to help engage the community


We will also be conducting other programmes during the year, including a Global SSE Essay & Poster Challenge, commemorating Earth Day, and more.


How can you help us in encouraging participation:

  1. Share contact details of National Young Adult and National Service Coordinators in your zone, so our team can provide direct support to them in implementing STP. Please share their details here:
  2. Encourage all centres to play the launch video/share with members so that members are aware of STP 2017 and how they can get involved
  3. Encourage your family, centre and zone to engage with the topic on plastics and provide support with the materials that are attached


Attachments included with this email:

  • Plan of STP for the year
  • Launch Video (click to view/download)
  • Study circle guide on plastic
  • Suggestions for reducing plastic in the home
  • Suggestions for reducing plastic at Centres
  • Service and community engagement ideas on plastic


If you have any feedback or ideas, please share them with us. We are very excited to work with all of you and to continue to learn and practise Sathya Sai Baba’s message on the environment through STP 2017.


With love,

STP International Team


Shivendra Kumar

International Young Adults Coordinator

Sathya Sai International Organization

Email: Please update address book with new email ID.

Mobile/ WhatsApp/ Viber: +61 405 805 485

Skype: shivendra2005

6.  FW: Serve The Planet 2016
“Foster the seed of Love that clings to ‘me’ and ‘mine’, let it sprout into love for the group around you. 
Let it grow into love for all mankind and spread out its branches over animals, birds, 
those that creep and crawl, and let the love enfold all things and all beings in the world. 
 Proceed from less love to more love, narrow love to expanded love. ”
– Sathya Sai Baba (Sathya Sai Speaks, vol. 8, ch. 16)

Dearest Zone Chairs and Zone Youth Coordinators,

Loving greetings of Sairams to all of you. We are very happy to inform you that the theme for SERVE THE PLANET 2016 is “Love for Animals. As our dearest Swami beautifully explains, Divine Love embraces everything and every being; His love is always inclusive and expansive. As you know, although the theme for the project changes every year, the underlying current linking all the service activities carried out under the Serve The Planet (STP) framework is Human Values. 

STP was launched in 2013 as a global service project of the SSIO. The energy and impact of people all around the world engaged in service activities focused on a common theme, on the same day, has created a great sense of global Unity, Harmony and Love. This has also created a resound in our local communities. From these past experiences and from your valuable feedback and sharing, the STP International Team has been reviewing different aspects of the project, involving more youth in the core team and we have identified various opportunities for improvement which we would like to share with you.


  • Regular Communication: an update/informative e-mail will be sent on the 20th of each month about one or more aspects of the project in order to have a more regular and constant flow of communication. This will avoid periods of ‘absence’ and help maintain the project’s momentum throughout the year. Since the selected date for this global service project is the 20th of October (day in which our dearest Sathya Sai declared His Divine mission in 1940), we believe that the 20th of every month is a perfect date to stay tuned with the project. (We apologise for the slight delay this month).
  • Focus on Common Service Activities: one of the greatest strengths of STP is the energy derived from carrying out service activities under a common theme. Therefore, we find it important to identify and select two or three service initiatives under this year’s theme (after receiving your feedback). All zones should engage in these selected activities around the globe. 
  • Simplified Reporting Structure & Template: in many countries more than twenty different activities take place under the STP initiative each year and we understand it may be tedious to provide a summary of each one of these activities. Therefore, from now on, rather than having to provide a summary on each activity carried out, zones will be requested to provide a short summary and statistics by country rather than by activity. This will simplify your task while compiling reports as well as our task at the time of summarising the information received.
  • Study Circles / Self-introspection: we all know the importance Swami has placed on self-inquiry and regular study of His teachings as an important part of our spiritual discipline. For this reason, an inspiring booklet with extracts from Sathya Sai’s discourses on service and this year’s specific theme will be prepared as well as questions for both personal and group inquiry. The aim is to help us deepen our understanding as well as improve our practice. So although we are “going out” into our societies and local communities, at the same time we are also “going within” as this expansion takes place at both levels.
Additionally, one of the main objectives of STP is to encourage the participation of the general public. For this purpose, the tools below are being developed.
  • STP Video Presentation: explaining the inspiration behind the STP project, its objectives, overview of activities carried out over the past three years and invitation to participate in this year’s initiative. 
  • STP Informative Leaflet: same content as in the video, in the format of a one-page clear and attractive leaflet.
  • STP Facebook Page: taking advantage of the impact and opportunities social media can provide, an official STP Facebook page is being designed.
As you can see, after careful observation and review, there is a lot going on at the moment and various opportunities for growth and active involvement are available. Your contributions and collaboration is very much appreciated. 

So, how can you help us create greater awareness and further promote participation in the STP 2016?


  1. By distributing this communication to all the National Council Presidents and National Youth Coordinators in your respective zones so that every SSIO member is informed about the STP 2016 and the general scope for active participation.
  2. By asking youth to provide you with ideas of service activities that can be carried out under this year’s theme.  Please provide us with the initiatives/ideas of service activities by 30th April 2016
  3. By letting us know if there are any youth in your zones that would like to be part of the STP core team, who will help to prepare the materials for study circles and/or social media.
  4. By letting us know about any additional ideas for improvement, which have not been identified in this e-mail.
Over the next three days, we will send a personal message to each Zone Youth Coordinator and arrange a Skype meeting with you to strengthen our “heart to heart” communication and to hear your direct feedback & valuable contributions.

Looking forward to speaking with you very soon and thanking you in advance for your loving collaboration. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions/comments.

With Love,
STP International Team 
Alida Parkes, Zone 6 Chair
Shivendra Kumar, International Youth Coordinator
Raksha Mahtani, Zone 6 Youth Coordinator