Dear Young Adults of Region 3,
Loving Sairam! With Bhagawan’s blessings, we are delighted to announce the new Region 3 Young Adult officers.
We’d first like to express our deepest and loving thanks to Shivani and RJ. Shivani has been an ideal role model for many YAs in the region, and was instrumental in organizing a very successful and unique ARRYA (Annual Regional Retreat for Young Adults). Additionally she co-led the YA cultural program at the regional retreat. Brother RJ Patel has inspired many YAs to focus on selfless service. He worked with children with special needs in the Atlanta area and organized team sports. Please join us in expressing our sincere appreciation to Shivani and RJ for their loving leadership and pray that Swami blesses them always!
Please find below more information on our new regional YA officers and the team!
Incoming YA Rep, Female
Nisha was born into a Sai fold family in Toronto, Canada where she began attending SSE classes, continuing through the program in Atlanta after moving there in 2002. She has been an active member of the YA program and has been involved in local and regional YA programs and projects. From 2014 to 2016, Nisha served as the YA rep for the Atlanta Center, where she enjoys playing tabla for bhajans regularly. Her love for Bhagawan has inspired her to become an active member of the Sai organization. Swami’s life and message has continued to be an inspiration for her and she is ever grateful to Bhagawan for the opportunity to serve Him through this role. Professionally, Nisha holds a BS degree in Computer Science graduate and works as a Financial Analyst in IT Services for Coca-Cola.
Incoming YA Advisor, Male
Andrew knew Swami in 2001, when he first came to the center and felt an instant connection as soon as he saw His photo on the altar. Since 2001, Andrew had been in the Orlando, Tallahassee, Nashville and Tampa centers since as a member. He has been to see Swami in 2002, 2005, and was on the National Pilgrimage in 2017. Swami first came in to his life as a loving mother who taught him about eastern spirituality and introduced him to gurus through books like Yogananda. Andrew has been practicing daily meditation for 20+ years, and plays the guitar at bhajans. Andrew has taught SSE classes at Sai Centers in Tampa and Orlando, served as the VP in the Tallahassee Center, and is currently the president of Sathya Sai Baba Center of Tampa Bay. Professionally, Andrew has a PhD in Spanish Linguistics, and currently a Professor in languages and linguistics at the University of Tampa.
Continuing YA Rep, Male
Kushal was blessed to be born into Swami’s fold in India. As a child he attended Balvikas before moving to USA, where he continued on as an SSE student. His love for Bhagawan has inspired him to become an active member of the Sai organization for many years. He had the privilege to be the Service Coordinator for the Huntsville (Alabama) Sai Center from 2010 to 2011. During his young adult tenure, he has played an active role in the YA program and had the opportunity to be a part of and lead multiple Sai projects at regional, national, and international levels. Swami’s life and message has continued to be an inspiration for him and he is ever grateful to Bhagawan for the opportunity to serve Him through this role. In the professional world, Kushal holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and works as a Radar Systems Engineer for the Department of Defense in Huntsville.
Continuing YA Advisor, Female
Priya has known Swami as a toddler when she was taken to Swami by her parents in the 1960s. Priya attends the Greenville center. She previously served as the center SSE coordinator and the Region 3 SSE coordinator. She also worked with the National SSE team to pilot a regional SSE enrichment initiative. Professionally, Priya is a Internal Medicine physician, works at a community health center in SC providing health care for all regardless of financial ability.
We warmly welcome Nisha, Kushal, Priya and Andrew and pray to Bhagawan for showering His blessings, guidance, and love to the team. The new officers will assume all responsibilities immediately, will be mentored and transitioned in by the outgoing officers.
Lovingly, in the service of Sai,
Shanti, Lakshman, Aparna and Dr. Joe
(National Young Adult team, USA)
Dear Center Presidents and Group Leaders,
Sairam Dear YAs and YA reps,
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!
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
- Suggestions for reducing plastic in the home
- Suggestions for reducing plastic at Centres
- Service and community engagement ideas on plastic
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: https://goo.gl/forms/gMWR7vS5jYdZW9XA3
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org