Youth Leadership

The Youth Leadership program provides the youth with opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to reach their utmost potential as confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. The year-round program provides mentorship, empowerment, a focus on social and emotional well being as well as a fun, trusted, and safe space for the youth to connect. We encourage our youth to make long-lasting connections to the community and make a difference in others lives through civic engagement, advocacy, environmental and charitable services. Youth involved in the program also receive community service credit for schools, internships, and college applications.

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Youth Leadership Delegation

Our youth delegation consists of four different leadership opportunities for varied age groups. Each group helps foster leadership skills and encourages community outreach and service while providing a platform and space for youth to put communication and critical thinking skills in practice.

Youth Board (9th-11th graders)
Youth Advocacy Year-round (9th-12th graders)
Youth Advocacy Project Based (6th-12th graders)
Youth Council (8th-11th graders)
Youth Outreach (6th-7th graders)

Each group helps foster leadership skills and encourages community outreach and service while providing a platform and space for youth to put communication and critical thinking skills in practice. Learn more about each program at the links above.

MEET THE YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ADVISORS

Camp Bharat

For more than 30 years, Camp Bharat has provided a space for children of Indian heritage or those interested in the culture a chance to connect, share experiences, play, develop cultural awareness and form lasting friendships that often last a lifetime. Planned and executed by the Youth Board with support from the YB Advisors and YLP Director, the very popular annual, five-day, four-night camp at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington, is unique in the region, and allows our youth a chance to explore their cultural heritage in a fun and welcoming environment.

CAMPERS AGES (9 - 17 years old)

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Youth Board (YB)

Youth Board is a platform where thirty-two youths from the community (9th-11th graders) collaborate to create a team of leaders who train over the year via various service projects where they take on the majority of the responsibility from planning to execution. Service projects include community cafes, mental health and wellness advocacy training and workshops. For the 2021-22 school year, the program will consist of 2 large community events and 4 small community events. This training helps students to evolve into leaders who then plan a 5-day and 4-night camp (Camp Bharat) for 220+ children in the Indian community of Greater Seattle. 

The 2020 YB members led Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Mental Health Summit with participation from Youth Council (YC) and Youth Outreach (YO) members. The 2021 YB members planned and executed a "Walk for Mental Health" a virtual walk and fundraiser to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health disorders. The YC and YO members also participated in fundraising and registering community members.

Registration and Selection

Youth Board is selections based and requires a great amount of time commitment with strict attendance policy. The program offers ongoing leadership opportunities to all its members.

YB registration for 2021-22 selections opens on August 22nd and closes on Sept 7, 2021. For additional information, click here

MEET THE YOUTH BOARD LEADERS

Youth Advocacy (YA)

Youth-led Advocacy is our newest addition began in October 2020. This program provides a platform for passionate youth interested in using their voices to tackle world-wide issues that are important and matter to them. YA members have options to apply for a year-round program where they will receive mentoring and participate in leadership opportunities through advocacy work, projects, workshops, presentations, and partake on panels to name a few. Requirements for students include attendance to monthly meetings (scheduled on Saturday or Sunday), to organize and attend weekly small group meetings, organize and attend webinars/workshops, identify speakers, create social media and other awareness posts and videos, as well as spearhead projects within each advocacy group.

Registration and Selection:

The selections for the YA year-round program are limited to high schoolers and take place on October 9th and 10th.

MEET THE YOUTH ADVOCACY LEADERS
Youth Advocacy: Project Based

Members who are unable to commit to the year-round program, may also participate through project-based activities which will be open to all middle and high-schoolers throughout the year starting . Youth who are interested in participating in the project-based portion of this program can register anytime starting October 18th. Contact: ypdirectors@iaww.org

Youth Council (YC)

Youth Council is where a group of 13 to 17-year-olds (8th-11th graders) come together to explore leadership, mentoring and service opportunities. The program offers leadership roles and YCs also have leadership responsibilities at Camp Bharat (run by YB). This past year, many of the YC members participated in advocacy work on racism, mental health and wellness, yoga through Connected Moment, small business relief efforts as well as participated in COVID relief efforts where they delivered food to front line heroes and made masks for Friends of Youth. YC members receive volunteer service credit for school and college applications.

Registration and Selection

The Youth Council program registration will take place Oct 17th and operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

MEET THE YOUTH COUNCIL LEADERS

Youth Outreach (YO)

YO was formed in the 2019/2020 program year to provide a safe and trusting space for 6th and 7th graders to navigate the middle-school years. Members are provided year-round support by youth mentors with a focus on self-leadership, integrity, and civic responsibility. Students have the opportunity to gain volunteer hours through community service projects, advocacy work, and COVID relief efforts (students this past year well as sewing masks for COVID relief efforts). These efforts and projects help to provide overall leadership skills for students to carry forward as positive influences within their communities.

Registration and Selection

Registration is first-come; first-served due to limited spots and will take place on October 16th.

Mental Health Advocacy

In 2020 Youth Leadership Program members organized and implemented a Mental Health Summit in efforts to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental disorders. The June summit was attended by over 200 people, with continued efforts to normalize Mental Wellness within the Indian community. In 2021 Youth Board members put on a virtual Walk for Mental Health where Youth Council and Youth Outreach members also helped fudraise for youth mental health services and had community members register for the walk. 250+ participated. This was again efforts to spread awareness and reduce the stigma.

2020 Mental Health Summit 2021 Walk For Mental Health

My confidence and leadership skills have increased through the program and being surrounded by so many hard-working individuals inspired my desire for a greater work ethic.

KP- Youth Leadership Member

Camp Bharat

For more than 30 years, Camp Bharat has provided a space for children of Indian heritage or those interested in the culture a chance to connect, share experiences, play, develop cultural awareness and form lasting friendships that often last a lifetime. The very popular five-day, four-night camp at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington, is unique in the region, and allows our youth a chance to explore their cultural heritage in a fun and welcoming environment. A day in the life of a camper includes: basic morning Yoga, sports (dodge ball, kabbadi, kho, pittoo, etc.), afternoon workshops on arts, crafts, cooking, Amazing race, Mad Scientist, and board games. Evenings include story time, Garba dance workshops, camp fires, and walks to the beach. The Indian festival of colors 'Holi' is celebrated in the open space and is always a popular event. As the children leave camp on the fifth day, they discover the depth of their connections and bonds to each other, having created the 'Family Camp Bharat'. 

Registration

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we held a 2020 virtual Camp Bharat on August 12-14 and it was a huge success! In 2021, a fully vaccinated camp was held from August 10-14 at Fort Worden. 

Camp Bharat 2022 is scheduled for August 9-13. Camp is for 9 to 17-year-olds. Additional Information regarding CB 2022 will be available in April 2022.

For Camp Bharat questions, contact: ypdirectors@iaww.org.

CAMP BHARAT VIDEOS CAMP BHARAT PHOTOS CAMP BHARAT 2021 PHOTOS

Camp Bharat Videos!

Camp Bharat 2020
IAWW Camp Bharat 30th Anniversary Tribute