To kick off the holiday season, we hope you'll give to YJA during our #givingtuesday campaign. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was started as an international day of giving as part of the kickoff for the winter holiday season. After reflecting with friends and family about what we are thankful for, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to act to share what we have with others with a donation. Your donations will fund YJA's many educational, social, and service-related activities, which bring youth together to talk about Jain values, practices, and Jainism in our daily lives.

You can donate online any time between now and 11/29 at If you would like to mail a check, please email No amount is too small!

Feel free to email with any questions.

On behalf of the YJA Executive Board, we truly appreciate your support and are excited to use these donations to keep bringing you new and stronger programs this year!

Interregional Clothing Drive

YJA's two favorite things are coming together this year-- a little interregional rivalry, and a whole lot of giving-- just in time for the holiday season! From December 5th-19th, YJA will be hosting a clothing drive across the country, with each region trying to facilitate the most Dan (charity) that they can. If you have coats at the back of your closets, or jeans that fit a bit more like jorts (that's jean-shorts, for the less cultured), go ahead and donate them to the closest repository! For a full list of repositories, visit

December Events

YJA Takes the Ice  - Dallas
December 18th 5-7 PM
Dr. Pepper Star Center

YJA Takes the Ice - Austin
December 17th 5:30 - 7:30
Ice Skating on the Plaza - Whole Foods Market
YJA Goes Bowling - Houston
December 18th 6-8 PM

Dharma and Desserts - Chestnut Hill, MA
December 16th 8-10 PM
Treat Cupcake Bar
Dharma and Desserts - Needham, MA
December 16th 8-10 PM
Treat Cupcake Bar

Young Minds: Thanksgiving 2016

In case you missed it: check out the latest edition of Young Minds. Read about how Jain youth across the country celebrate Thanksgiving, catch up on recent YJA events and learn more about #GivingTuesday!

#DearYJA Webinar


Thank you to those who submitted questions at National Dinners and those who joined us on the #DearYJA webinar! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, you can find the recording at this here.

Additionally, congratulations to Arham Shah and Janvi Shah for winning YJA Blankets on the webinar!

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