May 4th, 2017
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Young Jains of America, Young Jains of Singapore, & Young Jains United Kingdom are co-hosting the FIRST ever international, self-paced, charity walk-a-thon! Join us to raise money for Akshaya Patra by setting a goal of how many miles you want to walk/run from May 1st through May 22nd (disregard the dates on this event) and how much you want to fundraise for Akshaya Patra.

Akshaya Patra’s mission is that no child should be deprived from education because of hunger. They achieve this mission through their mid-day meal program which attempts to feed millions of children in India who zeal to learn and achieve.

This is a wonderful opportunity for YOU to contribute to bettering someone’s future and raising money to motivate and nourish children in India. YJA, YJS, & YJUK endeavors are to fundraise so that children in India can pursue an education and to create awareness on world hunger! Reach out to your family and friends to donate (directing them to our website) as you are walking for a cause. We will not be keeping track of your progress on the miles you walk/run, and will give you the autonomy on that. Let’s make a difference! Please email if you have any questions.

How to participate:
1) Go to on May 1st (we will have direct link up soon)
2) Fill out the form to let us know your mileage and fundraising goal
3) Walk/run your miles from May 1st through 22nd on your own- track through apps (options are below) or fitbit type devices
4) Direct your family and friends to donate through our website from May 1st through 22nd by selecting your name from the drop down menu on the donation form
Sign Up for the Walk-A-Thon!
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, YJA is hosting a webinar with two YJA members, Amit Shah and Pooja Mehta, along with our Director of Education, Anjali Doshi, to discuss mental health, wellness, and Jainism. We’ll address a few basics of mental health, debunk stereotypes and misconceptions regarding mental health particularly in the South Asian community, and talk about the ways Jainism encourages us to care for our minds before answering YOUR anonymous questions.

Submit questions and topics you’d like to see discussed before the webinar at

Jain Pathshala Survey

Dr. Brianne Donaldson, a fellow in Jain Studies at Rice University, is conducting a comprehensive nationwide online survey on pathshala education among past and/or current pathshala students and teachers in the United States (age 14 - adult) to see how the Jain tradition adapts and changes across generations in the U.S. through pathshala programs. If you have attended pathshala in the US, please fill out the survey by May 31st!
Pathshala Survey

Northeast Regional Retreat

Sand, sunshine and sessions! The 2017 YJA Northeast Retreat was full of engaging and thought-provoking sessions on topics such as the ethical dilemmas a young Jain faces and maintaining a Jain Way of Life in the workplace. Attendees had non-stop fun this weekend from the very competitive dance-off to vegan cinnamon rolls and volleyball on Salisbury beach. Take a look back at the retreat photos and video. If you couldn't make it to a YJA retreat this year, we would love to see you in 2018!

YJA at Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Events

YJA members met up and volunteered at Mahavir Janma Kalyanak celebrations across the country. (Right: YJA and Jain Youth of the Capital members at the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington; Left: YJA members at the Jain Center of America)
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