IAWW YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
"To inspire the youth to carve a path that awakens a sense of civic responsibility, empathy and hone leadership skills by community service projects and programs that bridge the gap between main stream and Indian community"
Since its inception, the IAWW Youth Program has evolved into a program that year round provides various opportunities to its youth to engage in civic, environmental and charitable service. The Youth Board is a platform where thirty youth come together to create a team of leaders who train over the year via various service projects to evolve into youth counselors who then plan a 5 day camp (Camp Bharat) for over 200 children in the Indian community of Greater Seattle. In addition, the youth program also offers the Youth Council Porgram where a group of fourteen to sixteen year olds come together to explore leadership and service opportunities within the Seattle area. While members of the Youth Board are selected through a stringent selection process, our Youth Council progam runs on a volunteer basis (first come, first serve).
Camp Bharat is a five day, four night camp that is sponsored by the IAWW Executive Board and conducted by the IAWW Youth Board in August each year. Camp Bharat is organized by our Youth Board members with direction and advice offered by their Youth Board Advisors and the Director. Camp Bharat is for children of Indian heritage and provides the space for the youth to come together, play and connect with each other, share experiences and develop lasting friendships. A day in the life of a camper includes basic morning Yoga, games (dodge ball, kabbadi, kho, ciricket, pittoo), afternoon workshops on artrs, crafts, langauges of Inida, and board games. Evenings are with story time, camp fires, Garba dance workshops, 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 connection and bonds to each other having created the 'Family Camp Bharat'.
IAWW Youth Program announces Camp Bharat 2017 scheduled for Tuesday, August 15h to Saturday, August 19th at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA.