IAWW Youth Leadership Program
“To inspire the youth to carve a path that awakens a sense of civic responsibility, empathy and hone leadership skills through community service projects, workshops and programs that bridge the gap between main stream and Indian community”- Annu Luthra, IAWW Youth Leadership Program Director
Since its inception, the IAWW Youth Leadership Program has evolved into a program that year-round provides various opportunities to its youth to engage in civic, environmental and charitable services. The program creates a fun and safe space for the youth to connect.
The Youth Board is a platform where thirty-two youth (9th-11th graders) come together to create a team of leaders who train over the year via various service projects (from planning to execution) to evolve into youth counselors who then plan a 5 day-4 night camp (Camp Bharat) for 220 children in the Indian community of Greater Seattle.
In addition, the Youth Leadership Program offers the Youth Council Program where a group of thirteen to seventeen year old (8th- 11th graders) come together to explore leadership and service opportunities within the Greater Seattle area. While members of the Youth Board are selected through a stringent selection process which starts in September, our Youth Council program registration takes place in October and is first-come; first-serve.
Camp Bharat is a five-day, four-night camp that is planned and executed by the IAWW Youth Board in August each year with direction and advice offered by their Youth Board Advisors and the Youth Program 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, handball, pittoo), afternoon workshops on arts, crafts, games, board games, cooking, Engineering, etc. Evenings are with story time, camp fires, Garba, dance workshops, Carnival and walk 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’.