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”
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 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 sixteen year olds (8th- 11th graders) 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 program runs on a volunteer basis (first come, first serve for registration).
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 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 101, etc. Evenings are with story time, camp fires, Garba dance workshops, Carnival 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’.