Having attended many Sikh camps, retreats, and conferences, I have experienced the benefits of creating a community and network among the Sikh youth. There is a pressing need for forums where young Sikhs can gain knowledge, discuss, and take action on principles that define their value system. The Surat Sikh Conference provides an opportunity for Sikh students and young professionals to come together to learn and be inspired through their sangat.
This year, the theme for the conference is "Challenging Injustice: A Sikh Framework through Anand Sahib and the Zafarnama." This will be my first year attending the conference, and I look forward to participating in discussions, workshops, and guest lectures to grow and expand my knowledge.
I am also looking forward to working and learning with people from all different backgrounds. This being said, I think it is very important for all young Sikh professionals to have an equal opportunity to attend the Surat Sikh Conference regardless of their economic status. Therefore, I am hoping to raise money for the Surat Scholarships, which help sponsor young Sikhs to attend the conference free of charge! This year, Surat is trying to sponsor 10 young children, and the scholarships will cover all of their costs, including the hotel, food, and activities for the weekend.
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