Sikh Honor & Service Society (SHSS)

A project of Jakara Movement
Display Pic.jpg Kamaljit Kaur
Fresno, California, US
$1,000pledged of $4,500 goal
$1,000goal: $4,500
Yes tax deductible

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A statewide program aimed at promoting and honoring service, leadership, and academic excellence amongst Sikh high school students.

At present high school is where engagement with Sikh institutions takes a nosedive. Look at any of our Gurdwaras, Khalsa/Punjabi schools and it appears that high school Sikh are either "too busy" to engage with Sikhi or more likely, the current structures no longer appeal to them. We have found a solution. Started in 2015, our Sikh Honors and Service Society (SHSS) program creates high school campus clubs, akin to those by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim youth, that goes far beyond. We create a family and a network for our children, giving them new exposures to Gurmat, seva, a sangat and instilling pride in their Sikh heritage and customs.

Prior to the school calendar year 2019-2020, we had started 40 clubs in 5 regions in California. By August 2020, we will have 45 enlisted clubs in 6 different regions, focusing on schools that have Sikh populations of over 50 students at their respective high schools. Focusing on our demographic concentrations including Yuba City, Sacramento, Bay Area, 209-region cities (Stockton, Tracy, Modesto, Ceres, Livingston), Fresno, and Bakersfield. 

The ask for this campaign is $4,500. This doesn't cover ALL the costs, but what it does is help us with supplies and materials for our over 500 members. Our largest expense is having staff that actually visits the schools, meets the students regularly, knows the administration and teachers. This is NOT covered by this campaign. However, what this drive would indicate is that the Sikh community is interested in creating solutions with long-term programs, rather than only one-off projects. The $4,500 between 45 schools comes to about $100 per school, which covers supplies such as induction pins, shirts, & care packages for our students.

The single most important issue for the future of the Sikh community is the education of our children. We are collectively failing. Over the past year, we have heavily invested to find a solution. This is one. Will you support it?

  • 09/16/2020

    Project Update 2020

    The Jakara Movement is committed to serving our youth even during COVID19 times.  The Jakara Movement staff has done extensive research into the best practices of virtual youth engagement to ensure we are prepared to provide online programming this year.  As the fall semester begins we are expanding our clubs and volunteer base on campuses by engaging the youth through virtual discussions, Sikhiya (college application assistance and workshops), voter engagement volunteer opportunities, movie nights, and much more! The SHSS members are excited to continue to grow and learn despite the restrictions placed by distance learning. Thank you for your continued support and we need you now more than ever.  Let's make sure our students aren't left behind by providing them with dynamic and vibrant programs and learning experiences.  Can we count on your dasvandh?


    We would be happy to discuss how we can best serve our youth. Please reach out at any time via email at kamaljit@jakara.org.


    Thank you!

  • 08/30/2018

    Project Update

    The Jakara Movement wishes you and your families a Happy ਸਾਵਣ (Sawan)! During the month of ਸਾਵਣ we recognize the shaheedi of Bhai Taru Singh, a shaheed who committed his life to Sikhi. Even after he was arrested, Bhai Taru Singh stayed true to the guru and Sikhi. During this month we are also reminded of the pillars of Sikhi - naam japo, kirat karo, & vand ke chhako.  


    119 events

    Here’s what we’ve accomplished in the last 6 months: We’ve held 119 events over these 6 months. From local Sacha Sauda meal-sharings and teenage-parent town halls to pan-Jakara conferences like Sikholars and Lalkaar, from January to June our staff has held 119 events. It is at these events that we challenge the status quo, raise awareness around issues that are relevant to our community, speak at protests, engage with our youth at Jakara Juniors, and so much more. Each year, we continue previous programming and events, and we implement new ones to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community. This year, we established Sikh History Day, a series of parent-teenage townhalls, and held a series of Know Your Rights workshops. Stay tuned for this next quarter, we have some more ideas that will be rolling out!


    760+ Volunteers

    These events could not be possible without the 760+ volunteers who have helped make them run so smoothly. Volunteers help develop content and train our youth, they make meals to be shared with others, and they help coordinate logistics. In the last 6 months we have connected with high school students who were counselors at their first Jakara Juniors and we have seen college students and young professionals facilitate at our annual Nishaan and Lalkaar conferences. It was here they were able to connect with those younger with them and serve as mentors, friends, and even older siblings. It was here they formed a connection and continue to stay in touch with them. We see volunteers of all ages from high school students to parents - yes, even parents can volunteer with us! 

    6,500 people engaged

    It is at these events that we have been able to engage over 6,500 people. This number consists of the participants at our conferences and events, people we shared meals with in downtown, and people we connected with at events across California from January to July. From the participants at Sikholars to those present during our presentations in various spaces, we are grateful to all those who engage with Jakara. It is in these spaces we are able to have critical conversations, ask ourselves what work is necessary, and learn more about one another. It was during the townhall series with parents and teenagers in the Bay Area we were able to provide an opportunity for students to share about their stresses and for parents to be engaged in this conversation. It was our staff in Fresno who led teacher education workshops on our Sikh community and reached over 700 teachers. When we provide meaningful platforms that are relevant to our community, it is then that we can grow and have greater and healthier outcomes for our youth and community. We are beyond humbled by the support we receive from all those who engage in our programming.


    Invest in Community Power

    We share these numbers with you to be transparent and have a better understanding of the State of our Movement. As a community organization that prioritizes building our community, we know this can not happen without your support. Invest in your community by donating today! As we get ready to embark on a new academic year with our high school and college students, we would love for your to show your support and donate. Whether $50, $500, or more, every dollar counts. Together, we are the Movement.

Name Donation Date
A. S. $25.00 October 2020
A. S. $25.00 September 2020
A. S. $25.00 August 2020
A. S. $25.00 July 2020
A. S. $25.00 June 2020
A. S. $25.00 May 2020
A. S. $25.00 April 2020
A. S. $25.00 March 2020
A. S. $25.00 February 2020
A. S. $25.00 January 2020
A. S. $25.00 December 2019
A. S. $25.00 November 2019
Anonymous $100.00 November 2019
harjit singh $100.00 November 2019
Administrator Dasvandh Network $500.00 October 2019
A. S. $25.00 October 2019
A. S. $25.00 September 2019
A. S. $25.00 August 2019
A. S. $25.00 July 2019
A. S. $25.00 June 2019
A. S. $25.00 May 2019
A. S. $25.00 April 2019
Gurneet Singh $50.00 March 2019
A. S. $25.00 March 2019
A. S. $25.00 February 2019
A. S. $25.00 January 2019
Anonymous $50.00 December 2018
A. S. $25.00 December 2018
A. S. $25.00 November 2018
Anonymous $100.00 November 2018
Anonymous $100.00 November 2018
Anonymous $25.00 November 2018
Sandi Johal Kang $25.00 November 2018
Navdeep Kaur $25.00 November 2018
A. S. $25.00 October 2018
A. S. $25.00 September 2018
A. S. $25.00 August 2018
A. S. $25.00 July 2018
A. S. $25.00 June 2018
A. S. $25.00 May 2018
I. S. $10.00 May 2018
A. D. $500.00 April 2018
A. S. $25.00 April 2018
A. S. $25.00 March 2018
A. S. $25.00 February 2018
A. S. $25.00 January 2018
A. S. $25.00 December 2017
A. S. $25.00 November 2017
D. M. $500.00 November 2017
M. S. $500.00 November 2017
A. S. $25.00 October 2017
A. S. $25.00 September 2017
A. C. $100.00 August 2017
A. S. $25.00 August 2017
A. S. $25.00 July 2017
A. S. $25.00 June 2017
A. S. $25.00 May 2017
A. S. $25.00 April 2017
A. S. $25.00 March 2017
A. S. $25.00 February 2017
A. S. $25.00 January 2017
I. S. $299.00 January 2017
H. G. $100.00 December 2016
A. S. $25.00 December 2016
M. K. $51.00 December 2016
I. S. $50.00 November 2016
D. M. $100.00 November 2016
A. S. $25.00 November 2016
N. K. $250.00 November 2016
D. M. $1,050.00 November 2016
J. C. $500.00 November 2016
H. C. $500.00 November 2016
M. S. $50.00 November 2016
H. S. $100.00 November 2016

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