The formation of the Youth Group was of great focus this year at VOV. The truth of our youth is that it has been the missing link for a couple of years. With the implementation, VOV’s vision of “Cradle to Golden Years,” is complete and inclusive. The youth today are certainly high energy and reactionary and are called by many different names such as millennials, gen X, gen Y, gen-Next etc. We at VOV must youthfully meet them in the middle as there is mutual benefit to both sides with a functional youth group at VOV. Our youths are the leaders of tomorrow and we need to gain their trust, believe in their responsibility and engage the different types of intelligences among them. For these young people ranging from ages thirteen to thirty, they have a platform, representation and mentorship. It is indeed wonderful to have Voice of the Youths at Voice of the Vedas.
Currently the youth group is under the directorship of Pamela Ragannandan with the assistance of Aarti Sethi. They are committed to gain insight into our youths’ perspective, issues, action and to provide a stepping stone at VOV by getting them into the committees at VOV and having their presence at Board meetings. The goal for the next year is for the youth group to structure themselves and create their vision. The youths’ vision is to see VOV get up to speed with social media so the organization and all its events are trending. The current initiative is a food drive started at Thanksgiving ending for Diwali; and then to proceed to the Food Bank with the collection and to volunteer their time. Some areas where the youths want to be involved more, is in the temple at the altar, welcoming and ushering attendees, to be part of kirtan and fundraising events. They have also suggested workshops on mental health, physical health, image and finance as there is a strong need among young people. There is tremendous possibility if our youths’ energies are used in a positive way to train them and to keep them focus and healthy. To achieve this is to achieve sustainability for the long term and VOV will be in good hands for the future generations.