Let's start with the fun stuff!
If you ask YJA members and leaders (Executive Board members, Convention Committee members, or Local Representatives) what YJA means to them, they’ll use words like:
Connection, community, friends, family, all-nighters, religion, faith, discovery, friends across the country, Jainism in the modern world, lifestyle, fun, adventures, cultural and religious resiliency, leadership development, meeting your peers/community; realizing that religion can mean something deeply personal and doesn’t just have to be what you’ve learned from parents; a way to interact with people of the same beliefs, while actively shaping your own; safe space, supportive community
Now for the details...
What is Young Jains of America? - http://www.yja.org
Young Jains of America (YJA) is an entity of Federation of the Jain Associations in North America (JAINA), a non-profit religious organization. YJA serves Jain youth from ages 14-29. YJA was first established in 1991, and held its first biennial youth convention in 1994. Today, YJA serves over 10,000 members, creating opportunities for Jain youth to connect through social events, service and education. Our Executive Board works with a network of Local Representatives, as well as local Jain youth groups, College Chapters, and other interfaith organizations across our six regions to host events, develop and share resources, and build communities. Our members are the next generation of Jain leaders in North America, and we strive to constantly bring together the knowledge and wisdom of our global community with the technology and opportunity of the 21st century to make Jainism relevant to their daily lives!