Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Members and Volunteers

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

We are currently recruiting members and volunteers to help with the many projects planned. Some projects include:
a) increasing Sikh youth presence in the community:
this includes participating in cancer fundraising events,
donating stuffed animals to pediatrics, helping the
needy/homeless by donating blankets
b) facilitating seminars, educational activites, workshops:
Last year we hosted a seminar called "Gang violence among Indo- Canadians", and we helped teach seniors basic computer skills. We have more seminars and workshops lined up this year on topics such as, Mental Health and Addiction, Internet Safety, Relationship Abuse and Diabetes (all in the context of the Indo Canadian community).

We hope that youth from Prince George will help us reach our goals this year.

Membership is for youth 8-26 years old. Fees are $100 each, due to the fact that PG Sikh Youth Society doesn't have regular funding from any other source. This money goes towards the projects and seminars.

If you are interested please contact pgsikhyouth@khalsa.com

Sikh Youth Survey

PG Sikh Youth Society is collecting a survey, especially from youth aged 8-26 (but anyone can fill this out) on what you think about the Sikhism related education and services provided by the Prince George Sikh community. The following questions are in the survey. Like before, you can copy and paste the information into a Word document and then email it to pgsikhyouth@khalsa.com or you can copy and paste the questions into a comments box (button at the bottom of the post), fill out the survey and hit post. Your response won’t actually be posted, but this is a way you can remain anonymous.

This survey is really helpful in evaluating what people feel, especially the youth, about the services provided and how this society can help in improving or providing novel services to help youth understand more about Sikhism/heritage. Some of the questions may make some people uncomfortable… please provide as much information as you feel.

Change can only occur if someone points out the issues.

Background Info
Age: 8-16, 16-20, 20-26, 26+
Gender: M or F
Were you born into Sikhism (do you have parents who practise Sikhism):
Do you volunteer anywhere in town?
Do you have formal education in Sikhism (ie Sunday School at the local temple, keertan classes etc).

Questions:

Own Life Experience:


Scale: Scale is one to ten
1 is the lowest, 5 is neutral, and 10 is the highest.

1. How important do you think Sikhism is in your life (scale of 1 to 10)
2. Do you think you apply values/knowledge you learned in Sikhism to everyday life (scale 1 to 10 one being I don’t use it, 5 being neutral, 10 being I use it a lot)
3. Would you be interested in learning more about Sikhism:
4. What are some values that you think Sikhism teaches:

Temple Services

Do you attend the temple regularly (if not, why):
For those of you who attend,
a) How many hours and days of the week do you attend:
b) Do you understand the speaker(s)/people who are doing keertan:
c) What is your experience when you attend temple (do you enjoy it, bored etc):
d) What services do you think would make your experience better?
e) How important do you think attending the temple is?
f) Do you volunteer at the local temple/gurdwara?
e) Do you understand why we do certain traditions?



General Questions

Who was the 9th Sikh Guru:
What was Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s major accomplishment:


Do you have any other issues that you would raise with the Sikh community in general?

The answers to these questions will remain anonymous but the information collected may be used in a form that the PG Sikh Youth Society seems fit.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Evaluation

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Last year Prince George hosted a seminar on Gang Violence among Indo-Canadians, which was conducted by the RCMP. We are hoping to have a few more seminars organized for the community this year too. In order to improve them for the future, we are hoping that people who attended will fill out a short form evaluating the seminar and the way it was conducted.

The following questions are a part of the evaluation. You can copy and paste them onto a Word document and email them to pgsikhyouth@khalsa.com or you can copy and paste them into the "comments" box (button located at the bottom of this post) and then send it as a comment (I won't actually post them online but will collect the responses). In this way you can remain anonymous.

Evaluation of
Gang Violence among Indo-Canadians Seminar:

Did you find the seminar useful:

Did you find that the seminar was conducted appropriately (ie was it in the right venue, were there enough snacks)

How did you find out about the seminar (ie newspaper, friends/family)

Was it the appropriate length:

What did you like or find useful about the seminar

What did you dislike or not find useful about the seminar:

Would you recommend any speakers or topics for upcoming seminars and if so, why?

Would you attend future seminars?

Any other comments?

For those who choose to participate, thank you for your time. For those of you not participating.......What Are You Waiting For???

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It is truly amazing what you can learn from Sikh history. Many of the lessons that our Gurus taught centuries ago still apply to the day-to-day lives here in North America today, in the 21st century. One of my favorite things to do is read history books on the gurus. The stories are very interesting and enlightening.

The story of Guru Gobind Singh Ji is very long... he accomplished so many things in his relatively short life. His personality was that of a courageour leader; one that uplifted the spirits of his warriors. His life story is truly inspiring.

Happy Gurpurb: Janam Dhin of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

I encourage people to learn more about the Sikh Gurus:
some good sites include:
www.sikhnet.com
www.sikhiwiki.com


Here is a video on the shahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh Ji


Here is a video on Guru Gobind Singh Ji



Here is another video on Mai Bhago and the 40 Mukta.. a must watch.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Interesting video

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Here is an interesting video found on Sikhnet. You can also buy DVDs from their website that include the videos that they have produced so far.


Please donate to Sikhnet so that they can continue to provide educational and inspirational media for everyone.