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Youth Ambassador

The Ekam Youth Ambassador program is a service-based initiative that empowers young people ages 8 to 21 to volunteer in their local communities and help in promoting Ekam’s mission. EYA’s can directly help promote childcare and maternal healthcare in India’s rural villages and build sustainable models to implement.

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Details

The EKAM Youth Ambassador program is the flagship initiative of EKAM USA to develop a lifelong penchant for service among the youth. Through service activities , EYA’s develop empathy towards others who are not as blessed in health, wealth and material well-being. EYA’s plan , lead and execute projects to serve the undeserved and downtrodden both here in the states and India. EYA’s strive hard to generate funds to drive these projects.

Through our Youth Ambassador program, we want to build an EKAM Soul force that believes in our core values of

  • Oneness
  • Truth
  • Compassion
  • Self-Obsolescence

Benefits

There are many benefits of becoming an EYA. It helps bring the natural tendency of giving and compassion inherent in these young souls thus building responsible citizens of the world.They develop a sense of responsibility, commitment and perseverance to achieve their goals
There are many tangible benefits such as

  • Being an EYA can earn prestigious President’s Volunteer Service (PVS)Award
  • EYA are eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if the required hours per year goal is met through EKAM service activities
  • Participate in Training programs/ Webinars conducted regularly by EKAM
  • Opportunity to create your own workshops to help pursue your passion and build your confidence
  • Receive discounts from our partners (example: tuition waiver up-to $500 on ACT or SAT training)
  • Receive guidance on Grant Writing and College Essay Writing
  • Learn how to run a fund collection drive end-to-end from planning to achieving your targets

EYA Program Activities

Adopt a District

  • Each Ekam USA local chapter is assigned one district in Tamil Nadu (TN),India in order to learn the Ekam model.
  • We are currently focussing in TN as it has a successful working Ekam model and adequate staff to coordinate EYA-funded projects and help the chapter understand the Ekam approach. The funds raised by the chapter will be used for Ekam activities in that district.
  • Our goal is to have communications between the chapter members and the district officers for transparency and better understanding/ involvement with the adopted district.
  • A sum of $3000 per year has been suggested to each chapter to cover the Sustainable WellBeing Initiative (SWBI) activities. The matching funds obtained are to be used for Ekam Corpus fund for long term sustainability of Ekam. Any additional funds raised will be used for additional projects to meet specific needs in the district (eg school or hospital) can be launched.
  • EYA should help the chapter meet its SWBI funding goal through fundraising – both online and local events like 5K runs, lemonade or craft sales, tournaments, online tutoring etc.

Local Service Opportunities


Local EYA group and EYA coordinators can determine local service activities according to the team’s schedule and available opportunities.

Ekam is open to working with other organizations and/or take up work .EYA are currently involved in as long as this is done with the local EYA group with prior approval from the local/national EYA coordinator.

EYA volunteer have participated activities in previous years such as

  • Serving at soup kitchens or food banks
  • Participating in health fairs or local events
  • Organizing clothing drives
  • Organizing 5K runs
  • Volunteer in India

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Volunteer Service Award

EKAM USA is an authorized non-profit organization for the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award

  • Being an EYA can earn prestigious President’s Volunteer Service (PVS)Award
  • EYA are eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if the required hours per year goal is met through Ekam service activities
  • PVS Award guidelines are used to determine eligibility
  • Volunteering hours towards presidential award can be tracked using the free EKAM Journey App

Events

Upcoming events

    • 4 Jun 2021
    • 7 May 2022
    • 11 sessions
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    National EYA/ Chapter Coordination call - first saturday of each month at 11am central time (except for long weekends when it will be scheduled on second saturday of the month) - emailed dates.

    Agenda

    1. Volunteer guidelines
    2. President’s Volunteer Service Award guidelines
    3. Chapter updates- fundraisers, service activities

    Registered EYA's can directly register for this event.

    New Users sign up for Youth Ambassador.

    • 22 Aug 2021
    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 6 sessions
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    • 3 Oct 2021
    • 8 Nov 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • USA
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    • Admin Training
    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 101 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ
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These donors have supported Ekam’s work at $5000, $10,000 and above and are our constant supporters to do meaningful work at the grassroots level to empower communities in India.

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