University student wins Citizen of the Year Award January 25, 2018

Karanveer Singh being honored by (VBRC) Director – Mark Schott and (VBRC) President Nick Colanzi, at the Mansion, Voorhees.

Karanveer Singh was nominated and honored by the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club (VBRC) – Rotary International, with the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, Voorhees, NJ. A banquet was organized and held by VBRC at the Mansion in Voorhees, NJ on January 25, 2018 in honor of all the nominated honorees in various categories.

The banquet was attended by over a 100 people from all walks of life including CEO’s of local companies, Mayor Michael Mignogna, Chief of Police Louis Brody, and many others dignitaries from Southern New Jersey. Nearly two dozen members from the Sikh community and important members from the Pine Hill Gurdwara, NJ came out to honor and support the young college student being honored.

Karanveer Singh is a sophomore at Rutgers University, pursuing a Political Science Major with minors in Psychology and National Security. His passion for stepping outside the safety of his home to engage with and also help people began at a young age. Karanveer credits two reasons for this; his Sikh Faith and his involvement with the Cub/Boy Scouts programs.

His life is community service oriented, whether that is as small as picking up trash in his neighborhood, or raising $16,000 for the Susan G.Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

(L-R) Amrik Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Bhagwant Singh, Jagraj Singh, Mohinder Singh and Bajinder Singh

In his junior year at Eastern Regional high School, Karanveer developed a capstone project to highlight bullying of Sikh American children and to address the psychological impact of bullying on a child. Talking to his mentor and teachers, he gained confidence that he could take it to the next level and turned this project into a book, ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’ www.bullyingsikhamericanchildren.org . Little did he know that publishing this book would put him on a path of becoming a community and anti-bullying activist? Since publishing, he has spoken at over 35 venues (conferences, schools, Gurdwaras). What has continued to motivate him to speak up about bullying is the fact that Sikh American (identifiable) students are bullied twice the national average.

(L-R) Partap Singh, Karanveer Singh, Savdeep Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Kawaljit Singh and Mayor Mignogna

In the future, Karanveer anticipates going to law school to connect his passions for social justice and community service to his career. He interned with US Senator Corey Booker and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald. Karanveer will continue to be there for everyone and he hopes to be in a position one day which will allow him to do so at a much larger scale.

(L-R) Jaswinder Singh, Baljinder Singh, Karnail Singh, Dharamvir Singh & Karanvir Singh

In the future, Karanveer anticipates going to law school to connect his passions for social justice and community service to his career. He has interned with US Senator Corey Booker and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald. Karanveer will continue to be there for everyone and he hopes to be in a position one day which will allow him to do so at a much larger scale.

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