Dr.Jasmeet Kaur(L), Manbir Singh (M) and Mrs. Taran Kaur (R) with the winners of the SYS competition
The American Sikh Council (ASC) Vice-President Dr. Manbir Singh has been regularly holding the local and regional Sikh Youth Symposiums for over two decades at the local gurdwaras in the greater Bakersfield area in California.
These public speaking competitions are held for Sikh American youth from the ages of 6 – 22 years. The format covers Sikh religion, history and current issues impacting the Sikh children and the Panth. These public speaking competitions have been held for over three decades empowering thousands of Sikh American children by teaching them their heritage while increasing their self confidence to navigate the real world, so that they can be proud of their religious identity.
Over 1,500 Sikh American youth participate in these competitions nationwide annually, which has produced some phenomenal speakers who have gone on to win national level debate competitions among their regular peers and won fantastic scholarships.
Dr. Jasmeet Kaur with a young participant
Dr. Jasmeet Kaur a physician who is contesting the election from Bakersfield area for state assembly is also a product the Sikh Youth Symposium.
Two former notable stars are Serene Singh from Colorado Springs, CO and Jagatjit Singh from West Des Moines, Iowa, both former national level champions who are also stellar students at their respective universities. These role models continue to inspire others through their journey which got started in many ways at the Sikh Youth Symposiums out of the various gurdwaras across our nation.
Several members of ASC also continue to volunteer for over twenty years, helping organize the same competition at other gurdwaras and venues across the country. This year’s national program is taking place from August 4 – 7 2022, in Detroit MI.
Dr. Manbir Singh continues to do great sewa not only locally in Bakersfield but also nationally to engage youth and protect the Sikh heritage at various levels.
Parents with their young participants at the SYS competition