Chinmaya youth program is called Chinmaya Yuva Kendra or 'CHYK' open for youth (18-30 years) & Junior Chinmaya Yuva Kendra or 'JCHYK' (Open to High school kids (14-17 years)
"It is far more relevant for young people to understand the purpose of life and how to live rather than contemplating life’s big questions in old age when life has largely passed us by" - Swami Chinmayanandaji
CHYKs all over unanimously agree that Vedanta gives them the tools to live life with equipoise and confidence, enabling them to awaken and channel our inherent energy.
That is because at its heart, Vedanta questions the purpose of life and through logic, indicates how the contentment we universally seek lies within. Vedanta is the philosophical core of the Bhagavad Geeta and Upanishads. Its principles however, are timeless and universal, and can benefit anyone from any background when applied.
Harnessing Youth Potential through Dynamic Spirituality
CHYK Mission Statement
To empower youth with the vision, values, and dynamism for success in all fields.
The CMA JCHYK program is open to high schoolers (grades 9-12).
The JCHYK sessions held every other week are a forum for planning & executing various JCHYK initatives throughout the year. In the past JCHYKs have coordinated workshops, camps, events as well as several service projects.
YEARLY CMA JCHYK EVENTS:
Yuva Rhythms Show:
Yuva Rhythms is a series of albums featuring shlokas & bhajans set to innovative & new age melodies & rhythms entirely composed, arranged & performed by talented CHYKs all over the US.
The CMA Yuva Rhyhms (YR) show is a live performance of the tracks by the YR CHYKS.
This show is staged over 2 days (Sat & Sun afternoon). Running for about 2 hours, it contains a short presentation by the JCHYKs and a small 15 min segment featuring to talented JCHYK singers & musicians.
All tasks related to the show (flyers & brochures, website updates, publicity, ticket sales, emceeing, stage presentations, food, etc.) are coordinated & executed by the JCHYKs.
The divine music of the YR tracks truly uplifts the young & old alike and it also gives the JCHYKs a great opportunity to learn & showcase many different skills.
Yuva Rhythms(live) at CMA
Yuva Connect- "Connect, motivate, transform"
Yuva Connect is CMA's own JCHYK event, an uniquely motivating and transforming forum that brings youth within & outside CMA together.
2016 was the first year that Yuva Connect (YC) was launched and it was quite successful. YC broadly has 4 components viz. 1) Ice breakers & games, 2) Guest speakers, 3) Youth debate/discussions & 4) hands on activity/workshop, all based a specific theme chosen.
This is an half day event open to all youth within & outside of CMA. The JCHYKs coordinate all tasks related to this event (picking the theme, flyer & program brochures, website updates, Guest speaker selection, games, activites planning & execution, food, decorations, etc.).
Needless to say, not only do the JCHYKs learn a lot of important life skills in coordinating such an event, but truly get an opportunity to connect, motivate & transform themselves & others.
Yuva Baal seva day
This is a half day session where JCHYKs teach, play games & coordinate various activities for kids (prek - 8th)
Service projects: JCHYKs help out the community within & outside CMA through various service projects.
CMA JCHYK event calendar:
March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hanuman Jayanti puja & Sunderkand Path
April 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Chinmaya Tej walkathon for CORD
April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS