On September 20, 2014 DM Youth celebrated 10 years of uniting Hindu Youth in the Devi Mandir and the Hindu Community at large. Below is the keynote address presented by Chad Shew, one of the key organizing members of DM Youth
10 years. A lot can happen in ten years. A lot can change in ten years. Let’s all take a moment, each of us, and think about where we were ten years ago. Ten years ago I was a student in Grade 11. And ten years ago today, I had just found out about a new youth group. This youth group called themselves DM Youth, and they were based out of the Devi Mandir. Apparently the story goes that a bunch of youth realized one day, if Hindu youth could come together, there’d be no limit to what we could achieve. I must admit, they really were ambitious. Creating a new youth group from scratch is no easy task. In fact it takes tremendous dedication and an intense desire to bring people together.
Personally, I’m grateful that those youth planted that DM Youth seed. Over the last ten years we’ve seen DM Youth take roots and grow. And as it grew, friendships were made, lessons were learned, and memories created. Each of us here tonight has our own favourite memories of DM Youth. But for those of us who are fairly new to DM Youth, the memories are just beginning to be made. So allow me to take a few minutes to walk down us down memory lane.
The year is 2004. To put things in perspective this was some time ago, in fact: Gmail didn’t exist yet. Facebook didn’t exist yet. I know what you’re thinking, how on earth did we survive in this ancient time? Anyways, a new youth group launches on September 11 of that year (2004) with a huge gathering of Hindu youth at the Devi Mandir. The idea of creating a proud and vibrant community of Hindu youth is unveiled on that very day. Within two years, DM Youth successfully hosts a bowling night, as well as trips to the Toronto Zoo and the Canadian Museum of Hindu civilization. DM Youth then hosts a movie night showing Lagaan staring Amir Khan. In the process, DM Youth raises more than 600 lbs in food donations for the daily bread food bank. The online forum at DM Youth.com begins to grow, with dozens of posts going up daily. A year later, DM Youth hosts its first successful trip to Canada’s Wonderland, a first of many. (more…)
This morning at the Devi Mandir, DM Youth hosted a series of youth debates, challenging participants to think critically about issues that Hindus are facing in today’s society. Thank you to the great support for this event. The debate was stimulating and we hope you continue these type of activities to engage more members of our community.
Join us on March 29, 2014 for our Hindu Debate Session! No registration required!
Some of the topics up for discussion include:
Inter-Religious Relationships – Should a child follow Hinduism, or the ‘other’ religion?
Temple Worship – Is it necessary?
Gay Marriage – Acceptable in Hinduism?
Euthanasia vs Suicide in Hinduism
Divorce in Hinduism – YES OR NO
Evolutionary Theory vs. Hinduism’s Theory of Creation
Religious Hindus vs. Hindus that have become Atheists
Violence. Can it be justified based on Hindu views?
Does Bollywood have a positive effect on Hindus and Hinduism?
Do men and women they have different roles in Hinduism?
With your generous support, DM Youth is able to support and sponsor a child in India through Plan Canada. Please visit our our new section “Plan Canada” to find out more about this exciting initiative!
Below is the essay from the 2013 DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship winner – Ravin Dyal
The 21st century is an era of great technological and scientific development throughout the entire world. In North American society people’s lives are consumed with going to work, paying bills, going to school, and trying to have moments of relaxation. With such busy schedules many do not devote any time to religion. When looking at Satya Sanatan Dharma, or Hinduism, some people, especially youth, find having time for it challenging because the importance of this dharma is questioned. With a belief system that has been established for thousands of years, with no date of origin, and no single creator, the question arises, how can such beliefs still be relevant to modern society? Through breaking down Hinduism to some of its basic beliefs, analyzing few of its scientific applications, and understanding the identity it gives to all Hindus, the reasons for how Hinduism is relevant to our lives can be determined. (more…)
Congratulations to Ravin Dyal on winning the DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship for 2013. The announcement was made at Desi Explosions 2K13 on Saturday November 30, 2013. Ravin is a dynamic and dedicated volunteer at the Devi Mandir and this scholarship could not have gone to a more deserving individual.
On November 30th, 2013 DM Youth hosted its annual talent show, Desi Explosions 2K13. It was an evening filled with dances, entertainment and wonderful singing all done by youths of the Mandir and the surrounding community. With your generous support DM Youth was able to raise $1400 to support our charitable initiatives such as sponsoring a child in India as well as funding the DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship. To all the performers, keep up the great work. To the teachers who dedicate your time an energy into teaching, thank you for everything that you do. To all the youth volunteers, all of you made the program run smoothly, efficiently and on time. To the parents, thank you for helping in the kitchen to prepare food and refreshments for everyone. Thank you and we hope to have your participation and support next year for Desi Explosions 2K14!
Congratulations to Ravin and Reshme Dyal on winning the Sanatana Dharma Scholarships (Canada) awarded over the weekend at the Hindu Mandir Executive Conference (HMEC) held in Mississauga. Ravin and Reshme are both youth that attend Devi Mandir (Pickering) and are active particpants in DM Youth activities. Our congratulations are also extended to Akriti Pandey for also being another winner of the Sanatan Dharma Scholarships (Canada)
Ravin & Reshme Dyal accepting their awards for the Sanatan Dharma Scholarships. (Left to Right, Akriti Pandey, Reshme Dyal, Ravin Dyal)
DM Youth is re-energizing, re-vitalizing and revamping everything! The first step is the website and we hope everyone likes the new design.
Stay tuned for new and exciting things to come from DM Youth!