Join us on Friday October 2, 2015 for the 11th Anniversary of DM Youth!
DM Youth is now accepting applications to for the 2015 DM Youth Leaders in the Communuity Scholarship. The DM Youth organizing committee yearly awards the “DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship” to a deserving individual within the GTA Hindu community. This scholarship will be a $1000 grant which will be given for the purposes of post secondary education.
Scholarship applications will be accepted from Southern Ontario students who are starting their first year of public post-secondary education in Canada (college or University) in September 2015
On Saturday November 15, 2014 , DM Youth hosted a bowling night at Neb’s Fun World in Oshawa, Ontraio. The event was a huge success, with almost forty participants who came out in support of the youth. There was a variety of people, adults and children alike, and everyone was able to participate and take turns bowling. Everybody had a very enjoyable experience, and there were fun times to be had throughout the night.
DM Youth’s event was able to convince individuals to leave their homes on a cold evening in order to join in this occasion, and the bowling night lived up to its’ expectations. It was a great evening of amusement, and an even better way of spending time with friends, and even make some new ones as a result!
Written by Natasha Seeram
PICKERING, ONTARIO – October 20, 2014 It was a special night at the Devi Mandir for Dev Ramkallie, a youth of the Mandir who grew up attending the Baal Vikaas classes every Sunday morning. He was the recipient of the DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship, a $1000 grant which is awarded to a deserving youth in the Hindu Community who has demonstrated academic excellence as well as community involvement.
Chad Shew, one of the organizing members of DM Youth who made the announcement at the Devi Mandir’s Annual Diwali Mela on October 18th, 2014 told the audience of over 300 people the achievements of Dev throughout high school.
“[He] was a member of numerous committees including: the student council, the anti-bullying committee, and the Eco-Schools committee. [He] is also a competitive baseball player at the rep. level, and was a coach for a minor league in Ajax.”
Dev is in his first year at the the University of Toronto, studying Political Science and International Relations. During his acceptance speech, Dev acknowledged the work of the founding members of DM Youth as well as the current organizers who make coming to the Devi Mandir a truly unique experience.
To date, DM Youth has awarded $8250 in scholarships to deserving youth at the Devi Mandir, a truly remarkable achievement by any Hindu youth organization throughout the Greater Toronto Area. This year DM Youth is celebrating 10 years of active community service and uniting Hindu Youth in the Devi Mandir.
“Its important that families today realize the importance of carrying on the traditions of our ancestors and maintaining the Hindu way of life in Canada,” said Shawn Binda one of the founding members of DM Youth. “DM Youth is one avenue to encourage youth to get involved within the community, meet other Hindu youth and form bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.”
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…)