Sikh Youth Calgary was developed in 2005 by individuals who differ in perspectives, lifestyles, and come from different principles, but have a common goal of volunteering and making a difference in the community. Some of the members are students, some are working professionals, but all are the future of our community. At the initial meeting of SYC, six individuals were voted to become Core members of this group to provide resources and input in the management of different events. In 2013, SYC held various events and fundraised over $40,000 for different programs, including Walking Away Hunger, Light the Night Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Walk, Hotshots Hockey, and many more.
SYC Mentorship Program
While events and fundraising initiatives have been successful, the SYC Mentorship Program is the first independently run SYC project. The program was established in January 2009 through an effort of SYC to foster a continuing relationship between students and working professionals. The SYC Mentorship Program was developed to build personal ability and responsibility amongst youth and professionals. The program is aimed at taking charge of our own community by infusing it with positive role models, confidence, and a network made up of strong individuals. The program involves mentors periodically meeting with their mentees to show them the inner workings of the professional world. The mentors provide mentees with information on their careers, schools and the day-to-day job requirements. The program works to break down barriers and strengthen communication between different generations of individuals through support in reaching their full potential.