New White House Initiative Brings Hope to Disadvantaged Youth

Courtesy: J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo
Courtesy: J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

WASHINGTON DC, USA—On February 28th, 2014, President Obama unveiled his, “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, which focuses on helping every disadvantaged youth find opportunities. Boys, and young, men of color, who are willing to work hard, will now have a new pipeline for mentor-ship, support networks, and skills. The Sikh community, in particular, is encouraged to partner with local businesses, and organizations, to help the next generation of Sikhs go to college, and find good jobs. The initiate happens to coincide with young Sikhs involved in gang activity, in neighborhoods and cities, such as Richmond Hill, Queens, and Vancouver, B.C.

UNITED SIKHS has been working with Sikh community members who have asked for help to bring positive influences to the youth in their community.  While continuing to build a strong partnership with the parents of youth, and their respective communities, it is also important for Sikh leaders to engage young Sikhs across the U.S.A. and Canada. This is an issue of national importance. UNITED SIKHS believes every child deserves a chance and will continue to engage in dialogue to assure that Sikh youth stay on the right path to reach their full potential.

As President Obama noted in his speech, “They never gave up on me, and so I didn’t give up on myself.” This is the notion we need to instill in the youth facing obstacles in our community.

If you would like to get involved, please contact United Sikhs at [email protected] or call 646-688-3525.


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