KOA Youth Corner

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OBJECTIVES

  • To establish KOA Youth with their Zonal Directors and Chapter Presidents.
  • To identify key initiatives that youth would like to undertake.
  • Create a database of youth with the help of youth representatives at zonal and chapter levels.
  • To identify need for regional youth camps.

ACTIVITIES

  • Meetings
    • Setup and invitations : prepares agenda, sets up google hangouts and youtube stream, sends invitation and makes sure of participation and smooth running of program.
    • Moderator : Makes sure the discussions are based on agenda. Takes questions from audience and addresses them
    • Minutes Master : Notes the action items and goes through them at the end of the session. Builds on previous action items.
    • Media advertiser : Publishes meetings well beforehand, advertises before/during/after event. Publishes the recordings, newsletter, minutes after session
  • Koshur (Zone 4 language lesson and Zone 7 monthly program)
    • Setup, invitations and moderator : Need one volunteer for each zone 4 and 7 to take ownership. takes questions and answers them online
    • Media advertiser
    • Video & audio expert : Need a volunteer to edit videos and equalize audio and place banners, text, title etc in the videos. Clip videos based on time and relevant content
  • Kath-e-Baath (Showcase youth talent, ideas and discussion)
    • Setup, invitations and host : Invite guest and guest’s friend, setup hangout/youtube stream
    • Prepare interview questions : Research and prepare questions
    • Video & audio expert 
    • Media advertiser 
  • Sharadapeeth (Religious lectures)
    • Setup, invitation and moderator: Invite and set-up appointment and youtube/hangout with religious speaker
    • Media advertiser
    • Video & audio expert
  • Kaar-Baar
    • Same as above

STATUS

As most of you guys know, on July 30th, we started a brand new Youth Wing under the KOA Banner.  We have been going strong ever since and we now have about 252 members on our Facebook page!! Kudos to all the members from our team who made this happen!!

Thanks to Simran Moza, Sahana Zutshi, Siddharth Razdan, Sumedh Raina, Nisha Quasba, Anuva Kachroo and Amrita Kar for moderating our meetings, taking notes, designing our banner, brainstorming and actively participating in all the Youth based activities. Thank You also to Sunil Fotedar, Mayga Sapru, Tanvi Wattal, Niketa Raina, Nisha Munshi, Ashwani Kaul, Rishik Dhar, Amit Kaul and Kashyap Kaul for all your valuable insights and for your active participation in our meetings!! Thank You to Raj Koul, Rishi Matoo, Sunil Fotedar,  Shakun Malik and all members of the present Board who were involved in the creative process of taking this Program off the ground!! A special and a biggggg Thank You to Sunil Fotedar for all your selfless service. Thank You especially for envisioning this Program and for all your efforts in getting this started!!

More details about what all has been done under this Initiative so far……..

Who we are?

Kashir Youth members….18-35 Years.

Why start this Initiative?

  • To start Youth based Programs at the Zonal and National Level
  • To enable the youth members from our Community take Leadership roles within the Community
  • To network and help each other out through Mentor Mentee programs
  • To hang out and have fun…The Kashir Youth Way!!

What have we done so far?

 KOA Youth Logo KOA Youth Reps & Current Programs (Nov 2016) – Introduction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Lu0oD2Ppo&app=desktop

Social Media Links

Koshur Language and Culture Lessons – Youth members from Zone 4 have been conducting Kashmiri Language and Culture classes in their Zone once every 3 months.

  • Koshur School #1 ~ Zone 4, August – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYPRvRikdN0
  • Koshur School #2 ~ Zone 4, November – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKOcXb7Ed44

List of Events:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/koayouth/events/?past

Meetings of the Minutes:

Sharadapeeth Lecture by intellectuals on History, culture, religion, heritage and language of Kashmir.

  • Sharadapeeth #1 ~ Sh Omanand Koul (Talk on Janamashtami & Pilgrimage to Amaranth Cave)
  • Sharadapeeth #2 ~ Sh Omanand Koul (Discussing Deepavali – Unique KP traditions)
  • Sharadapeeth #3 ~ Sh Bansi Pandit (Misrepresentation of Hinduism) – https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xavYVOmA9Cc
  • Sharadapeeth #4 ~ Sh Rakesh Kaul (The Last Queen of Kashmir) – https://goo.gl/hhMm5M
Kath-e-baath This is a chat show for KOA youth, showcasing talent of the Youth.

  • Kath-e-baath # 1 ~ Zooni Thusoo (Winner, Miss India Worldwide Canada 2016) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bypBt2V_sU4
  • Kath-e-baath # 2 ~ Vivek Pandit (Author, We are Generation Z) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-mVbbh-q7I
  • Kath-e-baath # 3 ~ Tanvi Wattal & Niteka Raina (Bezzant online magazine) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLW_2T3xO18
  • Kath-e-baath # 4 ~ Megha & Rashmi Koul (KOA achievement award winner 2016) – https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=tJgr3QbMoSs
Kaar-Baar

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Arti Fotedar

Maneesha Munshi

Maneesha was born in Sheetalnath, Srinagar and was there until the beginning of her 3rd grade. Post exodus, her parents; Ashok, Meena and sister, Aneesha moved to Hyderabad which eventually became their second Home. She has been in the United States since 2008. She is a Speech Language Pathologist and practices in San Jose.
She loves to travel, learn new cultures and languages, go to art shows and museums, and listen to Kashmiri and Native American music.
Maneesha was first elected to KOA Board of Directors in January of 2014 and has been the Director of Zone 9 since then.
Her passion for Kashmir started from seeing how her parents and grandparents longed to go to this place they once called ‘home’. She thinks that the youth with their enthusiasm and the elders with their experience can bring the community together and help every one of us stay connected to the land of our roots.
Her goal for KOA Youth is to identify the key initiatives that the Youth would like to undertake, to integrate youth activities within the existing structure of KOA and to continue to lay the foundations for the future leaders and office bearers of KOA.

NATIONAL YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES

Arti Fotedar

Arti Fotedar
Arti was born in Mumbai and moved to NY with her family when she was 3 and a half years old. They visited Kashmir a few years back for the first time since leaving in 1990, including their old home and many of the major sites. She loved it there! Her family has always been very involved in the KOA community and she used to attend many of the functions when she was younger. As a lawyer currently working in NYC, she is excited to meet more KP youth and learn more about Kashmiri language and culture. She would love to meet other KOA youth and attend/help plan events.

Sahana Zutshi

Sahana Zutshi
Sahana was originally born in Chandigarh, India and moved with her parents to the United States as a young girl. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and finished her Masters from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She is currently working at Bank of Montreal in New York City. She likes reading and swimming when she can, and is trying her hand at painting. Her passion with regards to Kashmir and KOA Youth is to resurrect our language so that our culture, our hopes and dreams, and our identity endures no matter where we are. She believes this is important for the future of our people.

Amrita Kar

Amrita Kar
Amrita was born in Kashmir and lived there for 5 years in Rainawari before moving to Bangalore during 1990 with her parents. Electrical engineer by profession and a Kashmiri at heart, majority of her career, she has worked for the Indian defense and Airbus Defence & Space as a RADAR engineer and currently working as a Senior Development Engineer for a medical device startup CurveBeam in Pennsylvania. Fluent in Kashmiri, she loves to sing koshur songs, travel, read, and EAT! Her vision for the KOA Youth is to have a tight knit and integrated community in North America. Her aim is to grow KOA Youth programs in a systematic and consistent way. She constantly strives to grow the volunteering team with bright and passionate youth members and brainstorm new ideas.

Nisha Quasba

Nisha Quasba
Nisha hails from Zone 4 (DMV area). As a kid, she has always been involved in her local events, gatherings, and celebrations. KOA has always been seen as family in her household, not just a community of friends. As a representative of the KOA Youth Initiative, she believes we have reached an important point in KOA’s lifetime where we need to assess the organization’s sustainability and future. The youth is the answer and she is glad to be given the opportunity to spearhead this new program. Things she is interested in working on are: creating an exclusive KOA youth summer weekend (“camp”), preserving Kashmiri language, and building a network of American-Kashmiri youth. On a local level, three young adults in Zone 4 (Komal Bazaz-Smith, Rishi Mattoo, Naeha Quasba) along with Nisha started “Kashmiri School” in 2013 where students come from the DMV area every 3 months for a 3 hour session filled with dialogue exchange, culture education, and exposure to Kashmiri history. They have started to live stream the sessions, so please do tune in. Nisha went to University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree and is now getting her Masters in Public Health at George Washington University in DC. She danced on UMD’s Bhangra team for 4 years and her love for the dance has only grown since!

Siddharth Razdan

Siddharth Razdan
Sidharth is a 2016 graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas and currently works in Round Rock, Texas with Dell Software. He loves organizing desi events ranging from weddings and graduations to dance competitions and conventions. He resides in Austin and loves playing sports, watching anime, eating food, and going outdoors. He has a strong connection to his Kashmiri culture thanks to his parents Sanjay and Pammy. His vision is to ultimately help develop life long bonds between Kashmiris throughout North America.

Somya Kaul

Somya Kaul
Somya originally hails from New Jersey, but currently attends a 7 year medical program in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Her goal for KOA youth is to rediscover our roots, connect with other KOA youth, and keep our culture alive. She believes she can help by contributing hervigor for keeping our beautiful culture alive and by spreading the Kashmiri Pandit influence in Southern Florida.

Nisha Munshi

Nisha Munshi
Having been born in Srinagar just two weeks after the infamous “KP Exodus Day” in 1990, Nisha has always yearned to know what life would be like had her family gotten the privilege to stay in Kashmir. She has visited once since and it was a truly amazing trip as she was able to experience the incredible land she has heard so many stories about. After her family immigrated to America when she was a baby, her family settled in Ohio and now she is an Internal Medicine resident in Cleveland, Ohio (Go Buckeyes/Cavs/Tribe!). She is excited to connect with KP youth, learn more about our culture, get involved in our community through various events, and to start a mentorship program. She can help teach Kashmiri and would love to help build a list of mentors nationwide/a mentorship program.

Simran Moza

Simran Moza
Simran is a Business Administration major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her exposure to and involvement in KOA began at a very young age, lending her a greater awareness for her cultural identity. She is very excited to contribute to the youth group, which she hopes will:
– provide a collaborative platform to reach our goals as a community (i.e., preserving the language)- be a place where people set aside private interests for the betterment of the community and the promotion of our heritage in society.

Kashyap Kaul

Kashyap Kaul
Kashyap is a Software Developer from Zone 10. He loves the beautiful year-round Californian summer. He lives in Los Angeles and loves the outdoors, which include activities like soccer, beach volleyball, skating and hiking. He also enjoys dancing and building projects that bring art and technology together. He has moved every 3-4 years of his life and would love to continue the trend going forward, picking up bits of culture and languages along the way, while trying to achieve proficiency in Kashmiri.