YJA conventions are organized and hosted every two years for over 600 Jain youths, aged 14–29, from across the globe. Each convention is organized by a team of 30-35 individuals – students and young professionals – from across North America. The goal of each convention is to create a space for Jain youth to be inspired: it is a unique opportunity for us to explore and deepen our understanding of our faith by learning from our peers, leaders in our community, and a diverse range of guest speakers.
YJA conventions are divided into three main tracks:
- High School
- Jain Networking Forum (JNF) (ages 21-29)
Attendees are able to select their track based on their age and current status in school, ensuring they have access to sessions and activities most relevant to them. Each convention’s Daytime Programming and Social events tie together the overall theme, and the unique experiences and memories of convention result in lifelong friendships and communities. By interacting with attendees of all ages, youth get to see how Jainism is a source of support and guidance in various phases of their life.
Hospitality and Social Programming
Jain Networking Forum
JNF programming further tailors the convention experience, aiming to foster professional and relationship development. All JNF programming allows attendees the opportunity to meet a variety of individuals through interactive sessions and unique social events, while creating lasting connections with individuals who are successful in a variety of careers.
To create a safe and open environment for everyone, we expect that all convention attendees conduct themselves in a polite, professional manner. We also enforce a strict dress code during each convention in order to foster a professional image. Our dress code is use to promote a more productive, enjoyable social environment, while maintaining a high level of respect for speakers. We also could not conduct convention successfully without our adult volunteers. Any amount of time, from four hours to the length of the entire convention, helps us to provide the best experience possible for attendees!
|1994||First||Chicago, IL||Region and Culture: Learning For Tomorrow|
|1996||Second||San Francisco, CA||Jainism: Integrating Philosophy & Practice|
|1998||Third||Houston, TX||Jainism: Back to Basics|
|2000||Fourth||Los Angeles, CA||Four Day's Journey into The Self|
|2002||Fifth||Mahwah, NJ||Walking the Path of Jainism|
|2004||Sixth||Santa Clara, CA||YJAin? To See, To Know, To Realize|
|2006||Seventh||Stamford, CT||Jain Evolution: Making Our Life Our Message|
|2008||Eight||Lincolnshire, IL||Generation Jain: Jainism Your Way|
|2010||Ninth||New Brunswick, NJ||Inspire. Connect. Do the Jain Thing.|
|2012||Tenth||Tampa, FL||iJain: Evolution of a Mind|
|2014||Eleventh||Arlington, VA||Young Jains: Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders|
|2016||Twelfth||Los Angeles, CA||Young Jains: Agents of Change|
|2018||Thirteenth||Rosemont, IL||Reconnecting With Our Roots|