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Are you “privileged”?

April 26, 2010

Before getting to our question of the day, check out our pal Ruchira at Accidental Blogger, who’s holding an online fundraiser for Save-a-Mother!

So, are you privileged?  How do you define privilege?  South Asians are the wealthiest ethnic minority in the U.S. and among the most financially stable in Canada.  How does this impact our community’s philanthropy?  Our individual philanthropy?

We’ve been in contact with the folks at YES!, which does work with young social entrepreneurs.  They hold a workshop for young people of privilege who want to make a difference.  The facilitator/organizer, Shilpa Jain, is South Asian, and they’ve had several young South Asians participate.  Here’s the info:

Leveraging Privilege for Social Change (LPSC) Jam

July 25 – August 1, 2010, Ben Lomand, CA

Unleashing all that we are, and all that we have, on behalf of all that we love…

The LPSC Jam connects, inspires and collaborates with self-identified privileged young change-makers for a week of personal exploration, community building and skills-sharing. We take time to explore our personal histories, race, class, sexual and gender identities – learning how and where they intersect with our lives, our community and our world. We collectively seek to leverage our learning and to translate it into meaningful actions in our individual lives that can ripple out into the world.

Jam participants come from a range of backgrounds.  Past participants have included young inheritors, musical artists, athletes, philanthropy professionals, donor organizers, non-profit leaders, actors, authors and entrepreneurs.  Within this diversity, Jam participants share a sense of privilege and a common intention to use what they have to better our society in some way.

If you are willing to share honestly about your own life journey, engage with peers for learning and growing further, and value slowing down and taking time to reflect on change at all levels, the Jam is right for you.  Our goal is to expand the vision and effectiveness of the young people who will help to shape the new Millennium and help them grow into a lifetime of service.  To learn more, or apply on-line, visit — or contact facilitator/organizer, Shilpa Jain, at shilpa AT swaraj DOT org.

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