South Asian Youth Action


Today, I had the opportunity to volunteer at SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action). SAYA! is a secular youth development center for South Asian youth. Through afterschool and summer programs, the organization gives South Asian youth the opportunities to reach their full potential. They run programs at six sites in and around Queens, New York.

When I visited, I was so impressed to see how efficient and dedicated the staff was to serving our youth. There were free SAT classes, dance classes, a library, basketball court and a computer lounge. The organization is truly doing a commendable job and they deserve a lot of praise. Judy and Ailea of SAYA! invited me to teach a fitness class and talk about health to a group of high school girls.

I had a lot of fun and it was so nice to be able to interact with all these bright and friendly girls. It was so nice to hear their goals of being doctors, nurses, lawyers and politicians.  After the fitness session, they had a dance class with Shruthi, a Columbia University student. The girls taught me a few steps of the dance they are rehearsing for SAYA!’s gala in October.

I hope they enjoyed my visit, I most certainly did.  For more information on how to participate visit

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