ISKCON YOUTH SERVICES
Welcome to ISKCON Youth Services
ISKCON Youth Services (IYS) is the youth wing of ISKCON Pune Camp, aimed towards nourishing the hearts of today’s youth with the sublime message of the scriptures, helping them flourish in their lives in a wholesome manner. This is achieved by a number of initiatives like campus outreach, youth festivals, retreats and personal care and guidance by a team of experienced youth mentors.
What India is going through with its youth is not something new. This is exactly what America went through in its history in the 1960s. The youth, frustrated with the lives led by their parents, rejected and rebelled against the set standards of the society and formed rules of their own, by discarding and disowning their connections with their families and experimenting with drugs, alcohol and other dangerous addictions. This was also known as the ‘hippie’ movement.The youth, however, never got the answers to their questions and they went deeper and deeper into a blind, dark alley.
It is there that they suddenly saw light in the form of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a distinguished scholar and a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, who had stepped on to the shores of America. Over the next decade, he went about transforming the lives of these very youngsters, who were on the precipice of sunset to a new world of joy, happiness and devotion. This he did by revealing the ancient and timeless knowledge of a highly civilized society in the Vedic times, thereby also quashing some theories that the Vedas were meant for people of a particular time, place and nationality.
Role of IYS
Pune, formerly known as Poona, is widely regarded as the second major “IT hub of India” and the top “automobile and manufacturing hub of India”. It is known as the “Oxford of the East” with the presence of a wide range of educational institutions
However, as we now stand on the threshold of a new era, the youth of Pune city appear lost and confused.
Newspaper reports reveal increasing youth related crimes, a sad consequence of blind, hedonistic pursuits, championed by the modern society. Sadly, violence is now spilling out of the T.V screen into the homes and streets of Pune City. Complex lifestyles, failing family bonds, mushrooming of pubs and discotheques has resulted in disintegration of social and moral values.
Objective of IYS
- Equip youth with essential life skills through personality development seminars.
- Assist in their academic pursuits through tested study techniques & concentration methods.
- Enable them to develop ethical discrimination in critical circumstances as well as day to day decision making.
- Counseling and befriending to address the troubled and confused youth.
- Provide residential training to those interested in learning and practicing the art of meditation.
- Visit places of heritage and spiritual interest to deepen one’s connection with glory of Indian culture.