Youth is a stage in human development when the personality is bursting with energy, enthusiasm and dynamism. This is also a phase in life when receptivity and retentivity are at the optimum. What they require is a clear vision of a goal in life and exercises for the cultivation of the right values of life to enable them to mould their personality and harness their inner resources along constructive channels. This systematic preparation alone can equip the youth to face the challenges of life with a smile.
- Swami Chinmayananda
This essential training of youth for leadership in life is being successfully accomplished through the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) – the Global Youth Wing of Chinmaya Mission.
The Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) came into being in May 1975 as an offshoot of the week-long teenagers' camp organised by Chinmaya Mission, Bangalore during a Geeta Gnana Yagna session there. This new venture into the delicate world of the volatile youth is the outcome of the sustained interest shown by a small number of inspired youngsters towards “Vedanta” as a Science of Personality Development and Human Potential and pioneered, interpreted and elucidated by Poojya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda.
Regular, weekly study classes on various texts written by Swami Chinmayananda or other spiritual Masters like Adi Sankara, Valmiki, Veda Vyasa, etc. Study classes are for a duration of one hour and includes discussions on relevant topics to youth like career, relationships, leadership, etc.
Themed camps with adventure activities and explorations to places of national, scientific and cultural heritage. The camps are facilitated by monks of the Chinmaya Mission and the sessions are coordinated by sevaks of the Yuva Kendra. Our locations range from Bali in Indonesia to Manipur in the North East and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir.
Bungee jumping, white-water rafting, rapelling, trekking, fire-walk… it’s all a part of how we learn and grow together!
Service is paramount to evolution as a CHYK. We undertake regular seva at temples, hospitals, and other community places.
Movie workshops, public speaking, theatre, Hindu culture… our fun-filled and inspired workshops leaves everybody wanting for more. CHYK Chennai also volunteers to conduct lifeskills workshops in schools.
Stage and street plays have been a central part of CHYK Chennai in taking the vision of Hinduism and nation-building to the public. Our plays have been staged across the country and even abroad- Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, etc. The topics have ranged from Kamba Ramayana, Death, Lord Surya, Campus life, Bharatiyar, and so much more
CHYK Chennai constantly endeavours to package the dynamism of Hinduism into books, musicals, bhajans, dance shows and short videos. If you are an Editor, Designer, Actor, Dancer, Singer, Set producer… we have a role for you!
This is only a glimpse of the year long and decades-long list of endeavours undertaken by us. To fully experience the #ChykLife, join us!
CHYK Chennai is home to a buzzing group of youngsters constantly engaged in activities to learn, serve and grow. We are a team of well-established professionals, students and freelance artists, across varying demographic sections. This is could be the platform that you have been looking for all your life… join us!
There are 20 Yuva Kendra classes happening currently, part online and partly in person. The contact numbers of the coordinators are +919176994567 & +919841799084. Alternatively, register via this form.
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