JIA will start with a series of virtual meetings before Convention, where teams will identify a problem in our Jain communities and work together to develop and test their solution. Along the way, they’ll learn collaborative problem solving techniques that can be used in any field, to solve any kind of problem. They’ll be guided by experienced mentors
who will cover human centered design, brainstorming and design thinking techniques, prototyping and presentation strategies, and more. At Convention, they’ll have the opportunity to collaborate in person
and showcase their ideas to the broader convention audience! After Convention, we will connect teams with community leaders and stakeholders interested in helping bring their ideas to life.
We are looking for Jain youth coming to YJA Convention in the College and JNF
age range who are interested in creatively solving problems in the Jain community. No prior experience
in social impact competitions, design or entrepreneurship is required
(though it will certainly be helpful!).
The JIA Admin Team will review all applications and create teams by taking into account factors such as participants’ areas of expertise, interests, and locations. We will work to put together teams in which each individual participant brings something to the table and has something to learn from their teammates!
All teams will make a final presentation to their fellow JIA participants at Convention. The top three teams as determined by the mentor panel will present in front of the entire Convention audience and a panel of judges
and make the case for their idea! The top team will win the opportunity to bring their project to life
with YJA’s support - we’ll connect you with relevant stakeholders and mentors, as well as monetary support if relevant that corresponds to a project plan
developed by your team. Your project will also be featured in Jain Digest, which gets mailed to over 15,000 readers nationwide, and in Young Minds!