Welcome to Junior Asha team – Seattle Chapter

Junior Asha (JA) is the youth wing of Asha for Education – Seattle Chapter , and functions under its umbrella. Asha is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing about socio-economic change in India primarily through education. We pride ourselves on being an action group that disburses 100% of donations to our partner groups in India.

JA has been in existence since 2009. JA kids decided to adopt one of Asha’s projects, Adruta Childrens Home , as a project of choice to support with their fund raising efforts. 100% of funds raised are sent to Adruta Childrens Home! If you/your child plan to be in Orissa and can visit the facility, then that would be awesome!!

Given an appropriate opportunity, JA volunteers also support the local community by volunteering at non-Asha related events. In return, we get to talk about Asha’s cause, spread awareness, and help support our community.

With help from parents of JA volunteers, we make sure of adult presence/support at all events these kids participate in. Co-facilitators of JA always try their level best to be present on all occasions.

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Mission: Junior Asha – Seattle

Junior Asha strives to promise to provide:

  • A gentle and nurturing environment.
  • A flat organization run democratically.
  • JA volunteers are encouraged to bring in their ideas to create opportunities to raise funds, raise/spread awareness, bonding events for JA volunteers, help out in the local community, etc.
  • Note: We cannot use funds raised by JA volunteers for any other expense other than support the kids at Adruta Children’s Home.
  • Raise awareness and encourage kids with the gift of giving to the less fortunate.
  • Above all, have fun!
Volunteer Requirements for Junior Asha – Seattle

  • Kids 12 – 18 years old are welcome to join the group, with parent permission
  • New volunteers will be accepted at the beginning of each semester. Semesters are divided as follows: August through December and January through June. We have monthly meetings from August through June.
  • Meetings are generally on Sunday in Redmond Library. Dates will be announced with ample time to plan out weekends.
  • It is mandatory to attend at least 3 meetings from August through December and at least three from January to June.
  • It is mandatory to attend at least one of the first two meetings per semester.
  • You need to sign in and sign out at each meeting to get credit.
  • You may not be more than 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes early from a meeting to avoid disruptions—essentially, you can’t miss more than 15 minutes of any meeting.
  • As JA facilitators, we wait till all kids are picked up, so please be on time to pick up your children to avoid disruptions in our day.
  • Each volunteer needs to take up a personal project to help raise a minimum of $50 per school year to help support the kids in Adruta Children’s home.
  • You do not get volunteer hours for your personal project but if you help another volunteer, you can most definitely claim those hours towards your goal.
  • Each volunteer needs to earn a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer hours (between Aug. and June) by participating in opportunities provided. At least 6 hours need to be completed before December 31st.
  • JA volunteers are required to buy a JA T-shirt (designed by a few current and former team members) for about $9-$11.
Junior Asha Meeting Schedule

  • We have monthly meetings from August through June.
  • Meetings are generally on Sunday in Redmond Library. Dates will be announced with ample time to plan out weekends. Check this website for the latest schedule, which will be updated shortly.
  • It is mandatory to attend at least 3 meetings from August through December and at least three from January to June.
  • It is mandatory to attend at least one of the first two meetings per semester.
  • You need to sign in and sign out at each meeting to get credit.
Junior Asha – Events

Junior Asha volunteers participate in Seattle Art Musuem Annual Exhibition and volunteer for annual events hosted by Asha Seattle, like Geetanjali and AllGoRhythms. Our volunteers also train to run 5K and half marathon at Seattle Marathon every year to raise funds for Junior Asha. 20 of our Junior Asha volunteers man a water booth at Seattle marathon, as Asha Seattle is an offficial charity partner with Seattle Marathon Association.