Delving into Sikh literature has long been the avenue with which Sikhs augment their knowledge and understanding of Sikh principles and history. Often used as an adjunct to the study of Gurbani, reading various works on history, philosophy and principles has allowed Sikhs to connect with and gain a greater understanding of the Guru. The SYANA Sikh youth symposium strives to foster this dedication and passion to learning amongst our Sikh youth.

Open to all youth ages 6-22, the symposium offers an opportunity for Sikh youth to engage with Sikh literature, spend time with their families discussing various topics and then present their new found knowledge in the setting of their local sangats.

Those who are successful in securing first place at their local chapters are advanced to a regional event where the winners are then presented at the annual International gathering. While public speaking and a friendly spirit of competition are also critical components of the Symposium, the greatest success is in targeting Sikh youth to become passionate about self-learning.

Those who participate in this event will invariably walk away with greater knowledge, a deeper understanding and hopefully a thirst to continue learning about our great heritage.

2019 Symposium Announcements & Documents


May 1, 2019

Dear Regional Winner Khalsa Ji

Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji ki Fateh!

The 2019 International Sikh Youth Symposium under the aegis of the Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA) will be held from Thursday, August 1st to Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at the Guru Nanak Society Gurdwara Sahib, Cincinnati located at 4394 Tylersville Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 with a Special program in honor of the Regional Winners on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati N – West Chester, 5800 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069.

You and your family members are hereby invited to attend and participate in the International Sikh Youth Symposium. Being the winner of your group at the Regional level, you will be requested to deliver your speech either on August 2nd or on August 3rd morning at the Guru Nanak Society Gurdwara Sahib. You and your parents are requested to attend the Special Program that is being given in honor of all the Regional Winners with our compliments. Any additional members of your family and friends are welcome to attend this event by paying a nominal fee.

Please fill in the 2019 Int’l SYS Family Registration form online here: and submit the completed form right away but no later than June 20, 2019.

Feel free to call me at (419) 450-0695 or email me at for any further questions and/or clarifications.

We expect you to arrive in Cincinnati on August 1, 2019. Register yourself at the registration desk located at the Guru Nanak Society Gurdwara Sahib, Cincinnati, 4394 Tylersville Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. A detailed program of the event will be handed over to you at that time. We shall highly appreciate if you attend the entire program. The concluding program will begin on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9:00AM with Gurbani Kirtan by the Symposium participants and end with prize distribution at 12:30 PM. You may schedule your return flights any time after the conclusion of the program preferably between 12:30PM and 6PM.

  • If you are planning to stay at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati N – West Chester, 5800 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, Ohio may book your room by contacting them directly at (513) 874-2744 no later than June 20, 2019. Identify yourself as a member of “Int’l Sikh Youth Symposium group” in order to get a special discounted rate of US $112.00 per room/ night plus taxes. You may have to pay a substantially high rate/night after June 20, 2019. Breakfast will be available at the Hotel reception room as well as at the Gurdwara Sahib. If you are coming by air, please schedule your flight to arrive at the CVG (Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky) International Airport on Thursday, August 1st between 2 and 10PM. Our Transportation team has made arrangements for your pick up from the CVG Airport and take you to the Gurdwara Sahib and/or Holiday Inn Hotel.
  • If you have arranged your stay with your friends or relatives in the Cincinatti area, please do let us know their name, address and phone number so that we may be able to reach you if and when needed. Make sure your friends or relatives drop you at and pick you up from the Gurdwara Sahib on time.

We would like to post your speech as the 2019 Souvenir on SYANA web page. You may either email a copy of your speech to or bring it with you on a USB to be handed over at the Registration Desk.

We will look forward to see you on the 1st day of August.

With best wishes for the Charhdi Kala of Khalsa Panth

In the service of Guru Panth
Yours brotherly,

Kuldeep Singh

cc All Conveners

2019 Symposia Announcement Letter (Revised)
2019 SYS Registration form
Judging Presentation
 Latest Guidelines For Judges
 2019 Symposium Questions (Groups 1 to 4)
2019 Symposium Questions (Group 5)

Download Books Below

Download ਸਾਕਾ-ਚਮਕੌਰ (Punjabi) here.

Download ਸਾਕਾ-ਚਮਕੌਰ (English) here.

Download Sikh Sakhis for the Youth (English): here.

Download The Message of Gurbani (English) here.

Download The Turban (English) here.

Symposium Regions

# Region Regional Director Contact Information
1 Bakersfield Manbir Singh
2 Connecticut & Massachusetts Kawaljit Singh
3 Dallas Hardeep Kaur
4 Georgia, Alabama & Tampa Ranjit Singh
5 Ontario Harjinder Singh
6 Michigan Daljeet Singh
7 Midwest Navneet Kaur
7 N.C. & S.C. Savinay Pal Singh
8 New Jersey & New York Arvind Kaur
9 Niagra Falls Amarjit Singh
10 Ohio Harjinder Singh
11 Renton Jasmit Singh
12 Seattle Jasbir Kaur
13 Toronto Indermohan Singh

To join or start a new region email us at:

International SYS Speeches