Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for adults aged 18-40 that has been offered every summer for 17 years. Through the lens of bani, tvarikh (history), and rahit (code), participants are offered an intense two-week immersion into the Sikh culture, language, and values that allow them to develop the skills required to be leaders in their communities and workplaces.
In 2021, Sidak will be held from July 25 – August 7, 2021, in Mission, BC, Canada.
As a Sikh leadership development program, Sidak holds enormous educational and experiential value for its participants that is no less than transformational. Participants learn to think and act like a Sikh in an open environment where no question is sacred or profane.
Over the years Sidak has come to be recognized as a prominent avenue for young adults and professions to develop leadership skills and further their self-development, from many countries like the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. It has immense potential to transform and propel the young generation to take up leadership roles in the community.
Sidak has trained over 400 graduates in the past 17 years. Many of them have gone on to acquire leadership roles in the community:
- Ami Kaur Dang (musician and multimedia artist)
- Charandeep Singh (founder of The Sikh Food Bank & Executive Sikhs of Scotland)
- Gunjiv Singh “Baagi” (musician and rapper)
- Jagmeet Singh “Hoodini” (musician and rapper)
- Jaskaran Kaur (Co-founder and Co-director, ENSAAF)
- Jasmeet Singh “Jus Reign” (internet superstar)
- Jasmine Kaur (former Program Associate, ENSAAF)
- Manbeena Kaur (former Education Director, Sikh Coalition)
- Narvir Singh (filmmaker)
- Manjinder Singh (Harvard Medical School)
- Guntaas Kaur (VP British Columbia, World Sikh Organization)
- Ryan Singh Kohli (human rights lawyer)
- Sonny Singh Brooklywala (musician, writer, activist)
Besides our core courses in Sikhi, sessions on leadership development and community building round out the Sidak experience. All of these courses are taught by Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) team, including staff, board members, and volunteers who make the trip to Sidak on their own personal time. The bonds that Sidakers form with their instructors and other students inspire them towards education and activism long after the program allows them to infuse the Sikh spirit into their future goals and successes.
A program like Sidak requires huge human and financial capital to run. It also happens to be the most subsidized program at SikhRI, with up to 80% of participants requesting financial assistance or a fee waiver. Sidak program fee only partially covers the overall program cost, which includes amongst other things, volunteer and instructor travel expenses, lodging, meals, supplies, etc.
Many of the participants are not able to make it unless granted full or partial fee waivers. Your gift allows a young adult to spend two weeks immersed in the beauty of Sikhi— becoming more confident in their understanding of Gurbani, more comfortable in the roots, history, and foundations of Sikhi. It is up to us to make sure that each young Sikh adult who aspires to be a part of this unique two weeks learning experience to get a chance to do so and make for a more introspective Sikh and possibly a leader of tomorrow.
We appeal to you to generously donate to the project to make it a success. We hope that the Dasvandh Network sangat will look at Sidak favorably and support it wholeheartedly. With this campaign, we wish to raise $10,000 for fee sponsorships.
We leave you with relevant information on Sidak, including an overview of Sidak, respective track information, testimonials, and stories written by Sidak alumni speaking of their experience at Sidak.
Sidak – Introduction: