In His divine discourse during the Sathya Sai World Youth Conference in 1997, Sri Sathya Sai Baba exhorted, “As future citizens of the world, the youth should awaken to their noble heritage and honor their sacred duty to promote the welfare, progress, and peace of the world.” On 14th January 2000, Baba proclaimed, “The youth of today are the future leaders of the nation and architects of the new society. The future of a nation depends on its youth. The primary duty of the youth is to render service to society. The physical and mental strength of the youth is the foundation on which a nation is built.”
In 2007, at the conclusion of the third Sathya Sai World Youth Conference, Sri Sathya Sai Baba blessed an important initiative in the development and integration of the Global Sai Young Adults Program, within the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization (SSSIO). One of the important roles was to provide opportunities for Sai Young Adults to interact and learn from senior officers and members of the SSSIO so that the Sai Young Adults of today will be ready to become leaders in the future.
Continuing the steady evolution of the Sai Young Adults Programs, the Sri Sathya Sai International Leadership Program for Sai Young Adults (SSSILP) began formal development in 2014 with the first training modules in February 2015.
The SSSILP provides standardized leadership training to Sai Young Adults from all over the world, based on Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings. It consists of nine modules. The modules cover the foundations for leadership in the SSSIO, starting with the life and teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba; an overview of the SSSIO; and the structure and function of the different wings of the SSSIO.
Other modules focus on fundamentals of spirituality as it relates to leadership, based on Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Mahavakya or great instruction, “To Be, To Do, and To Tell”. As part of the training, Sai Young Adults are also equipped with other key skill sets, such as loving and effective communication, team dynamics, project management, self-transformation and meeting the various challenges faced by Sai Young Adults, while nurturing the next generation of leaders.
Out of the nine modules, six are online, one per month, culminating in a four-day residential course in Prasanthi Nilayam, although since 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has also been online. A critical requirement of the program is the completion of an internship wherein students engage in an extended period of practicing the key learnings from the program.
So far, over 1,400 Sai Young Adults from 47 countries have graduated. The 2021 intake is now closed.
All National & Deputy National Young Adults Coordinators, National and Regional Young Adult Advisors and Young Adults currently serving in any leadership role in the SSSIO are strongly encouraged to participate in the SSSILP.
If you would like further information, please contact SSSILP@sathyasai.org or your Zone Young Adults Coordinator.