Dilroop Kaur - 2011 LDP Participant

“This program provided me the most inspiring and valuable weekend of my life. I have developed insights which I will take throughout my life”

Jaywin Singh - 2011 LDP Participant

“I came with an open mind and left completely inspired. Most importantly though, I have 16 other young leaders who I can call family”

Meet the Inaugural Class

In 2011 we held our first Leadership Development Program (LDP). From a large pool of applicants, SALDEF selected 17 highly talented and accomplished young Sikh Americans from around the country for six days of leadership training, self-exploration, and development in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA.

Watch: Slideshow of Part I of the program (Washington, DC)

Watch: Slideshow of Part II of the program (Los Angeles, CA)

LDP is designed to inspire, train, and support a diverse, motivated, and entrepreneurial group of young Sikh leaders as they prepare for a lifetime of community engagement and leadership. The purpose of this opportunity is to empower Sikh American youth in becoming effective leaders committed to exploring and realizing both their personal potential and that of the Sikh American community.

The attendees participated in a series of activities aimed to help identify their passion, recognize their strengths, and build a stronger sense of identity while building a national network of emerging young leaders. The program provided training and skills for participants to improve public speaking, explore non-traditional career paths and network with leaders in the community.

Applications for the 2017 #LDP6 cohort are now closed. Please check here in late 2017 for next year’s class. For the latest from SALDEF and SikhLEAD, please “Like” our our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.