22+ Programming (22+) aims to help young Jains between the ages of 22-29 grow professionally, spiritually, and personally while giving them the tools to cultivate positive change in their own communities. Through our programming, we hope to provide attendees a unique chance to challenge their thinking and develop professional goals via interactive daytime sessions and networking opportunities. Additionally, our evening events will allow attendees to relax, mingle, and have an unforgettable experience at #yja2022! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We’re excited to see y’all in Dallas this July!

22+ Programming Highlights

  • Return of the popular 22+ only keynote address! There are also many 22+ only sessions which will cater to your personal and professional developmental needs.
  • Bringing back a Professional Networking hour with speakers and other industry professionals. In addition, we have incorporated numerous opportunities to meet new people during daytime sessions, such as our Seva and 22+ Connections Events!
  • Unique, engaging, and fun nighttime events with Around the World ice breakers, our classy Parisian Sunset soiree, and our Mystery on the Seine formal dinner designed to facilitate meaningful connections!

Convention Keynote Speaker

Chhavi Verg

Chhavi Verg was born in India and raised in New Jersey, where she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Marketing. During her sophomore year of college, Chhavi became Miss New Jersey USA 2017 and went on to placing First Runner-Up at the Miss USA competition in May 2017. Since then, Chhavi has become an advocate for women’s rights and a representative for South Asians in the fashion, entertainment, and creative spheres. As a well-known and talented model, actress, dancer, and speaker, she has been featured in music videos, on billboards, in magazines, as well as in various online publications and commercials.

Embark on a voyage with Chhavi to navigate unknown waters in pursuit of your professional aspirations. Chhavi will reflect on her career as a South Asian model, actress, and dancer, and shed light into personal experiences that have defined her journey. Her talk will include a candid introspection on ways in which her path has been both fulfilling and not, as well as her take on the various ethical, moral, and spiritual dilemmas she's encountered along the way. You'll leave this session with a fresh perspective over your own identity, a toolkit for holding onto faith in the midst of uncertainty, and an encouragement to dream BIG.

Daytime Events

22+ Connections: The One Where They Become F·R·I·E·N·D·S

If you’re looking to meet new people, get to know the YJA-ers who will always ~ be there for you ~ at our speed friending event!🧑‍🤝‍🧑 ☕

22+ Connections: Roses & Relationships

Seeking something more romantic? At this event, you will have the chance to speed date like-minded attendees! Who knows, maybe you’ll find that special someone!🌹 👀

Seva

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is in the service of others."

22+ attendees will have the unique opportunity to give back to the community at this year’s Convention! We will be supporting U&I Spread the Light by creating educational videos for adults living with a disability and high school students entering the workforce, as well as Children’s Medical Center Dallas by making and decorating teddy bears to brighten the days of young patients.

Come prepared to tap into your creative side for a good cause!🙏🏽🧸📹

Professional Networking

Tech, Social Media, Law, Design, you name it! Introducing LinkedIn in-person, a lowkey session that will allow you to meet young professionals from all different industries. Regardless of your interests and aspirations, you are sure to get linked-up (professionally)!🤝🏽

Daytime Sessions

This year’s sessions will be centered around 5 main themes - Spiritual Development, Personal Development, Professional Development, Social Impact, and creative XYZ sessions. See our daytime programming page for more info! Also be sure to visit our sessions and speakers pages to see the 75+ amazing speakers who will be leading 90+ exciting sessions!

Nighttime Events

Around the World

YJA Convention is back after 4 years, and it’s time to reconnect and meet new attendees at this year’s ice breakers. Travel through different universes while hanging out with friends and bonding over some of your favorite YJA classics!🌎👯

Parisian Sunset

Get excited to relax and mingle with friends old and new over classy refreshments on our hotel’s terrace at the Parisian Sunset soiree!☀️ 🇫🇷

Mystery on the Seine

Everyone’s a suspect! Pack your magnifying glass as you’re going to solve a Mystery on the Seine at our dinner before dancing the night away at the formal!🍽️ 🕵️

JNF Programming Team

Your 2022 22+ Programming Team consists of Bansari Shah (IL), Saloni Nahar (IL), Simran Modi (GA), and Vishesh Mehta (CA). Working with them are the 22+ subcommittee members listed below!

Bansari Shah (IL)

Saloni Nahar (IL)

Simran Modi (GA)

Vishesh Mehta (CA)

Aanand Shah (TX)

Anand Shah (IL)

Avish Dalal (CA)

Dhairya Dholiya (CA)

Juhi Shah (IL)

Julie Mehta (VA)

Kalp Maniar (VA)

Miten Shah (IL)

Shilpi Shah (CA)

Suryaraj Jain (VA)

Please note that 22+ programming is subject to change.