It is already the second week of May and as the temperatures continue to soar outside, so is the competitiveness of our participants. With competitions like the debates, Master Quiz, Master Chef, the HPY Bawa-Bawi contest, cricket and the spectacular Talent competition already completed, the drive to strive continues. While the Enactors have taken the lead in the first week, the scores are close and with lots of events still left, the excitement is palpable.
The theme for this week was business, science and fitness. Sessions such as Oral Hygiene, Physical fitness and a workshop in Judo encouraged our participants to look at their health and well-being more closely. The panel of young entrepreneurs and talks on careers in architecture and engineering opened up their minds to the variety of avenues available to the youth today.
HPY has also provided an opportunity for our participants to become aware of the excellent initiatives launched by inspirational leaders of our community such as the Jiyo Parsi Programme and the Empowering Mobeds initiative. We truly do care for our own. Amongst all this, our participants also benefitted from the deeper insight they received on our religion by Mr. Khojest Mistree and Ervad Ramiyar Karanjia. They were encouraged to raise challenging questions with a promise of an answer for them all.
While all of these continue to help our participants grow as individuals, we cannot forget to sensitize ourselves towards the other species which inhabit our planet. In accordance with this, a session by the organization, Welfare for Stray Dogs (WSD) was also organized. This year as a part of our social service initiatives, we have introduced a T shirt and saree collection drive. The enthusiasm of the participants is overwhelming. We have already collected well over a thousand items ready to be donated to different NGOs.
We take this opportunity to also express our heartfelt gratitude to all our speakers who out of their own beneficence brought gifts and prizes for all of us. HPY genuinely appreciates your generosity.
Tune in for more HPY related news next week.
Completing 33 years, the Holiday Programme for Youth is nothing less than an Institution. This year too, HPY has come back better and more dynamic with standards being raised each passing year. On a bright sunny Sunday morning, the Inauguration function was held at the
J B Vachha Girls’ School, welcoming 160 eager participants and their parents. The function was chaired by former Trustee, Mr. Jimmy Mistry who introduced our Chief Guest, Dr. Keki Mistry and Guest of Honour, Ms. Anjalee Tarapore. Mr. Mistry engaged the audience with insightful interventions about confidence in one’s abilities and Ms. Tarapore being a former HPY participant herself, reminisced on her own days here at HPY and encouraged our participants to believe in themselves and go out and achieve their passion. Dr. Mistry in his usual eloquent style motivated the audience to seize the moments and make the most of situations, a fitting beginning to an action-packed month.
In our various sessions, ranging from a panel of young achievers, career options after Arts, Science and Commerce, to careers as wedding planners or in the civil services, just to name a few, our participants’ minds were stimulated. Engaging in fruitful discussions with the speakers our participants are already beginning to make the most of these sessions. Workshops in Speech and Drama, Theory of Knowledge, Graphic designing and Dance and Rhythm appealed to their playful side and gave them the opportunity to let their hair down. Aptitude testing and Career Counselling being necessary to provide early guidance was also conducted, completely free of cost!
With the weekend rolling in, the first competitions have already begun in the domain of the Literary Arts. Sparring with words, the debates created a charged intellectual environment with the debaters engaging in meaningful rebuttals. Today, is a special day. In the true HPY tradition, another young Zoroastrian is being initiated into our faith followed by a scrumptious lunch and the Master Quiz competition, challenging the grey cells of our finalists to the peak.
It has been a constant endeavour of HPY to see our participants grow in mind and spirit, become confident and mindful individuals and we are already on our journey there for this month. Phew! It has already been week one but this is only the beginning! Tune into next week for more updates about our exciting sessions and competitions.