WELCOME TO SAYVA
Northern VA, MD, DC
SAYVA TEENS: 8th - 12th Grade
JUNIOR SAYVA: 3rd - 7th Grade
Learn more about SAYVA from our Youth Ambassadors
Service. Awareness. Leadership.
With small, and sometimes large, acts of kindness, everyone can make a difference!
WHAT IS SAYVA?
South Asian Youth Volunteer Association
(residing in VA, MD & DC )
SAYVA is a nonprofit, community service organization (501 c3) founded and led by teens serving others in the community to make a difference. "Seva" is a Sanskrit word meaning to serve selflessly and with dedication. SAYVA teens & ambassadors make a difference in their community through service and advocacy.
Cofounded in 2011 by former director Sumedha Mongia, MD.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2023/2024
11/9/2023: SAYVA GIVING DAY - BIRTHDAY PARTY PROJECT. SIGNUP HERE
12/2/2023: DECEMBER TEEN AMBASSADOR MEETING. Zoom Link coming soon.
12/7/2023: SAYVA GIVING DAY - BIRTHDAY PARTY PROJECT. SIGNUP HERE
12/10/2023: Ugly Sweater Holiday Party/ Cookie Making: LOCATION TBD
JANUARY: MLK DAY: TBD
RISE AGAINST HUNGER FLAGSHIP EVENT: DATE + LOCATION TBD
ANNUAL HOLI EVENT: DATE + LOCATION TBD
Act To Change AAPI Day Against Bullying & Hate: May 18, 2024
SAYVA END OF YEAR EVENT: Honoring graduating seniors, President's Volunteer Service Award Recognition, awards + ceremonies DATE + LOCATION TBD
OUR IMPACT THIS YEAR 2023-2024
Collected Supplies and donations for homeless at The Lamb Center
SAYVA Juniors Made 304 SANDWICHES, of which 182 sandwiches went to Martha's Table, and 122 sandwiches went to So What Else.
SAYVA Teens Volunteered at the World Cultural Festival in DC.
Thank You to Ledo's Pizza Falls Church, North Italia in Tysons, & Bollywood Bistro
SAYVA Alumni College students mentored teens on the college admissions process, study abroad programs as well as Q&A about the college experience.
SAYVA Giving Day: National Center for Children and Families (Bethesda). Teens organized a Halloween birthday themed party for 30 children and their mothers who are currently living in a shelter.
51 SAYVA teens, juniors and families participated in the Race For Every Child, raising a whopping $5311 towards research and treatment of childhood diseases. Congrats to top fundraisers J&J Dayal, Aria & Jaya, Alisha and Asha. Congrats to Jaiden B. (15 yrs old) completed the race in 21 minutes coming in 4th place for boys aged 15-19 yrs. So proud of team SAYVA!
Collected Supplies + Clothing Donations for women in poverty with Stepping Stones Shelter.
SAYVA Juniors Made 120 SANDWICHES for Martha's Table
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK
Raised $44,800 !! for Breast Cancer. RANKED #4 IN THE NATION
on the leaderboard for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer More Than Pink Walk.
DIWALI MOCK WEDDING
We learned about traditional South Asian weddings, participated in a garba dance and learned about Diwali. Ticket funds for this event help to purchase supplies for 15,000 MEALS that will be packaged for the Rise Against Hunger Event in March 2023.
TOP CHEF - SAYVA STYLE WITH TIK TOK CHEF MILAN
Baked and packaged 550 cookies for children living in food-insecure households with Sevatruck Free Meal Food Truck.
Collected HUNDREDS OF COATS and warm clothing donated to Afghan Refugees with Famil USA.
SAYVA GIVING DAY: Participated in a service day volunteering and donating to help families struggling with food insecurity in collaboration with non-profit organization So What Else?
RISE AGAINST HUNGER: This year we packaged 16,000 meals in less than 3 hours! Our Rise Against Hunger Experience events provide a fun, educational way for SAYVA youth to lend a hand to people facing hunger across the globe. Kids as little as 3 years old participate in an assembly line process to measure and package bags of rice and soy helping to end hunger making a huge impact worldwide.
HOLI: SAYVA youth, teens and parents celebrated Holi while learning about ways to help protect our planet (check out this blog!) and donating clothing supporting So What Else?.
END OF YEAR BANQUET: At our end of year banquet, we celebrate the teens and honor the graduates that work hard all year who give back by volunteering many hours of community service. Chris Michael provided entertainment, mixing magic, mentalism and comedy - captivating both kids and adults throughout the entire evening. The graduates shared the impact we have made this year, and passed the torch to next years leaders.
OUR IMPACT LAST YEAR 2022-2023
Support provided by corporations and businesses help to offset costs with event planning, ticket registration and to raise funds for various charitable organizations that we are supporting.
Thank you to all of our Partners & Sponsors.
For more information on the opportunity to become a Sponsor, please see our Sponsorship Packages.