A united Gujarati community that supports our youth in realizing their potential, promotes Gujarati culture and help each other in dark times.
To help our seniors be more active by giving back through mentor-mentee program and engaging in creative activities
To encourage our youth to participate in celebrating culture, religion, spirituality, sports, and politics
To celebrate our Religion and culture by creating content for TV and digital platforms
To build Community Centers across the US that bring Gujaratis together
To strengthen and enhance our political participation in the US
Connects our seniors and Youth with kids in India One on one Mentoring
A. About GONA
Gujaratis of North America is non-profit organization based in India which has benefited over 1500 schools and 600,000 underprivileged children across 41 cities of India. they are working
with 100 Top Corporate Companies (HDFC Bank, UPS, Indigo, HDFC Securities, Coke, 3M, IBM, Google, Hexaware, Adani, Reliance, UNICEF, United Way, and others) to transform
government schools (better toilets, improved drinking water, scholarships, digital literacy, valuebased training, etc.). KPMG audits financials and Deloitte reviews processes.
B. About Udaan Project
Udaan as the name suggests aims to deliver wings in form of Education that can lead any younger future of India to fly and live the dreams he/she always dreams of. The project paves a
way for all those kids who are in search of an identity and are ready to work hard to achieve it. Less than half of India’s children between age 6 and 14 go to school. Out of those left children
only 29% of them go to private schools the other 71% go to municipal schools. We feel that children are the future of a country and we want them to be skilled and be the brand ambassadors
of the future India we believe in success stories and we make them happen and make them employable.
Thus it aims to deliver scholarships to the kids that are selected after a hefty selection process. And with this even more heftier selection process is prepared for all those working at the back
end of this project that are all the donors who take responsibility of kid they adopt for imparting further education.
C. About GONA Mentoring – Virtual Mentoring
GONA Mentoring is a Virtual Mentor-Mentee program, where volunteer can spare an hour to interact with our scholarship students from different parts of India and can share their life
experience and provide career and life skill counseling to students over video call. Such kind of exposure help students deal with their challenges and also motivate them to achieve their set
The campaign connects top corporate, sportspersons and various other retire engineers, doctors and college student and professionl youth in USA connect with less privileged but brilliant
school and college students online for a 30 to 60-minutes mentoring session one on one.
D. Mentees Experience
1. “In today’s session with Mr. Vivek Ladha, Vice President, and Corporate Treasury at Goldman Sachs was a great talk about formal skills required in today’s corporate
environment. He gave me all the important hacks about on how to draft formal e-mails. He also tips on formal dressing and on corporate etiquettes. He also shared his personal
contact number and email id for any further contact. All in all it was a great learning experience!” – Vivek
2. “My Mentor emphasized on English ‘speaking, reading and writing’ practice. This will help in opening venues in different profession/career in part of world. Gave me some tips
and tricks on how face a job interview.” – Karthick Vijay
3. “People from Goldman Sachs shared their work experience and career opportunity in their organization. They also helped me in deciding the stream that I chose after my 10th
and best colleges in India.” – Rid
4. “It was nice having conversation with Neha Kumari, working at Goldman Sachs. We discussed on menstrual hygiene and how to manage during periods. We both sang song
together; it was my best 60 minutes, where I enjoyed spending time with her. I am looking forward to meet her soon over the video call. – Ritu Prajapati
“It was great sharing my experience with students, they are highly motivated and career oriented. They were so enthusiast to know more about the corporate world. I hope they land into
great college and succeed in their life.” –(Goldman Sachs)
“I shared on corporate etiquettes, which I believe is very essential for these students, since after ompleting their college they will land to great jobs and this will help them in getting along
with the corporate culture.” – Mentor (Goldman Sachs)
- Network problem (Mentee’s)
- How to use the Video Calling Application (Mentee’s)
G. Session Pictures
H. The Way Forward : requirement from Mentor
1) Fill out the application form
2) Mention your interest
3) Can you commit 1 hours of your time once a week for 3 to 6 months
4) Topics you are interested
- a) Education b) Financial Literacy c) IT Skills d) Effective communication e)
Corporate etiquette f) Leadership g) Public speaking
- h) Career Counseling i) Soft Skill j) Sports k) fitness & Exercise l) Yoga
& Meditation M) Photography N)Music O) public speaking and so on.
Since our mentees have enjoyed the session with their mentors, we would love to invite them for more session with our other mentees, where they (mentees) can share their wisdom to our
children and prepared them for the future endeavors.
We can also include additional topics for our mentors to discuss on with their mentees, which
will help them in making aware about the real-world scenarios and prepared them for same.