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A special programme for parents of kishores and kishoris was organised in the presence of Anandswarup Swami on the evening of Monday 24 June 2013 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.

The aim of the evening was to explain to parents the role of the mandir in their growing children’s lives and outline the variety of support services on offer to help them excel in their studies and various other aspects during this challenging and formative period.

The programme began with an informative sketch enacting real-life experiences of youths who have benefitted from Kishore Mandal activities, and the thoughts of those who have not taken advantage of the opportunities that it provides.

The tangible benefits of mandir activities were also illustrated through a question-answer session with kishores who are currently involved in activities as well as yuvaks who have progressed through Kishore Mandal. A collection of inspiring success stories were also shared of those who have excelled in their academic and professional careers through the guidance and support received from the Kishore Mandal.

A more detailed presentation of the range of activities available for kishores and kishoris was then communicated to the parents, as well as an overview of the mentoring system that is in place to offer individual support for their education as well as various other matters of concern for a young adult.

In his enlightening address, Anandswarup Swami drew upon examples from across the world in explaining how mandirs have helped the young fulfil their potential and succeed beyond their expectations. He concluded with a universally powerful message, that mandirs instil faith in youths – something which no other place can provide.

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