JULY 2023
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Embark on a Life-Transforming Journey with Swami Mukundananda July 17-21 in Tampa

Story provided by JKYOG

Swami Mukundananda will conduct a Life Transformation Program (LTP) July 17-21 in Tampa at the Hindu Temple of Florida. The transformative program offers an incredible opportunity to learn, grow and progress as Swamiji delivers enlightening discourses on five core facets of life based on his latest best-seller, "Golden Rules for Living Your Best Life."

Swami Mukundananda, a distinguished alumnus of IIT and IIM, is a renowned global spiritual leader and a best-selling author. With profound insights into the ancient Vedic scriptures, scientific research and practical wisdom, Swamiji’s impactful workshops and programs have reached audiences of all ages, from adults to youth and children.

The LTP program at the Hindu Temple encompasses a range of enlightening sessions designed to uplift and inspire attendees. Participants will have an exclusive one-to-one interaction opportunity with Swamiji, while they delve into enthralling discourses on the “Golden Rules for Living Your Best Life.” These teachings aim to help individuals gain divine wisdom, achieve spiritual success and elevate the quality of their lives.

Swami Mukundananda has touched the lives of thousands of seekers worldwide. Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Verizon, Google, Oracle, and Yahoo have invited Swamiji to speak, while prestigious universities like Princeton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT, Duke, and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) Business Conclave have hosted his empowering sessions.

The program at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 17-21. Prasadam will be served. For information, call Bill (727) 432-1020 or Simmy (813) 300-0584. Free registration is at www.jkyog.org/FL


Numbers may not mean a lot to many people, but for Manasvi Vijayaraghavan, every time she puts on her flag football jersey #1, it signifies a community bigger than just her. At 17 years old, the three-time state champion, is the first South Asian head captain of Tampa’s Robinson High Knights Flag Football Team, a honor she does not take lightly.

As a head captain, Manasvi not only has the skills to consistently perform at the highest level, but also serves a constant motivator and light for the girls on her team to continue fighting despite all odds.

This dedication earned their team a Nike sponsorship, where they were personally flown out to the company headquarters in Oregon to showcase their talent. The team’s resilience has stolen the hearts of many Tampa natives, Mayor Jane Castor frequently showing support and appreciation, while the Buccaneers frequently partnering with the Knights for NFL segments.

Now, every time she steps on the field, the No. 1 signifies the first step towards expanding opportunities for those who look like her, especially young Indian American girls in a sport typically dominated by males. As she enters senior year, Manasvi is all set to utilize her role to inspire future generations to reach for their dreams and prove that is no barrier for passion and hard work, a reality proven to her through the sport of flag football.


Story provided by Guardian Ad Litem

Father’s Day may be behind us, a time when dads are celebrated with a flood of social media posts, cards and gifts, can be difficult for foster youth, many without a father.

Florida Guardian ad Litem Office male volunteers who dedicate their time and energy toward a child in foster care can positively impact their life. A male volunteer can fill a need in the child’s life during a difficult, traumatic time.

Many Florida Guardian ad Litem Office Volunteers are female, and the need for positive male volunteers from your local community is critical. You may have experienced struggles as a child or teen, when there was that adult male, a teacher, a grandparent, or a coach who took the time to listen to you and provide you with the support and guidance. You shared your joys and fears with the male figure and felt stronger with his presence in your life. Children with positive influences in their lives are resilient and believe that they can accomplish great things.

National research shows that children with a Guardian ad Litem have fewer placement changes, spend less time in foster care and receive more services while they are in foster care.

The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office represents Florida's abused, abandoned and neglected children in court and the community. In 2022, the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office represented over 36,000 children in Florida.

Learn how to get involved at www.guardianadlitem.org, call (813) 272-5110, or sign up for one of the weekly online information sessions.



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