SD Jr. YBL Goes Ahead, Plans Virtual Conference

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

By Hale Chiba, Emi Matsumoto and Emily Sarashina

2020 Southern District Jr. YBL Conference Co-chairs

The 2019-20 term for the Southern District Junior Young Buddhist League (SD Jr. YBL) was unique and probably the most challenging in its 70-year history.

What started out to be a normal and active year, which began in September 2019, quickly changed when 2020 arrived. The effects of COVID-19 began to take its toll on activities in February and by mid-March, all the district’s and temple chapter’s activities were shut down.

Since May, the SD Jr. YBL members faced many challenges which led the Southern District cabinet to continue meeting online virtually. When the cabinet realized that all in-person activities would be canceled, cabinet members thought about how everyone could stay connected with the 13 chapters in the Southern District.