On January 6, 2019, six local high school Jamati youth volunteers from Long Island represented the Ismaili community at Anna Kaplan's formal admittance to the New York State Senate. Kaplan was officially elected on November 6, 2018, as the State Senator for New York’s 7th Senate District. With 55 percent of the vote, she is the highest ranking Iranian-American elected official in the state.
The youth appeared bright and early to help Senator Kaplan's team plan a smooth inauguration day. They greeted arriving guests, checked them off registration lists, assisted with coat checks, and guided them to their seats. They were there to ensure everything was done appropriately, with politeness, respect, and humility. The smiles on their faces expressed how happy they were to be there and part of New York history. Khushi Monteiro, one of the volunteers, described this experience as “one-of-a-kind, where I really got to meet someone who is an inspiration, and who takes a lot of initiative for the betterment of the community.”
Sarah Kudchiwala was touched by this event, saying “it was a unique way for me to not only see my community doing something great, but be a part of the people coming together in support for someone as influential as Anna Kaplan.” Volunteer Alina Lakhani described it as a “special opportunity for the Ismaili youth to be involved with the community and serve together.”
The Ismaili youth on inauguration day left with a sense of commitment towards civic affairs.