Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program & Youth

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program assists junior youth (ages 11-14) to take ownership for their spiritual and intellectual development, to develop a strong sense of purpose and the volition needed to make good decisions, and to engage in meaningful social action in their communities..Junior Youth refers to a special group ages 11-14 with unique needs as they are somewhat between childhood and youth when many changes are occurring within them. [Universal House of Justice letter November 2012 on junior youth: UHJ 14 November 2012 re-junior youth ]

The Program:

Assists them to recognize the moral issues underlying everyday decisions and identify the moral implications of speech and action. Empowers them to channel their energies towards both strengthening their own character and to serving their community. The premise of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is that creative attention must be devoted to involving junior youth in programs of activity that will engage their interests, mold their capacities for teaching and service, assist them to transform their communities, and involve them in social interaction with older youth. Concern for the moral and spiritual education of young people is asserting itself forcefully on the consciousness of humanity, and no attempt at community building can afford to ignore it. {View summary of the Program: Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program}

Spiritual

Spiritual refers to the universal moral concepts common to all faiths and traditions that exist in the world today, such as truthfulness, unity, justice, cooperation, service to humanity, striving for excellence, and relying on God for guidance and assistance.

Empowerment

Empowerment means to assist young people to take ownership of their personal development and to build capacity for meaningful social action in their communities.

Program

The program consists of trained older youth who facilitate the creation of a Junior Youth Group, a group of some 10 to 15 junior youth who together will participate in various efforts, such as discussions, recreation, activities and service projects.

The groups typically meet once a week, and participants play games, discuss issues, study literature and organize service projects.

Animators

The sessions are facilitated by an animator, who serves as a moderator rather than a teacher. Book 5 raises up animators of junior youth groups.

For more information please Contact:
Mirella Terrell Coordinator
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program
602/821-2069
mirella.terrell@gmail.com

Youth

O spiritual youth! Praise thou God that thou hast found thy way into the Kingdom of Splendours, and hast rent asunder the veil of vain imaginings, and that the core of the inner mystery hath been made known unto thee.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 53   “The endurance of youth under arduous conditions, their vitality and vigour, and their ability to adapt themselves to local situations, to meet new challenges, and to impart their warmth and enthusiasm to those they visit, combined with the standard of conduct upheld by Bahá’í youth, make them potent instruments for the execution of the contemplated projects. Indeed, through these distinctive qualities they can become the spearhead of any enterprise and the driving force of any undertaking in which they participate, whether local or national. Our expectant eyes are fixed on Bahá’í youth!” ~ The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 310

“Undoubtedly, it is within your power to contribute significantly to shaping the societies of the coming century; youth can move the world”. (The Universal House of Justice, 3 January 1985)

Youth deepening: Monday nights, Foundations of World Unity by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. If anyone is interested, please contact Parastoo Farahani: 602/672-1849 or Nadia Alinaghizadeh: 602/373-3095.

Current activitiesOpportunity to assist with the JY empowerment program

Some Resources: Youth – Sept 1990Youth Can Move the Worldhttp://www.bahai.us/community-life/bahai-youth-service-corps/https://www.facebook.com/Bahai.YouthIn Service to the Common Good-Bahá’í Youth in Their Own WordsIn Service to the Common Good-2006Youth & Junior Youth Newsletter Summer 2014    

News/Updates/Stories: posted when available   

 

 

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