Junior Youth

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme

 

Junior Youth

Junior Youth face challenges that are unique to their age group.  The degree of nurturing and encouragement given to them at this impressionable age determines who they will become as youth and adults.  By providing Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programmes that explore ethical and moral issues, whilst encouraging personal expression, the true potential within these young people can be realised, thereby benefiting themselves and society as a whole.

“More and more people from all strata of society frantically seek their true identity, which is to say, … the spiritual meaning of their lives; prominent amongst these are the young.”                                                                                                                     – Bahá’í Writings 

 

Objectives of Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme

The junior youth spiritual empowerment program is open to young people aged between 11 and 14, and assists them to navigate through a crucial stage in their lives.

Those in their early adolescent years possess altruism, a sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world.

The program helps them form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the world at large.

The programme focuses on the development of spiritual qualities or virtues, intellectual capabilities and capacities for service.

Through spiritual empowerment and the development of spiritual perception the programme aims to raise the self esteem of young people and to equip them with the knowledge, concepts and skills that will enable them to engage in acts of service to the community and to humanity.

 

Structure of Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme

The structure of junior youth programs may vary slightly from group to group, but it can generally be said that:

  • The programs adopt a participatory method of learning where facilitator and participants learn from each other;
  • Participants are engaged in activities such as artistic expression, discussion, drama, memorisations of quotations and poems, co-operative games, story telling and acts of community service;
  • Classes are held on a regular basis;
  • There is no written homework;
  • All program facilitators are certified under the Baha’i Child Protection Policy, which includes a mandatory police check. Parents are welcome to meet with the facilitators to learn about the program.

Availability

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme are currently offered in Blue Mountains.  Trained animators conduct these groups. As the interest and demand for these groups grows, more trained animators will be happy to start more groups.  For more information please contact:  02 4739-6134

“Regard man as a mine rich in gem of inestimable value.  Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”                                                                                                                                                           – Bahá’í Writings