What is a JY Group & what do they do when they meet?
A junior youth group meets regularly with a purpose of fostering the moral and spiritual development the junior youth in attendance. Meetings occur in a supportive environment that encourages individuals to share their thoughts and opinions, while developing a deeper understanding of the topics covered.
The group is accompanied by an "animator", an older youth or adult who offers their gentle guidance and support in order to aid the group in accomplishing its goals.Together, the group studies materials from a cirriculum which has been developed to introduce critical moral concepts while simultaneously enhancing the power of expression for each of the groups' members. Each book as been developed to explore universal spiritual principles while uncovering an opportunity to learn about other cultural aspects from other areas around the globe.
Groups plan and engage in service projects and social activities that enhance community life, allowing them to put into practice the skills they have developed through study. As each group develops, the level and complexity of the groups' activities grows along with their capacity to serve the community.
The period between the ages of 11 and 15 represents a special time in every individual, where physical, emotional, intellectual & behavioral challenges take place. This age group is what we refer to as Junior Youth.
Various factors influence the way these young people think, act and behave including media, culture, environment, and familial upbringing. Junior youth are observant and often have many questions about the world around them and their role within it.
It is vital to assist these junior youth with recognizing the moral issues that underlie everyday decisions and to empower them to channel their abundant energies towards strengthening their own character. It is also vital that these junior youth understand the important role they can play in service to their community. In order to accomplish this we must engage them by capturing their interests using creative means and by employing interaction with older youth, who can serve as mentors and models through their actions and support.
Breezes of Confirmation
Tells the story of Musonda, a young girl who has just turned 13 , and her older cousin Rose who has come to visit for the school holidays. A theme that runs throughout the story is that of making an effort and receiving God's confirmations. While the book maintains a certain simplicity in terms of sentence structure and flow, there are many difficult words meant to challenge the reader. By placing such words in different contexts and drawing out their meaning through exercises, the text builds vocabulary and strengthens literacy skills. This book is most suited for junior youth aged 11 and 12.
This book seeks to enhance the power of expression and explore the moral implications of speech and action. It consists of twenty readings, each of which is complemented by exercises in language skills. The readings begin simply, but gain in complexity both in terms of thought and language. The first reading introduces Diego and his youth group, who live in the small town of Alegrías. With the help of a tutor from the nearby institute named Elisa, the group thinks about the power of enlightened words and pure deeds to bring about social change. The book is designed for youth aged 14.
Drawing on the Power of the Word
Walking the Straight Path
What is the Junior Youth Empowerment Program?
How do I sign up a Junior Youth for a group in my area?
To start all you need to do is click on the "Get Involved" button above and someone will contact you shortly. There are no costs or fees associated with joining the Junior Youth Empowerment Program, as it is sponsored and fully funded by the Baha'i community in your area.
Stories have traditionally been a means for conveying moral concepts from one generation to the next. The Badi Foundation in Macau draws on this tradition by bringing together twenty stories from different cultures in Walking the Straight Path. Each story is relatively short and followed by a series of exercises designed to further comprehension, build vocabulary, and enhance moral reasoning. Short quotations for memorization are also provided. The book is intended for young people aged 13 to 14.
Who can become a Junior Youth Animator?
Anyone over the age of 15 is eligible to be a Junior Youth Animator. There is such a high demand to help Junior youth navigate this critical time period. There is a special connection between youth and young adults ages 15-30 when they choose to animate junior youth. To join the league of animators across the globe, just click on the Get Involved button at the top of the page and fill out the form in order to receive more information on how you can become an animator.