Junior Youth Groups (Ages 12 to 15)
“The program seeks to endow young people between the ages of 12 and 15 with the
capabilities needed to effectively use “the word” as an instrument of their own
transformation and the transformation of their society.”
Office of Social and Economic Development, August 2002
A Junior Youth Group is composed of approximately 5 to 15 participants,
age ranging from 12 thru 14, who live in the same neighborhood or area.
The Junior Yough Group serves as an environment of mutual support for its
members through weekly gatherings where they:
study an internationally developed curriculum that enhances language and expression development,
In addition, they may come together for special events or outings.
engage in artisitc activites,
plan and carryout service projects,
participate in recreational and sports activities, and
explore different cultures through crafts, history, music, and cuisine.
This age group represents “a special group with special needs as they are somewhat
in between childhood and youth when many changes are occurring within them. Creative
attention must be devoted to involving them in programmes of activity that will engage
their interests, mold their capacities for teaching and service, and involve them in
social interaction with older youth. The employment of the arts in various forms can
be of great value in such activity.”
Universal House of Justice, Ridvan 2000
The curriculum has been developed to:
enhance their power of expression,
enhance their understanding of being a citizen in their local and global environment, and
assist them to recognize the moral issues underlying everyday decisions and identify the
moral implications of speech and action.
Jr. Youth Groups are facilitated by a team of Animators. The best Animators are those ages 18 -25 who can easily interact with this age group as mentors and role models. The goals of the Animators are to:
foster their spiritual identity,
empower them to serve humanity
develop their power of expression
enhance their spiritual and intellectual capacities
help create a moral structure in their lives, and
prepare them to participate effectively in the affairs of their community.
Most Jr. Youth Groups begin with one or two Jr. Youth who want to start one in their home.
If you are interested in forming Junior Youth Group in your area and/or would like to train
to become an Animator please contact us!
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