Additional Scholarship Opportunities:
Become a Mentor to Junior Youth
Students 15+ years and older are invited to participate in a Junior Youth Group Program and mentor younger kids in their own communities and virtually to youth across the country.
What is the Junior Youth Program?
The Junior Youth Program (or “Spiritual Empowerment Program”) channels the surging energies of young people aged 11- 14 (junior youth). Through small groups of 5 – 15 participants, called a “Junior Youth Group”, the program aims to assist youth in navigating through a crucial stage in their lives.
The groups are facilitated by mentors often in their late teens or early twenties. The mentor and younger participants learn from each other in a participatory mode of learning. Groups of participants study workbooks that help them think about their lives, their communities and how they can contribute to the world.
How does it work?
Normally, a junior youth group meets once a week, though sometimes more, over a three-year period and studies materials that have been specifically developed for ages between twelve and fifteen. The group is led by a youth mentor (also known as an “animator”, who brings the group to life!).
Studying occupies only a portion of the time the youth spend together. During the rest of the time, they consult on and plan service projects, participate in sports, engage in cultural activities, such as drama and crafts, suited to their immediate surroundings. In addition to regular meetings, the group attends special events and undertakes acts of service to the community. In the current environment, there are a number of ways students can engage in virtual service, including dance classes, tutoring and raising awareness of social issues.
In Junior Youth Groups, participants become empowered to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the world at large through study and service. By developing their character, intellectual capabilities, power of expression, and capacities for service to society, the participants come to see that they can become agents of positive change in the world.
The junior youth program explores themes from a Bahá’í perspective (which recognizes and celebrates the Oneness of Humanity), but is not a formal religious education program. It is open to all, subject to parental approval for the junior youth. Junior Youth Groups meet on a regular basis and there is no written homework.
How you can be involved?
If you are 15 or older, you can:
- Join with an existing mentor and gain experience on how to mentor
- Participate in a weekly online camp (Tuesdays and Thursday evenings)
- Study Reflections on the Life of the Spirit and Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth, the books to prepare
- Come together with mentors from other communities to reflect on your service and ask questions from others
If you are 11 – 15 you can be a participant in the program, starting June 1, 2020.
To learn more, please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be holding interest calls via Zoom on a regular basis. Interest call dates will be announced in our social media and e-newsletters.
Thank you for paying it forward by helping youth discover and develop their best selves!
Together, we will change the world!