Junior youth – or those between
11 and 14 years – are at a crucial stage in their lives when they are
defining their identity and values. Junior youth groups offered by the
Bahá'í community address the needs of these young people by helping
them to develop a strong moral identity and to empower them to
contribute to the well-being of their communities.
In these groups, trained
animators use creative activities to engage
the interests of junior youth and mold their
capacities for service. A
curriculum of material designed for junior youth is used in tandem with
drama, story-telling, visual arts, discussion of social issues, and
acts of service to their community. These groups aim to develop a
cohesive identity that revolves around optimism about the future, high
ideals, and a sense of purpose about life.
The animators of groups are trained in a sequence of courses that
emphasizes the great potential of junior youth
to understand social
processes and to contribute towards building a more peaceful and just
world. The training program also calls upon animators to reflect on
their own moral purpose and to see leading a junior youth group as a
path of service that contributes to their personal transformation.
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