Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program
“To every generation … comes an opportunity to make a contribution to the fortunes of humanity, unique to their time of life. For the present generation, the moment has come to reflect, to commit, to steel themselves for a life of service from which blessing will flow in abundance.”— from a letter to youth from the Universal House of Justice, international governing body of the Baha’i Faith
To respond to the needs of youth and teens throughout the world, the Baha’i community offers the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. This program is aimed at building the capacity for moral reasoning and channeling the energy of young people between the ages of 11 and 14 and is carried out in schools, community centers, neighborhoods across Canada. Training and hands-on accompaniment are offered for those who wish to become Program mentors and volunteers.
Nurturing the tender hearts and minds of children
“O God! Educate these children… Let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love.”— Bahá’í Writings
Developing the moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness, but to the service and advancement of our entire society.
Parents everywhere are looking for ways to give children this spiritual education, to lay the foundations for their children to have noble characters and fruitful lives. SProviding spiritual education for children has long been an element of the culture of the Bahá’í community. In neighborhoods across Canada, Bahá’ís and their friends offer moral education classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, complementing the education they receive at school.
These classes are open to children of all backgrounds and are often run in collaboration with their families. Through music, stories, art, games, drama, and community service children learn about spiritual qualities, such as truthfulness, humility, and justice that will shape their lives and guide their choices.