A Year of Service handbook for volunteers
A practical, funny and inspirational handbook for everyone thinking about serving the Bahá’í Faith away from home.
When Denali Knight Weiler set off on her year of service in Ecuador she packed a suitcase full of bikinis and tanning oil, only to find that she'd be spending the first six weeks in the Andean city of Otavalo, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and woolly alpacas - not a sandy beach in sight! Her dream vacation in the tropics was not to be. But what she did was even better: she began a period of service to the Bahá'í Faith that took her from Ecuador to Bolivia, the Native American Bahá'í Institute, Green Acre Bahá'í School and Swaziland.
Now she has collected her insights into a practical, funny and inspirational handbook for everyone thinking about serving the Bahá’í Faith away from home. Wondering where to go? What to pack? Worried about being homesick? Or eating the food? Thinking you might not manage living with strangers? And how about, well, um, facilities? Scared of teaching children or junior youth?
Denali's down-to-earth handbook will help you to ‘seize your moment, to make your mark on the destiny of humankind’ and to have a truly fulfilling year of service.
Author: Denali Weiler.
Format: Softcover book; 206 pages; 14 x 22 cm.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2007.
What is the Junior Youth Programme?
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme is a three-year programme for 12-15 year-olds which fosters a positive transition from childhood to adolescence. Participants in the programme are supported to appreciate their own inherent nobility and dignity; the inherent nobility and dignity of every human being; and the capacity each has to contribute to the betterment of humanity and to an ever-advancing, spiritually and materially prosperous civilization. Junior youth are supported in the development of their power of analysis and expression, as well as their ability to think, speak and act in ways that are coherent with a sound moral framework, through exploration of important concepts embedded in engaging stories. They also learn to identify the needs of their community and find ways to respond to these needs, through increasingly complex and meaningful acts of service. Purposeful social, sport and artistic activities also constitute a key element of the programme.
Junior youth engage in the programme by joining or forming a junior youth group. A group often comprises 5-10 young people in a given locality who usually meet at least weekly to participate in the various aspects of the programme. Central to the advancement of understanding is the exploration of key concepts contained in a series of study modules. In its entirety, this series of study can provide young people with the elements of a conceptual framework that can guide their choices and actions as they mature into adults.
Other Junior Youth Group modules
Breezes of Confirmation (11-12 yo)
Glimmerings of Hope (11-12 yo)
Spirit of Faith (11-12 yo)
Thinking About Numbers (11-12 yo)
Human Temple (12-13 yo)
Learning About Excellence (12-13 yo)
Power of the Holy Spirit (12-13 yo)
Observations and Insights
Drawing on the Power of the Word (13-14 yo)
Walking the Straight Path (13-14 yo)