What is a Junior Youth Group?
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.