Nurturing a Healthy Human Spirit in the Young
Many young people are beset by a host of fears, worries, anxieties and insecurities that make for superficial and discouraging relationships, lack of motivation and confused, escapist or hedonistic lifestyle choices that can determine a future riddled with problems. There is increasing statistical evidence that society has a problem with its young that defies being rectified by established interventions.
From the author of Nurturing a Healthy Human Spirit in the Young, Viv Bartlett, the opportunity came in 2000 to join with a group of Bahá'ís in the United Kingdom to devise and pilot programs for disaffected youngsters, and so the Swindon Young People’s Empowerment Programme (SYEP) came into being. Huge successes were experienced with over 1,000 dispirited, vulnerable youth who were referred to the Empowerment Programme.
The Programme focused on two ideas from key Bahá'í scriptures, as encapsulating all others-that the individual is full of potential, a “mine rich in gems of inestimable value”; and that individuals need to be focused on service to others. The journey towards this is not simple.
Parents, caregivers, educators and anyone interested in the well-being of young people will find this book not only principles of nurturing healthy human spirit in the young, but also an array successful down-to-earth, practical ways of doing so.
Format: softcover book, 204 pages.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2014.
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)