The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program provides tools to empower teens ages 11 to 15 years old to combat the negative forces around them, to build their capacity to make moral choices and to serve the betterment of their community. The program is founded on the idea that to help young people achieve their highest potential, education needs to address both their intellectual and spiritual development.
Older youth and adults (anyone over 15 years) are trained to mentor junior youth. They help them form a group with their peers. The group meets weekly to read stories about teens that touch upon moral and spiritual concepts and to talk about how to navigate a complex world. Together the youth learn to identify and resist negative forces in their lives, and to promote social progress. The group decides on arts and service projects for improving the community. Inspired by Baha’i principles, the program thrives through the participation and contribution of people from diverse backgrounds.