The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program has been in the Triangle area for the past 10 years.
What started as a small group of young people and their families has now grown to include more than 200 junior youth in groups throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, and many places in between.Continues below
Since its inception in the early 1970s, the Ruhi Institute, an agency of the Baha'i world community, has striven to serve, through its educational activities, young people between the ages of 11 and 15. Those in this age group are often referred to as 'junior youth' and represent a special segment of society.
The educational materials created by the Institute are designed with the aim of helping junior youth explore a number of themes that will enable them to deal with the complexities of life, combat negative social forces, and become active agents of change. The texts explore moral concepts drawn from the Baha'i teachings, and also seek to develop language, math, and critical thinking skills that will serve them as they investigate their physical, social, and spiritual reality.
Junior youth groups and animator trainings are carried out in homes and neighborhoods all throughout the world.
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program materials are filled with moral concepts inspired by Baha'i principles. Though the program is not religious in nature, and does not instruct participants in faith-based laws or teachings, it does use profound and universal moral standards to inspire them to take charge of their own development and contribute to the progress of their communities.
Our local junior youth groups are sponsored by the Baha'is in the Triangle area. Baha'is are people who accept the oneness of humanity, religion, and God, and strive for a just and peaceful world through acts of selfless service.
For more than a century, Baha'is in the United States have practiced faith in action by laboring to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the equality of women and men, and build strong spiritual communities that are as diverse as they are supportive.
In the Triangle area... (additional details provided by local contacts)