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Old 08-31-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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From: Rapid City
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Hello Everyone,

We have NO Baha'i junior youth or youth in our city;4 grandparents have decided to start a Junior Youth Empowerment group. When I say grandparents, I'm talking about all over 60 years, so please know this should you have ideas.

We have a location in a neighborhood that has it's own community center, and we are welcomed to start this group. We will deliver flyers to each house to introduce the JYE group, which is starting Sept. 12 2013.

I would sure appreciate some ideas to present at our first few meetings. Just do a little brainstorming with me, if you please. The number of JYE members will be no more than 8, at least until we get our feet wet and know what we are doing. Actually, we will be lucky to reach that number.

I will be sharing your thoughts at our Sunday Animator meeting (Sept 1).
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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Allah'u'Abha Trish!

It's wonderful to hear that the Baha'is in your city are beginning a junior youth empowerment program. Here in Phoenix, we have nine junior youth groups scattered across the city and there are a lot of Baha'i youth, including myself, who are involved in service projects.

The Universal House strongly recommends in a letter earlier this year that the JY Empowerment Program begin in a "public place", which could ideally include a community center, parks, libraries, university campuses, or schools (if the administration is willing).

I'm very hopeful that the JYE groups will thrive in your city and create youth animators eventually. I'm sure almost all of the junior youths who participate in Empowerment program will go on to become great animators in their own neighborhoods.

Best of luck to you! Remember that with junior youth groups should have core activities as well that also involves their parents or friends which include devotionals, study circles, children's classes, and of course, junior youth groups. Best of luck to you, my friend!
Old 08-31-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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I haven't yet participated in the Junior Youth Empowerment program myself...There are a few things from the Web:

There may be a few activities that you might consider..

About - JY+US

The Ruhi Institute - Walking a path of service

Raising up Animators of Junior Youth Groups

I'm waiting for the Senior Empowerment program myself...!

Old 08-31-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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From: Rapid City
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Thanks everyone, and thanks arthra for these wonderful links. I will send these off tonight to the other 3 Youth Animators. I knew there had to be a spring board out there somewhere.

I love the idea of a Senior Empowerment program too!

Khodrat: Were your animators a bit at the first nervous too? We started the group during July, but the competition was way too good. The youth we will be working with belong to a neighborhood called Lakota Homes. During the summer months there are many activities to keep them busy. We reflected, and decided to start again once school starts. The folks that run the center are very accommodating, and the location couldn't be more perfect. This will my our first opportunity to have a JYE program in Rapid City, SD.

Thanks so much for the help. Do please, feel free to feed us other wonderful too. Will try to report back as we progress.



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