This is the beginning of a blog with the purpose to provide an opportunity for junior youth group animators trained in Ruhi Book 5: Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth to share learning, collaborate, accompany, and progress in our understanding of how to create increasingly effective, inclusive, consistent, and sustainable junior youth groups.
The overarching view, as made clear to us by the Universal House of Justice, is that animators "assist youth to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives and to become empowered to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization" (Universal House of Justice, Ridvan Letter 2008). It is our hope that this blog may serve as a place of learning how to continually strive towards understanding what this means and to adapt our efforts accordingly.
Not only because this core activity is newer are there challenges that animators face, nor just because of the unprecedented worldview through which animators are called to view 11-14 year olds by the Book 5 materials, nor due to the tremendous changes in the physical, cognitive, and overall capacity of junior youth. But also because junior youth groups are an early glimpse into ways of influencing of the discourse of society, of catalyzing social change and justice, and transforming social and economic development.
So please share your stories, ideas, and learnings, read others’, make suggestions about how this blog can be improved, and follow the ongoing learning happening at the Magdalene Carney Bahá’í Institute!