Airdrie Baha’i Faith
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is a global movement inspiring young people, parents, and community members to work together toward a better world. Serving Airdrie and area, the program trains teens and young adults to mentor younger peers aged 11 to 13. Each week, mentors and junior youth will put their heads together to study materials based around moral and spiritual concepts and talk about how to navigate a complex world, resist negative forces in their lives, and promote social progress. In conjunction with Airdrie’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), mentors and junior youth will be participating in service projects throughout the year. Inspired and sponsored by the Baha’i Faith, the program thrives through the participation and contribution of people from diverse backgrounds and is open to all.
Training and ongoing support help teens and young adults learn and grow as mentors for the program. In the groups they are helped to start, they engage participants in meaningful conversations, arts and crafts, and youth-led service projects. Mentors also build friendships with parents and gain practical skills such as lesson planning and coordination. Currently offering youth life skills workshops and an active summer program with Youth (15-18) and Junior Youth (11-14) mentors leading a garden program for children ages 3 – 10.
- Peer mentoring
- Cross-age Mentoring