are the most precious resource a community has. Much like a young
tree, children will grow and develop in whatever way they are
trained and according to the influences they experience. Neighborhood children, junior youth and youth classes are intended to nurture spiritually vibrant
and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and
with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to God
and have a role to play in serving humanity.
The Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh form the basis of these
classes and introduce the Bahá'í Teachings and those
of other Messenger's of God to foster a fully united, just and
Spiritual Education for Children (ages 5-10)
Children’s classes emphasize character building and the development of spiritual qualities that will bring them closer to God, such as unity, truthfulness, justice, generosity, kindness and patience. Each lesson focuses on a different virtue and includes prayers, learning of short quotations from the Bahá’í writings, singing, stories, collaborative games and coloring pages that directly reinforce the lesson.
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (ages 12-14)
The aim of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is to assist junior youth to take ownership for their spiritual and intellectual development, to develop a strong sense of purpose and the volition needed to make good decisions, and to engage in meaningful social action in their communities. Thus, the Program attempts to:
- Assist them to recognize the moral issues underlying everyday decisions and identify the moral implications of speech and action
- Empower them to channel their energies towards both strengthening their own character and to serving their community
The age of 15 is seen as the age of spiritual maturity when young people are capable of taking responsibility for their spiritual life. The Bahá’í writings inform the vision for the capacity of youth when they have been educated properly and cross the threshold of maturity by stating that “The period of youth is characterized by strength and vigor and stands out as the choicest time in human life. [It should be distinguished by] sanctity and detachment, loftiness of purpose, magnanimity, spiritual qualities….”. Within the group the youth study character development themes, develop the power of expression, discuss difficult issues with peers, create art, play cooperative games, engage in healthy recreation and plan & carry out service projects.
of the Bahá'í Faith affirm that spiritual education
is at the heart of an educational process that leads to the elevation
and transformation of the human spirit. It is through the conscious
effort of loving families, combined with a systematic offering
of classes based upon the guidance that has been given to humanity
by a loving God, that the spiritual development of children can
be nurtured and developed.