We all know that youth today will be the leaders of tomorrow. So it's very important to educate them before they become youth (say age 15 and above). Junior Youth are between the ages 12-15. They're no longer kids but still not Youth. In this critical age they have spacial needs because they go through a lot of changes physically, mentally and psychologically, so they need special attention. Also in this age they have a lot of questions such as: Who am I? What am I doing in this world? and if they don't get the answers they're looking for or the needed attention; they will be dragged by the society, and all that energy they possess will be wasted in all the wrong things such as: drugs, smoking and bad behavior. You can't isolate your children from the society, so what can you do? The junior youth program has been learning a lot about developing juniot youth's abilities and talents. Also, it explore with them the concept of service, and help the junior youth use all the energy they have in something useful. In this particular age the Junior Youth get affected easily by the things surrounding them, so they become perfect targets for media because nobody pays attention to them. Therefore, trying to guide them before becoming youth is very important. When that age is over it's very hard to change them if they choose a path that doesn't benefit them or society. In this age they are always looking for an older figure to look up to, and the animator, who is a youth a bit older than them, can be that role model. So all that energy and unbelievable talent that not many care or know about will be acknowledged.
I mentioned before that I attend a junior youth group. I would like to talk about the changes that I saw in myself and in my friends after attending the group. First I'd like to start by telling you how we were before joining the group. Before, we would talk about topics that didn't really matter or have any imapct on the world. Now, most of our conversations are about world unity, what we can do to help people, wars and its effects, peace, service, education...etc. Before, we'd throw garbage on the ground and we wouldn't really care about the environment. Now, we go places to clean up the trash such as our and the beach. The most important change in my opinion is that we don't lie, curse or gossip as we used to. We know the affects it has on our souls, that it extiguishes the life of the soul . Now, we know the importance of morals and manners. When one of us does something wrong, we always remind each other of the things that we learned in the group, and try to correct our mistakes. We have also become more aware of our spiritual side. We read more prayers and do more services for the community that we live in. Most of us have really developed our talents in drawing, playing sports, playing guitar and singing. We have learned a lot of things and in the same time we have a lot of fun. I can't think of a better place I would like to spend my time at. This program has really changed our lives.