Environmental Service Project

The Junior Youth Empowerment Program of Campbell River was busy early April completing an environmental service project. The project came out of consultation with the Campbell River Airport and The Willow Creek Watershed Society to help solve the problem of silt transport off the airport.  The first steps were to cut willow into planting sections then walk them around the airport and install them along the drainage channel to help trap the slit.  Willow trees root and grow very easily if installed in soil that remains moist. The willow will trap silt, provide a more complex natural habitat, cool the water and aid in the global warming battle.  After a couple of hours of volunteer environmental work everyone enjoyed some hot chocolate and Timbits.


              Helping With Hampers

The Campbell River junior youth empowerment group and their leaders had an excellent time doing community service this year. One of their adventures included assisting the Knights of Columbus prepare food hampers this Christmas season.

Friday, December 20, 2013 was a snowy day and caused swimming practice to be cancelled for some of the junior youth. It meant that there was hands-on participation from those usually otherwise committed young people. The junior youth and leaders made up food hampers, stacked and cleaned shelves, and recycled plastic and cardboard.

One of the Knights of Columbus organizers said the junior youth and their leaders had the place in better shape for their Saturday rush than many of the years in the past.

The junior youth and leaders gathered again Saturday to unload turkeys and continue their winning ways including delivery of some of the hampers. The Knights of Columbus organization expects to deliver in excess of 1,100 hampers and the junior youth empowerment crew was an integral part of that. Well done!

I hope that thou wilt cut thyself from all that is in this world; wilt sever thyself from all desires of this transitory world; wilt attach thy heart entirely to the light of truth and wilt, at all times, rise in the service of truth in the rose-garden of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 131)

Smoothie Night

It appeared as though most of the junior youth had never operated a blender before. The look on their faces as they poured a mix of milk, fruit, chocolate and other flavours into the glass container was a combination of caution and delight.

The incentive was the consumption of the thick drink and the satisfaction of being surrounded by friends.

Thanks to the Junior Youth Empowerment coordinators for arranging a fun-filled evening.

He urges you to make up your minds to do great, great deeds for the Faith; the condition of the world is steadily growing worse, and your generation must provide the saints, heroes, martyrs and administrators of future years. With dedication and will power you can rise to great heights!

- Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi

Games Night

There is no competitive edge to the games played at Junior Youth gatherings. The coordinators encourage fun and adventure. On this particular night, one of the games offered the chance to display artistic dexterity while the other showed contortionist-like agility.

The animators are educators and enthusiasts who love to support youth. The youth are  described by the Universal House of Justice:

“Among the young ones in the community are those known as junior youth…Creative attention must be devoted to involving them in programmes of activity that will engage their interests, mould their capacities for teaching and service, and involve them in social interaction with older youth. The employment of the arts in various forms can be of great value in such activity.”

~ The Universal House of Justice, 2000


THE JUNIOR YOUTH SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT 2012/2013 program is expanding! The collection of young people is welcoming a new younger group of Junior Youth this year. They will be working on the “Breezes of Confirmation” book while the older group will continue their discussions on “Glimmerings of Hope”.

The events are going to be held at the Campbell River Common Shopping Centre, 1470 Ironwood Street. The gatherings are held weekly on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with schedule changes made by the organizers. Check this website’s Calendar page for the specific dates.

Feel free to spread the word about the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment program.

Resources: Breezes of Confirmation: http://www.ruhiresources.org/junioryouth/breezes-of-confirmation-ages-11-12/

Glimmerings of Hope: http://www.ruhi.org/materials/list.php

Check out the JYEP Brochure 2016 page for the Junior Youth program offered in Campbell River.

The Junior Youth program is starting up again in November/December, 2017, and will be led by animators, Aleah and Dylan, with support from Joe and Aolani. Stay tuned for an update on this wonderful program.

Check out the JYEP Brochure 2016 page for the Junior Youth program offered in Campbell River.