One of the strongest yearnings of junior youth is to belong to a group of peers. Therefore, the program is organised around the concept of a ‘junior youth group’, the members of which meet together regularly to participate in activities that enhance their intellectual and moral capabilities and build the capacities required to help their local communities. The participants of the group strive to create a joyous, friendly atmosphere, which is free of criticism or ridicule.
WHO THE PROGRAM IS FOR…
The JYSEP is for those aged 11-15 years old and is a three year program. It is offered to all the local junior youth in a town or neighbourhood in which it is held. A junior youth group may consist of 10-15 members and sometimes there are multiple groups in a single locality.
SMALL GROUPS, LOCAL YOUTH
The groups are facilitated by an older local youth or adult, known as an ‘animator’. All animators are trained, and for groups located in Queensland, they are Blue Card Certified. The animator is a true friend who helps the junior youth to create the desired environment within the group, and assists them as they develop the capacity to express their thoughts, recognise the various forces influencing their lives, align themselves with those that are constructive, and make positive choices.
A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
Junior youth groups meet with their animator to carry out a range of activities including community service projects, artistic and recreational activities, and the study of materials which help them understand concepts such as hope, excellence, justice and service.
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A group typical meets weekly (for around two hours) to carry out their activities. The frequency and location of the meetings is determined by the members of the group itself.