Junior Youth Empowerment Program (JYEP)

The Junior Youth Empowerment Program (JYEP) is a community initiative that strives to equip young people between the ages of 11 and 15 with a profound understand of their own potentials. Often also referred as the junior youth spiritual empowerment program or simply junior youth groups. This educational program typically engages older youth (ages 16 to 30) as animators of younger peers aged 11 to 15 to help them develop their powers of expression, capacities for moral reasoning, and release their capacities for service. The program combines study, mentorship and social action.

The program aims to assist youth to:

  1. Enhance comprehension and language skills
  2. Be able to articulate ideas with precision, clarity and eloquence
  3. Recognize the moral issues underlying the choices they make
  4. To discuss ideas and form a strong moral identity
  5. Contribute to the betterment of their community
  6. Carry out service projects in their community

  1. Junior youth are in a period where many changes are occurring in their lives.
  2. Junior youth are very susceptible to influences from the world around them: advertising, music, television, movies, other media, and peers.
  3. They need to be helped to overcome the negative aspects of their environment.
  4. They need to be helped to overcome the negative aspects of their environment.
  5. Junior youth like to belong to and work in peer groups without the fear of being ridiculed
  6. They are energetic and like to contribute to the common good.
  7. They are inquisitive and have a thirst for knowledge. They have potentialities and capacities which are often not recognized and developed

In our work with junior youth we use a set of texts that are concerned with developing language skills and the power of expression. Some in the first category also address mathematical concepts and social issues, while others seek to prepare young people to approach the investigation of physical, social and spiritual reality in a scientific manner.

Breezes of Confirmation
Glimmerings of Hope
Thinking About Numbers
Walking the Straight Path
Learning About Excellence
The Human Temple
Drawing on the Power of the Word