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Junior Youth Empowerment Programme
City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, India

The CMS school prayer resonates through halls and assemblies in all twenty campuses where students with one accord chant in a melodious tone, “I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee…” With the aim of enabling the students to understand the profound implications of knowing God and worshipping Him, CMS has over the years integrated a special curricular programme into its middle school, called “Junior Youth Empowerment Programme(JYEP). The curriculum empowers our young minds to understand the two-fold moral purpose of transforming self and society in order to create a new race of men - individuals who think, speak and act positively and constructively. Service to the common good is the crucible in which one’s aim and motive of constructing a peaceful, united world is tested. CMS endeavours to provide that service opportunity to its students.

Through JYEP animator training programme, students of senior section learn about the great responsibility of contributing to the betterment of society. They understand that on them also rests the duty of fostering an environment in which the younger members of their school community can attain the spiritual and intellectual powers needed to become builders of a new civilization. The task is no doubt immense. To counteract the powerful social forces that threaten to sap their powers and distort their purpose, youth can rely on God’s unfailing assistance. They also have to enhance the ability to create an atmosphere of mutual support and assistance among themselves and in their communities in which their powers to transform society are multiplied.

These fledgling efforts need to multiply and develop further. It is with this vision in mind that CMS is raising a call for volunteer youth from across the world and India to come and offer a year of service to strengthen and consolidate the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme and its outreach.