Inspiring young people, parents, and community members to work together toward a better world.

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is a global movement inspiring young people, parents, and community members to work together toward a better world. Over the past 10 years, the program has grown locally from being supported by a small group of youth to include over 200 young people mentoring throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, and many places in-between.

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What is the JYSEP?

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program trains teens and young adults to mentor younger peers aged 11 to 15.

Each week, mentors and junior youth put their heads together to study materials based around moral and spiritual concepts and talk about how to navigate a complex world, resist negative forces in their lives, and promote social progress.

Trainings and ongoing support help teens and young adults learn and grow as mentors for the program. In the groups they are helped to start, they engage participants in meaningful conversations, arts and crafts, and youth-led service projects. Mentors also build friendships with parents and gain practical skills such as lesson planning and coordination.

Inspired and sponsored by the Baha’i Faith, the program thrives through the participation and contribution of people from diverse backgrounds.