Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On Strenthening Relationships in the Community: Junior youth transform an ordinary apartment lobby

This is what we are in the process of doing here in Tacoma, taking steps to set up a Junior Youth Group in the Hilltop neighborhood. -gw

On Monday, Feb. 1, seven Richmond youth (ages 11-14) living in a complex on Colonial Drive, known as the Waterstone Junior Youth Group, transformed an ordinary apartment lobby into a place to meet neighbours, strengthen relationships within their community, and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Uploaded on October 11, 2009 by dreamwalker542 on flickr

The group's passion for service to humanity, with sympathy and compassion for the people of Haiti, motivated the youth to organize a benefit sale in the complex's lobby where they sold hot chocolate to passing neighbours.

The group raised more than $50 for Haiti.

This project also gave them an opportunity to meet many neighbours, build new friendships, and promote their latest service project: starting a compost bin for the complex.

By delivering flyers they had made themselves (both in English and in Mandarin) about the uses and benefits of composting, they encouraged other inhabitants of the building to participate and use the bin.

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is a community-building initiative offered as a service by Baha'i communities in localities and neighbourhoods worldwide.

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