A few of us in Halifax have started a project aimed at encouraging the junior youth to use the arts as a means of expression their views on justice and social change. You can find the project here: http://www.facebook.com/l/06105103QwOhRKNH2qcfVBP5UcQ/www.changebucket.org. - Emad
Change Bucket is inspired by the dual purpose of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program; namely, that of forming strong moral identities and developing the power of expression in youth aged 12 to 15.
As junior youth are assisted “to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives and to become empowered to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization,” the desire to serve, to make an impact on earth, and to articulate an inherent longing for justice becomes manifest. As established systems continue to disintegrate around us, a new generation committed to radical change and sustainable advancement has emerged. Parallel to this process we have witnessed the development of faster and more efficient communication mediums, and as a result, the individual is now more powerful than ever. The Junior Youth program shows us how to reconcile this power with a sense of social responsibility.
The purpose of Change Bucket is simple: to channel this emerging consciousness by provoking thoughtful reflection through the visual arts and writing.
Our first goal is simple, to obtain as many submissions from those between the ages of 12 and 15 as possible. What do you have to do? Simple, just take a photo, draw or paint a picture, write a story, a poem, or whatever you like and toss it into the Change Bucket. The second goal is to publish these works into a book that will be donated to community leaders, dignitaries, schools, and other public spaces.
In this way, Change Bucket hopes to provide the Junior Youth with an opportunity to serve through the power of expression.
To toss something into the Change Bucket, please visit the “submit” page where we have posted a few guidelines. We look forward to your contributions.
The Change Bucket Team