“Only the capacity of the Bahá’í community limits the extent of its response to the demand for the programme by schools and civic groups.” Thus wrote the Universal House of Justice, in its 2010 Ridvan Message, about the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP), which is producing noteworthy results around the world. Stories locally are emerging about the different ways in which this program is bringing out latent capacity in participants, such as how young people who engage in the JYSEP gain new perspectives that, in turn, enable them to contribute to the improvement of society.
One of the aims of this program is to assist participants to enhance their powers of expression. The Area Teaching Committee of Amarillo, TX (A-stage) shares the following:
Students of a local JYSEP animator informed her that reading the material and answering the questions from their JYSEP book helped their comprehension and testing skills when they took their TAKS test (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, mandatory state-wide standardized testing for grade school students).
It seems that in this program the academic skills and the spiritual insights advance together. When the school authorities hear about this, you can bet the capacity of the Bahá’í community will be further tested!