Baha'i Junior Youth Program listen07/25/08 Arielle Stevenson
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>Today in Clearwater, children and teens planted a community garden for residents of the MacArthur Apartment Complex. The youth involved belong to the Bahai church and part of the faithâ€™s junior youth project. Kids aged, 12-14, chose a project they wanted to do for the community and this year was the first time a garden has been planted. Adeli is the projects organizer, and although this is her first year leading such a project and Adeli says the project is part of teaching the kids the importance community service.>The program is part of Project Betty, which is in its 6th year. The program has older teens teaching younger children the importance of kindness; honesty and integrity, along with helping them become better readers. All the teen counselors are part of a summer service project, and have been traveling to different communities, Navide who is 16, is helping teach the children how to plant the garden.>Navide says they wanted to do something everyone living in the complex could enjoy, and a diversely colored garden was the project the decided on.>Morgan and her counselors, Niaz and Tate say that after two weeks of working together with the kids, they are eager to come back next year.>Trisha irons is a volunteer for the project and member of the Bahai faith, she says that this project and others like is teaching young people to be empowered.>Although Adeli, the projects organizer, was raised in the Bahai faith, she says spirituality is a personal journey. The teachings used for the program come from Bahai but Adeli says that they are useful for everyone to learn.>The Bahaâ€™I church focuses on advocating unity and brotherhood within their faith and around the world. For more information about the faith or upcoming youth programs you can go online to www.bahai.org.