Youth Empowerment

In each group, there is the need for an older person who is a true friend and mentor to the youth and can assist them in the development of their capacities. Those who perform such a function are known as the animators of junior youth groups. Their presence helps the members of each group to remain hopeful and convinced that they can protect themselves against the negative influences of a disintegrating society surrounding them, and to discuss and act upon ways to advance this society.

Although serving in this capacity is not an exclusive prerogative of any particular age, older youth tend to make excellent animators as they find it easy to treat the junior youth not as children but as equals, and to encourage them to ask questions, express doubts, and engage in the investigation of reality.