Releasing the Society-Building Powers of Youth 2 (Winter 2021)

Cultivating An Ever-Advancing Civilization

Independent Sections
6 weeks
Weekly Study
Jan 16-Feb 27
Register By
January 23, 2021
Fee: $30 (discounts available)

Releasing the Society-Building Powers of Youth 2: Cultivating An Ever-Advancing Civilization seminar is the next course dedicated to empowering youth, 11-17 years, in the three areas of community building: social action, societal discourse, and expansion and consolidation. Youth who have completed Transformative Leadership for Youth are invited to continue on their path of personal and collective transformation as we apply the 6 elements and 18 capabilities of the Transformative Leadership conceptual framework in our personal, interpersonal and social relationships.

Our learning will be complemented by opportunities to develop and cultivate skills and techniques in multimedia art where we translate new insights, knowledge and our love of Beauty to effect positive change in the world around us. Professional artists from diverse backgrounds will accompany youth as they develop and apply these new capabilities through exploration of Baháʼí-inspired approaches and methods being applied in community building initiatives throughout the world.

Youth will continue to develop and initiate grassroots social action initiatives by forming collaborative creative groups, elaborating principle-based vision, identifying elements and capabilities that will support efforts and will deepen on the dynamic role and society-building power of youth for today.

Baháʼí-inspired social action promotes and applies material progress and spiritual principles toward the betterment of all members of the community and at the same time, “avoids proselytizing” in activities with the “goal  of converting people.”* Our focus will be on cultivating and building grassroots capacity through sustainable initiatives with support, accompaniment and unity through learning, service and art.

* "For the Betterment of the World" page 6

Note on Video conference sessions:
This seminar will offer regular video conference sessions on Saturdays at 10 am Eastern US Time (GMT-5). You can use the Time Zone Converter to check what time that is in your city. (Enter New York (USA) as the city to convert from.)

There is another courses for Youth ages 11 through 17, being run at the same time as this one. Click through the link below for more details.

Transformative Leadership for Youth
(Winter 2021)

It is possible for youth to take this course concurrently with "Releasing the Society-Building Powers of Youth 2." Please contact Jessica Kerr for more information.

Who is the course for?
Who is the course for?

This course is for youth (11-17) who have completed the first and second seminars that promote the Transformative Leadership for Youth Conceptual Framework and who are currently engaged in contributing to the betterment of the life of society. Youth will deepen their understanding of Baháʼí inspired social action and participation in prevalent discourses in society while applying the elements and capabilities of the TL framework. They will also deepen their understanding of the role of youth for today and design, create and initiate grassroots sustainable social action plans. It is possible for a youth to engage in Transformative Leadership for Youth and Releasing Society-Building Powers at the same time if desired. Please contact Jessica Kerr, Lead Faculty (, for more information.

What will you learn?
You will learn
Engage in a framework for social action that promotes a culture of cooperation, founded on ethical principles and scientific evidence, which is motivated by the search for truth, attraction to beauty and thirst for knowledge.
Bonds of friendship are developed and a culture as Change Agents is nurtured in contribution to personal and collective change through learning, reflection on action and service to society.
Be able to apply the 6 elements of the conceptual framework of Transformative Leadership and some of its 18 capabilities in the area of social action and society discourse.
Utilize basic photography, graphic art and multimedia skills and techniques through projects that illustrate the contents they are learning.
Employ diverse forms of multimedia art, creative writing and journaling to consolidate understanding. Create and design projects that express and translate learning while contributing to personal and social transformation.
Form and implement with accompaniment Change Agent & Creative Learning Group social action plans while strengthening skills for discourse in society.
Create a Change Agent Project that can be shared with family, friends and community.
Meet Your Faculty
Jessica Lani Kamál Kerr
Photographer, Multimedia Artist, founder Cultivating Capacities, GSO (nonprofit) and co-founder, Transformative Leadership Education (nonprofit)

As a professional photographer, graphic and multimedia artist, I have served children, junior youth and youth in Northern Colorado for over 10 years. In that time, learning through hands-on experience in the Ruhi Institute process community-building activities served as a catalyst to form Cultivating Capacities, GSO (grassroots support organization) in... See Faculty Bio

Crystal Lee

Crystal Lee studied Accounting and Business Management at the University of Hawaii. Her professional career was in middle management in corporations primarily focused in the construction industry. She has walked the path of service by devoting years of her life to Children’s Classes and the Junior Youth program at the grassroots... See Faculty Bio

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