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Transformative Leadership for Youth: Cultivating Capabilities for Change

Independent Sections
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Mar 4-Apr 22
Register By
March 6, 2023

Note: This 7-week seminar includes both Transformative Leadership for Youth (TL part 1), and Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities (TL part 2). Youth who have previously taken Transformative Leadership for Youth are encouraged to join the entire seminar and will receive a 50% discount. Please contact Jessica Kerr, Lead Faculty with any questions regarding previous participation if needed. Parental consent is required on registration.

Youth are the change we wish to see in the world! Through the new model of service-oriented leadership - Transformative Leadership - empowers youth to “serve as instruments of beauty and progress” as they contribute to the betterment of society.

Transformative Leadership is a new conceptual framework based on 6 elements that nurture our understanding and attitudes toward service-oriented leadership and includes 18 capabilities that help us better personal, interpersonal and social relationships. It develops skills and tools to better direct our own lives and at the same time help us contribute to an ever-advancing civilization. Galvanized by a commitment to promoting the material and social well-being of people from all cultures, traditions and backgrounds and inspired by principles of Bahá’í development founded in the desire to contribute to constructive social change through service to humanity, Transformative Leadership is a framework for social action that promotes a culture of cooperation based on ethical principles and scientific evidence, which is motivated by the search for truth, attraction to beauty and thirst for knowledge.

This 7-week online seminar will integrate the shared-model of Transformative Leadership that releases individual and collective society-building power with multimedia art. Students will use materials from the Transformative Leadership for Youth workbook, and learn basic photography skills and multimedia art techniques as they are empowered to develop their relationship with the world around them when motivated by the desire to “be the change” they “wish to see in the world.”

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.)

Youth will share reflections, insights and artwork with their peers during the course as they foster “love of beauty and thirst for knowledge” in each other. Transformative Leadership materials, including units from the workbook, will be provided by the Wilmette Institute.

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

This course will serve youth 11-17 who strive to 'be the change' they wish to see in the world. The world is calling for a new model of leadership. This course will introduce a new conceptual framework for a shared-model of leadership that cultivates a culture of cooperation and unity founded on scientific evidence and ethical principles. Youth will engage in diverse multimedia art projects that will develop photography, graphic art, music skills and enhanced learning.

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

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