Youth em­pow­ered

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

Spencer Park Youth Group has made its mark as the only group in WA to par­tic­i­pate in the Global Drum Prayer Cir­cle.

On Au­gust 30, the chil­dren took part in the world­wide event at the ex­act same time as other par­tic­i­pants across the globe and it was broad­cast live in na­tive Amer­i­can re­serves.

The group de­cided to get in­volved in the Ju­nior Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gram af­ter watch­ing a video on­line.

The pro­gram aims to bring youth of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions to­gether and is run by the youth them­selves.

SPYG an­i­ma­tor Wil­liam Johns said the chil­dren had de­cided to join the world­wide drum cir­cle.

“Turn­ing de­ci­sion-mak­ing over to the youth is part of em­pow­er­ing them, and em­pow­er­ment is at the heart of the pro­gram it­self,” he said.

“The pro­gram seeks to re­lease the power of youth aged 12, 13 and 14 . . . and direct it to­wards ser­vice to hu­man­ity.”

Mr Johns said the Ju­nior Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gram was de­vel­oped in Colom­bia by univer­sity pro­fes­sors. “The youth move­ment is highly de­cen­tralised and has spread to over 200 coun­tries around the world,” he said.

Spencer Park Youth Group take part in the live broad­cast of the Global Drum Prayer Cir­cle.

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