Diane speaks about the challenges living in the Vancouver downtown Eastside, her experience with the junior youth program and her hopes for the spiritual progress of her community.

Junior Youth Group

About Building Community

All across Canada, individuals are engaged in a process to advance their spiritual, social and intellectual development and to contribute to the development of their communities.

The activities at the heart of this process are meetings that strengthen the devotional character of the community, classes that nurture the tender hearts of children, groups that assist junior youth to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives, and study circles that foster the understanding and application of the Baha'i teachings to individual and collective life.

These activities are offered by Bahá'í communities around the world and they involve people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of religion, who share a common purpose: to promote the welfare and wellbeing of the whole.

On this website you will see some of these initial efforts to learn the ways of building community.

Rosa's Experience

Rosa shares her experience of joining the junior youth group in East Vancouver and how it helped her develop her own capacities and serve others in her neighbourhood.

Study with the Junior Youth

The junior youth of Mornelle explore the relationship between man and nature, man's love for reality, and the power of intellectual investigation through the study of "Spi

Mornelle: A Mini Service Project

Junior youth help to teach children a song about the importance of befriending and loving people of diverse backgrounds.

Talking with Abitha

Abitha talks about her experience working with youth and how small actions can have a big influence on a community.

Community Building in the Suburbs Part 2: Impact on Families

Participants of study circles in the neighbourhood speak about the impact of the core activities on their families.

Doriane and Friends in Burnaby

A group of Baha'is in Burnaby reached out to meet some of the newcomers to their city and engage in meaningful conversations.

Community Building in the Suburbs

Celeste and Joe longed to serve their community. They decided to offer a class for the spiritual education of children at their local library.

A Glimpse into Mornelle’s Children’s Class

Every Monday a group of children in the Mornelle neighbourhood rush their dinners and eagerly prepare to attend their weekly children's class.

Surya's Story

Surya shares the story of how she joined the junior youth group in her neighbourhood and began to learn to express herself with greater clarity.

Esther's Story

Esther is thirteen. She tells about the group she belongs to and its impact on her and her community.

How Mimi Met Her Neighbours

Inspired by the memory of her mother who worked with children, Mimi decided to get more involved in her community and start a children’s class.

Newcomers to Canada Learn to Better Their Lives and Serve Others

Jennifer and Dan are newcomers to Canada from Korea. Last year they joined a study circle that changed a lot of things in their lives.

Hoda's Experience

Hoda talks about how neighbours in a Toronto apartment complex, have been inspired by their children's junior youth group.

Study Circle Results

Hongyu talks about his experience in joining a study circle in the St. Jamestown neighbourhood.

Shimmy's Learning

Shimmy shares her experience of participating in a 'study circle' where she learned the value of service.

Martin Gets to Know His Neighbours

A graduate student from Saskatchewan speaks about how an invitation to a study circle led him to contribute to building a community

Anurag's Insights

Anurag talks about how joining his neighbourhood junior youth group has helped him to grow.

France and Friends

France speaks about how a study circle raised up resources for a neighbourhood children's class, junior youth group and devotional gathering.

Thomas' Reflections

Having been in Canada for a short time, Thomas found a new way to integrate into Canadian society.

Empowering Junior Youth in East Vancouver Neighbourhood

Jelana tells the story of how a junior youth group started in her neighborhood.

Keyanna's Story

Keyanna speaks about the neighbourhood junior youth group she is in.

Knights in Pijamas

This junior youth group has not only been a source of joy and inspiration for its members, but also their families and those they serve.

Taking Action

Two friends offered newcomers to Canada a series of job readiness workshops.

A New Home in St. Jamestown

Cheyne talks about moving into the St. Jamestown neighbourhood in Toronto and how a series of activities were started there.

Sinoja's Story

Sinoja tells the story of her involvement with a study circle and how it inspired her to work with junior youth in St. Jamestown.

Revisiting Jelana: New family and new community

New Developments in Simon and Jelena's Community.


Dan Scott talks about how neighbourhoods and communities are becoming elevated and transformed through participation in a set of activities.

Katia and Benjamin

The story of how their decision to start a junior youth group for their older children has impacted them and their friends.

Youth Learn Together

Delphine who lives in the city of Québec, describes the junior youth group that she belongs to.