To celebrate the UN International Year of Youth 2010-2011, the Brahma Kumaris-Lighthouse Youth* held cafe-forums and values workshops for young people ages 16-35 in Metro Manila and Baguio City. Besides engaging them in conversations of what they thought were their “best qualities”, we allowed them to creatively express these in art form through oil pastel on sandpaper. Bravery, freedom, dignity, self-respect and happiness were just some of the values expressed in their visual renditions. During the process of drawing , we guided them through quiet, reflective moments to allow them to introspect deeply into how these values can be made practical in their lives.
We believe in the power of the youth to tap their innate resources, their ability to help re-create a world founded upon universally-shared principles that make humanity truly more noble, just and humane.
We present their creative works here as we end the International Youth Year and move forward. The year has allowed us to meaningfully engage in the rewarding effort of re-discovering the latent resources and potentials of young people, all raring to positively shape the course of the world.
*An affiliate of the International Youth Forum, a global network of 8,000 young people in 50 countries, who are committed to personal empowerment through the application of values at the heart of humanity. It is part of the Brahma Kumaris Spotlight Values network, dedicated to the UN Year of Youth, which aims to bring to the fore the innate potentials of the youth, engaging them to become agents of change in their local communities and the world at large.