The YAFA program is divided into four age groups for youth ages 5-17 and their families. The first three groups provide opportunities to study the same or similar subjects as adult Society members with age appropriate materials and activities suitable for that age group. Each age group will build upon the knowledge and skill set of the prior group, providing a plan to more understanding and deeper skill levels. The fourth group will be encouraged to take a more active role in their local branch and participate at a near adult level, participating in adult classes rather than youth activities.
§ Division 1: Ages 5 to 8 years old. These youth participate mainly with the attendance and help of their parents, as is appropriate to their social development. Parents have the authority to approve the completion of achievements for this group. Mentors are not required, but may be used, at the Parent's discretion and the Mentor's schedule
§ Division 2: Ages 9 to 11 years old. While increasingly independent, this age group is still anchored in the family while exploring beyond those boundaries. While parental participation may occur here, children in this age range will begin developing independence as they work with mentors. Mentors have approval authority for the completion of achievements for this group and must be used with this group.
§ Division 3: Ages 12 to 14 years old. These participants are ready to act independently with their contemporaries and with selected adult mentors while still strengthening their ties to their families and households through interaction and feedback. Mentors have approval authority for the completion of achievements for this group and must be used with this group.
§ Division 4: Ages 15 to 17. The oldest participants are right on the cusp of adult participation in the Society. They will develop the skills they have become interested in at a near- adult level and would prefer participation in adult classes to youth activities. As such, no token requirements have been developed for them. They are working on becoming the next generation of artisans and craftsmen in the society. It is hoped they will exercise leadership for younger participants in the YAFA areas in which they have gained expertise by aiding and assisting mentors with whom they have developed a good working relationship. They can continue to work on any unfinished achievement topics.