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. This group is home and family centered, they participate with the attendance and help of their parents, as is appropriate to their social development. The requirements should be within the parent/guardian's ability to guide and facilitate completion of the subjects study. 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 developing a sense of social independence, this age group is still anchored in the family while exploring beyond those boundaries. Children in this age range will begin developing independence, self confidence and self reliance as they work with mentors and enjoy parental support, guidance and attendance. 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 beginning to act cooperatively with their contemporaries and with selected adult mentors while still strengthening their ties to their families and households through interaction and feedback. Youth in this group enjoy continued parental support, guidance and attendance as they show continued growth in self confidence, self reliance and independent thought and actions. 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. Youth in this group enjoy continued parental support, guidence and attendance as they approach their entry into our adult Society. 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.