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“It isn't academic education alone that makes people happy. It is ‘how-to-live’ education — how to develop a harmonious, moral life, stronger will power, and spiritual understanding — that will bring happiness.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda felt deeply for the welfare of children and took a lifelong interest in their all-around education. Carrying on in this tradition, Self-Realization Fellowship continues to offer a variety of How-to-Live School programs that teach young people how to live a balanced life of meditation and right activity.

SRF Sunday Schools, teen programs, and summer youth programs provide children with a solid spiritual and ethical foundation on which to build throughout life. Emphasis is given to the practice of the science of meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda for personal experience of God. Children are shown how to develop moral character and the noble qualities exemplified in the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, such as faith in God, respect, kindness, consideration for others, courage, and evenmindedness.

These qualities then act as spiritual building blocks for the right development of a child's character and help to establish positive habits such as self-discipline, service to others, truthfulness, and the use of common sense — as countless participants over the decades have attested.

A new session of online How-to-Live Classes for Children and Teens begins December 3, 2002, and extends until May 27, 2023. The classes, which will be conducted in English and arranged according to the age groups 9 – 12, 13 – 15, and 16 – 17 (with separate classes for boys and girls), will be offered at several times to accommodate those living in different times zones. We hope that all youth who are interested can join us for this interactive program fostering joyful spiritual friendships and providing encouragement and practical guidance to benefit all aspects of life and all ages. Registration is ongoing, even after this class series has begun.

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Online How-to-Live Classes for Children and Teens

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Teen Programs

Summer Day Program

Support Youth Services

To increase the valuable support that Youth Services provides to our youth, we have set up a special fund to receive donations from members and friends.

Contributions to this Youth Services Fund will be used to cover costs associated with Youth Services Department. This would include expenses for activities such as the Summer Day Programs, Sunday School and Teen Programs, events, seminars, workshops, general operating expenses, and any other Youth Services activities. The funds can also be used to provide scholarships for children to attend any Youth Services event.

Thank you for helping to support the youth of Self-Realization Fellowship.