South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups
The month of July marks the anniversaries of the founding of the Young Men's Group (July 11, 1952) and Young Women's Group (July 19, 1951), and youth throughout the world held commemorative meetings to celebrate the dates. Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, who created the youth groups, was firmly convinced that the passion and power of youth was crucial for opening and creating each new era. Following his lead, for 50 years SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has consistently supported and encouraged young people throughout the world to strive to manifest their unique and precious potential.
In Brazil, over 400 members of the Young Men's Group met on July 10 at the SGI-Brazil Ikeda Culture Center in São Paolo. Similarly, over 300 young women held their meeting on July 19 at the center. Elsewhere in the country, some 20,000 youth participated in meetings in their respective areas.
SGI youth members in Peru also celebrated by holding festive meetings. On July 11, close to 400 SGI-Peru young men gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, followed by the young women's meeting on July 18, where over 700 participated.
[Adapted from articles in the July 26 and August 10, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]