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The Blueprint for Victory

The SGI-USA makes chapter empowerment the focus toward our gathering of 50,000 youth in 2018.

How do we make respect for the dignity of life a guiding principle in American society?

SGI-USA chapter through territory leaders across the country joined a live nationwide broadcast on Dec. 18, 2016, to hear the blueprint for gathering 50,000 youth in 2018 to take a stand for the dignity of life.

SGI-USA Youth Leader David Witkowski called the bold target a powerful antidote to the lack of hope, devisiveness and powerlessness pervading our country.

“I have personally spoken with so many guests who have told me that our kosen-rufu movement is the sole option they see for changing their destiny and the destiny of our society,” he said. “People are seeking our wonderful practice more than ever.”

Mr. Witkowski said that ultimately, the youth will be driven by Nichiren Daishonin’s unconquerable desire to awaken the young people of America to their greatest life state and build a hopeful future.

He then reminded everyone of SGI President Ikeda’s determination and vision when he arrived in Osaka to greatly expand the number of Bodhisattvas of the Earth during the Osaka Campaign of 1956:

[Second Soka Gakkai President Josei] Toda clearly states his purpose for going to Osaka: “Let us rid Osaka of all sickness and poverty!” This was a solemn declaration to wipe the tears of unhappiness and suffering from the eyes of the Osaka people. I made his vow my own. (Oct. 12, 2001, World Tribune, p. 4)

“Inheriting Sensei’s spirit,” Mr. Witkowski said, “the youth will wage an all-out effort to impart hope and erase suffering from the youth of America, and display a formidable force for peace in response to our mentor.”

 

The following is a visual blueprint for empowering countless youth to embrace the life-empowering philosophy of SGI Nichiren Buddhism, centered on strengthening each chapter.

 

1. Track the strength of the youth in each chapter.

In an effort to more accurately gauge the current strength of the youth in our local organizations, each chapter will focus on increasing 1) youth attendance at designated SGI-USA activities throughout the year and 2) youth subscriptions.

Mr. Witkowski said the primary goal is to dramatically increase the strength of the youth in each chapter. “Just imagine, every chapter, every community in America with a strong group of 40, 50 or 100 young people wholeheartedly spreading Nichiren Buddhism for the happiness of the people there?” he said. “With this vision as our base, we hope to inspire each chapter to serve as the driving force toward 2018.”

2. Set an attendance goal each month.

The SGI-USA has designated one activity per month to measure youth attendance, striving each month to surpass the previous month’s attendance, as we move closer to our 2018 goal. This includes encouraging youth members who may have become disconnected from the organization to restart their practice and introducing many other youth to the hope-filled world of the SGI.

Chapters will measure youth attendance at the following activities:

JANUARY: Chapter Kick-off Meeting
FEBRUARY: District Discussion Meeting
MARCH: Champions of the New Era Meeting

3. Recognize chapters who reach benchmarks.

The SGI-USA will recognize chapters that achieve benchmarks in expanding youth subscriptions and youth attendance by 25, 50, 75 and 100.

For example, when a chapter reaches 25 youth subscriptions and 25 youth attending a meeting, they achieve the Blue Tier.

• 50 youth is the Blue and Yellow Tier.
• 75 youth is the Blue, Yellow and Red Tier, representing the SGI tricolors.
• 100 youth is the eight-petaled Lotus Tier, which completes the SGI flag!

 

(pp. 6–7)