Celebrating Our Future!

Future Division News

Precious—A member of the elementary school division leads gongyo at the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center, Weston, Fla., 2016. Photo: Mary D'elia.

Each June, the SGI-USA celebrates Future Division Month, honoring the precious and irreplaceable future division members, who represent humanity’s future. It is for this reason that SGI President Ikeda has poured his energy into fostering them into genuine leaders of the 21st century.

With high hopes for the future successors of kosen-rufu, President Ikeda established the high school division on June 7, 1964, and the junior high school division on Jan. 15, 1965. On Sept. 23, 1965, he formed the elementary school division.

Then, on Feb. 3, 1993, during his visit to the U.S., President Ikeda announced plans to establish the SGI-USA future division (comprising members of the elementary school, and junior high and high school divisions). On that day, he said: “Humanistic leaders will emerge like a glittering galaxy of stars from the future division of the SGI-USA in the 21st century. I firmly believe this” (My Dear Friends in America, third edition, p. 244).

Here are some ways to empower our young successors this month:

Empowering the future division at discussion meetings

Plan a welcoming and especially encouraging district discussion meeting for high school, junior high school, elementary and even preschool-aged members and their friends. Future division members can contribute in creative ways, such as:

• Serving as emcee
• Sharing a faith experience
• Providing an explanation or skit to introduce Buddhism
• Performing music, dance, etc.
• Bringing a friend or family member who is a guest

Future division graduations

When a future division member completes elementary school, junior high or high school, it’s a cause for celebration! SGI-USA graduation certificates can be presented to them at June Kosen-rufu Gongyo meetings, future division activities or district meetings to acknowledge these important milestones.


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