Empowering the youth involves giving them the sense of independence and responsibility to make meaningful decisions and contribute positively to society. Creating awareness, disseminating useful information, promoting a certain cause or manipulation of data was never so easy, as it is today. Hence, it is incumbent upon the adults and the society as a whole to assume a key role in keeping the youth protected in this vulnerable age of technology, yet empowering them in the process. Reducing susceptibility and increasing competency is what needs to be done.
If we will not secure their future, then who will? As responsible parents, guardians and mere human beings we are knit into a global community. Each one has to play their part and strive to set unrivalled precedents of growth and prosperity by serving to their maximum in their own capacities. We believe that the youth of today will guarantee a sustainable future.
Education is the first step
Our kid’s future is shaped from the beginning years where they learn to observe their surroundings, imitate their guardians and societal personalities and develop a sense of intellect and reasoning. One should avail all the possible educational opportunities that will set the stage for developing a proper framework ensuring the mental, physical and emotional well-being for your family. Various hospitals, educational institutes and social welfare organizations work vigorously to educate the public. These services can be tailored as per the target segment they are catering too, realizing all humanitarian rights in the process.
Forums can be created to empower the youth that will provide the voice of today with a platform to voice their opinion irrespective of cast color or creed. Where will the children gather the guts to voice their opinion? The society will boost their morale and through various initiatives and programs equip them with the knowledge and skills to bring about a renaissance. This will eradicate the drawbacks and fill in the loopholes that have plagued our society. Encouraging dialogue and negotiation instills in young children to opt for peace loving solutions to more bitter and grave problems in the future.
Social Media- the most effective tool
Young minds are impressionable and can be molded as desired. Social media is a very powerful and effective tool these days in creating an ever-lasting impression on the minds of youth and adults alike. Employing these platforms to raise the educational standards of the public can do wonders. An initiative taken by UNICEF called the “Voices of Youth”, couldn’t explain it better. It is a virtual online space created for the youth, to familiarize them with the key issues, global trends and advancements taking place around the globe. The diverse range of topics includes educational opportunities, environment, violence, poverty, homelessness and rights of minorities. The online digital world has helped to analyze the risks and opportunities the social media are capable of presenting. Thus successfully devised training workshops for young people to help their minds digitally map the real-life dilemmas and understand the gravity of the situation.
This global initiative has left unprecedented standards of social responsibility and emphasizes the ever-increasing and dominant role of the youth. This is because they shape a more sustainable and viable future for the later generations to come:
- Voices of Youth concert has opened new channels of possible interaction between adolescents from different cultures also appropriately known as cross-cultural interaction
- Voices of Youth Citizens has made a conscious effort to let everyone be aware of the potential good and harm that social media and the high level of digitalization, can possible bring thus enabling them to act accordingly
- Voices of Youth Maps aimed to equip the youth of today living in far, distant and remote areas to share their living conditions by facilitating them with a technology platform to help them create targeted maps.
Research has shown that adding an element of constant and unwavering support in the form of increased parent engagement is highly recommended. One major way of empowering the youth is by protecting them from falling a-prey to immoral activities that may undermine their personality Adult supervision in the life of children will help reduce juvenile delinquency, eradicate social and ethical evils like and even drastically improve academic performance. Hence parents are expected to engage in meaningful ways with their children to nurture the development and personality building of their children.