“Young people must have their voices heard at all times. We cannot be passive participants in the conversations about our future. We must get active and create the future the way we want it.”
― Edem Agbana
Gone are the days when young people were relegated to the background and were not allowed to participate in leadership or help make policies; young people such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (US congresswoman), Greta Thunberg ( Swedish Activist), DJ Switch ( Young Ghanaian DJ), Naomi Osaka (World Tennis Star), Emmanuel Macron ( President of France) all prove that you can be young and still immensely impact the world.
The above-named people are proof that young people can take up leadership positions in all fields, excel greatly, and help bring much-needed change to their communities. Thus, on World Youth Day find below ways you can impact your community in your own small way.
Get Educated: The United Nations says that education is central to the development and the improvement of the lives of young people globally, and as such has been identified as a priority area in internationally agreed development goals. Therefore, as a young person, it is paramount that one gets educated in all areas of their life so they can contribute to their communities. Education could be formal or informal; the most important thing is to get an education.
Follow Your Dreams: As a young person, it is important to follow one’s dreams. Following one’s dreams will impact others and have a domino effect on your community at large. It could inspire other young people to pursue their dreams and have aspirations, and; in the end, it could lead to a chain effect in the lives of others.
Take up Leadership Positions: as a young person, it is important to position yourself to take up leadership positions. Taking up leadership positions is a way to help make changes in your community. Never for a second think you are too young to help make changes in your community. All the young people listed above are proof that it can be done and you can do it too.
Add Your Voice To Important Discussions And Activism: Help build your community by lending your voice to important issues in your community. Speaking on these issues could bring about the necessary changes that your community needs. Never feel too young to add your voice or advocate for changes around you.
The Future is your hands as a young person living in this world and now is the time to stand up and be counted; You matter and your opinion matters too!