The United Nations defines ‘youth’ as persons aged between 15-24 years. However, one can not define ‘youth’ simply by age as the environment plays a very important role in the growing up of an individual. It is seen that culture and heritage are an integral part of who we are and how we function. To put it simply, it is seen that people in Asian countries consult much more with their parents as compared to people in American countries; youth is a flexible concept and thus cannot be contained and
defined in specific sentences.
YOUTH FOR THE YOUTH
In today’s world where competition is on rising and life is a race, age does not matter, it the skill set of an individual that sets him/her apart and helps him/her in succeeding. We as youth play an important part in uplifting the standard of society, and I can vouch that almost all of us would have heard the phrase “you are the future” at least once in our lifetime. However, in the
current scenario, anything that is constant is the change. Nothing is stable anymore and the world changes in the blink of an eye, so the question arises, who will train us with the ever-changing pace? It has been seen from eons that before taking up any task we have had proper training, be it job,
profession or even our personal lives. We have called our predecessors by different names, like senior in English, sunbae-nim in Korean, etc. However, with the world galloping it is impossible to find someone who can teach you exactly what to do when to do it, and how to do it after all one cannot jump blindly in any situation, as it not only causes physical but even emotional harm crumbling ones’ confidence. So
what is the solution?
The answer is us. Our mind has more efficient grasping power than the people who are older than us and therefore we take on trends easily and plow our own way. We as youth join hands and teach and train each other to the best of our capabilities. It is not unheard of, we have often helped each other during school time, tutoring our peers in different subject or games or by simply existing and providing them feeling of comfort, it has been seen that we have always been training our peer, if not in academics than in social situations. What is the difference now? The answer is that in school days it was not noticeable that much. We were in the eye on only 200 something people and even then we were kids, but now we are adults and the world is waiting for us to fall and much more is at risk.
We have the potential to conquer the world; we have the creativity, capacity and a hunger to change the world. Youth for the youth basically means, young people working together and training each other. One of the best examples is the startups by our generation, where we recruit people with whom we identify with. Age is not a hindrance if you have the potential. The best example would be our own intern at the Wordsmith foundation who has been promoted to “HR head” at the tender age of 12.
People around the globe have recognized the power of youth and have started various initiatives to harness their potential. One such initiative is the “by youth, with youth, and for youth” by UNESCO.
UNESCO has engaged with thousands of youths to create change through its fora, built networks, and teach young people to work on peace and prevent violence and itself is committed to empowering underprivileged youth and proving them platforms to showcase their talents. Yet another initiative is the youth to youth initiative founded in 2015 that aims to empower and inspire the global youth community to become change-makers through holistic and accessible training networking events and mentorship of youth-led projects.
We are the future and the future is with us. If we want to exist today, we will have to co-exist through mutual cooperation and healthy competition, mentoring each other, and holding hands for the betterment of our future. It is us who lead and us who follow