Empowering the Youth for a Better Tomorrow

Youth Ready to Serve

Dominica Students Association (DOMSAC), University of the West Indies,                   Cave Hill Campus
Dominica Students Association (DOMSAC), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Prepare the Youth for Tomorrow

Preparation is a key factor to success in almost every life endeavor. Preparing the youth for adult responsibilities and for taking their place as future leaders should therefore not be taken for granted. It is the responsibility of the older generation to facilitate this preparation in all its various facets and those of us who do not contribute to this effort are guilty of neglecting our responsibilities to the youth. We cannot, if we do not assist in preparing them adequately to lead tomorrow’s world, turn around and condemn them as failures when, as senior citizens, we do not enjoy the anticipated security and comfort which we feel is our due from society.


Will Adults Support the Emerging Youth?

As an adult are you prepared to assist our youth in at least one aspect of their emergence into adulthood?

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Every Adult Should Play a Part

There are numerous ways in which our generation can assist in preparing and empowering the youth for the future. I will attempt to look at three broad areas out of which, I believe, everyone should be able to identify at least one area where he/she could effectively contribute.

1. Proper Parenting

2. Creating Opportunities

3. Providing Support

1. Proper Parenting

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defines parenting as “the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, financial, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the aspects of raising a child aside from the biological relationship”.

Proper parenting is, in my view, a tremendous responsibility. It involves taking a child through the various stages of life, providing the necessary care, discipline, nurturing, love and opportunities for educational, social and spiritual growth. No one is born with all the skills for effective parenting. However, in these times of enlightenment parents are fortunate to be able to access parenting classes or parenting support through social programs within their communities, various online programs and forums or literature on effective parenting available in print as well as electronic formats. Definitely, proper parenting today cannot be considered to be unrealistic.

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UWI, Cave Hill
UWI, Cave Hill

Young People, Get Involved!

Young reader, are you involved in a group,club or organization?

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2. Creating Opportunities

Our generation must assist in creating opportunities for young people to form or participate in groups, clubs, councils, volunteer and paramilitary organizations. We can also assist in making the atmosphere more conducive to the formation and existence of these bodies (be it within the school, church, community or in national organizations) so that young people will be encouraged to engage in meaningful and productive activity.

This type of involvement is an excellent way for young people to develop character. Some youth are naturally ‘mature’ and levelheaded and possess inherent leadership qualities. All they need is nurturing and guidance from supporting adults as they develop into positive contributing citizens. Others develop in time through mentorship and support from more mature and experienced persons. While some young people are enrolled in groups and organizations by their parents, many do so on their own out of a genuine desire to be involved in something positive hence; we should applaud the millions of young people all over the world who are involved in a group or organization which is doing good work. Oh yes, there is good in today youth! Lots of good!

As young people go through the various stages of life, they find their niches in groups based on age, interests, peers, talents etc. For example, memberships in school groups may be based on interests so there might be music groups, drama groups, public speaking clubs, dance groups, hiking clubs, student councils to name a few and students gravitate towards those of their choice. Service clubs and student councils are particularly useful for young people to develop valuable leadership skills while at the same time having fun and enjoying life.

Service Clubs

Service clubs are usually headed or supported by adults who serve as mentors to younger members. Some service clubs actually have a youth arm. Among those of international repute are:

  • Lions Club International- One of its aims is “to encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors” (Wikipedia, the Free Encycopedia). Lions Club International has a youth program called Leo Club which offers young people the opportunity to serve their communities and make a positive impact. Leo Clubs work under the guidance and mentorship of Lions Clubs and Leos, on reaching the age of majority may graduate into Lions.
  • Kiwanis Club International. “Kiwanis is organized to serve children and youth using two approaches. One aspect is to improve the quality of life directly through activities promoting health, education, etc. The other tries to encourage leadership and service among youth. Kiwanis provides leadership and service opportunities for youth through its Service Leadership Programs: Key Club, Circle K, Builders Clubs and K-Kids” (Wikipedia, the Free Encycopedia). Kiwanis enables its youngest leaders to serve their communities, opening doors for them to change the world. Indeed, Key Club International is probably the largest and oldest service leadership organization for high school students in the world while at a higher level Circle K International is the largest collegiate service organization of its kind in the world.

Of course, apart from these international organizations, every country has its own national and community groups and organizations through which young people can grow and flourish. Some of these bodies are totally youth led while others are supported by adult groups. In my country, almost every community has a church or community youth group which is, in turn, part of the parent organization, the Dominica National Youth Council. Through these various bodies, youth are being moulded to assume important leadership roles in the future. Also, there has been increasing youth participation in village councils coming out of youth involvement in student councils and community groups

Student Representative Councils


“A students' representative council, also known as a students' administrative council, represents student interests in the government of a university, school or other educational institution. Generally the SRC forms part of a broader students' association which may include other functions such as societies, entertainments (in the form of a student's union) and sports (in the form of a sports' union). Universities may have a statutory obligation to receive representation from the SRC and it is usual for student representatives from the SRC to form part of university structures including the university court, academic senate and other bodies” (Wikipedia, the Free Encycopedia). Many renowned leaders of recognized institutions and large organizations honed their leadership and management skills through involvement in student councils and other youth organizations.

It is amazing how far young people can reach through activities such as these which expose them to wider knowledge and opportunities to education, training, travel and implementation of important projects; all against a background of fun and enjoyment.

University Students in Leadership

UWI, Cave Hjll
UWI, Cave Hjll

3. Providing Support

Support is an essential ingredient for growth; our very existence depends on the support we receive from our partners, relatives, friends, co-workers etc. Young people need the support of each other, but more importantly, they need the support of our generation for we have already walked the paths. While they are ready and eager to make new discoveries and explore new paths, they still depend on us to a large extent, not to dictate to them or to impose our views on them, but to provide material, psychological and spiritual support and to keep them on track.

If we can assist the youth in at least one of these ways then we will be empowering them to be better people and in empowering the youth to be productive and successful we, of this generation, are making the world better for ourselves, for them and for future generations.


© 2015 Joyette Fabien

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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

I think this is a had time to be a young person. I attended a lecture about "the emerging adult" which detailed the problems the youth of today face. (I ended up doing a hub on it.)


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

Indeed Catherine, our generation isn't doing much to make it easier for the young people. Please send me the link to your hub.

Thanks for reading.


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

Oh, but I already read that hub, Catherine! I remember it was a very interesting piece and I liked the concept of the chick emerging from the egg.


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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

I'm glad you liked The Emerging Adult. Glad you liked my chick emerging from the egg also, I'll toot my own horn and say I thought that was rather clever of me.


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

Yes it was!


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida

Excellent hub, Joyette. When my son was in high school he was in JROTC all four years. It taught him responsibility and leadership skills, in addition to self-discipline. He also volunteered for a local Christian-based thrift store for two years. I'm very proud of the selfless acts he's undertaken.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago

I think this is an excellent hub. Our young people need role models to pave the way by example for their entry into a very complex world. You hit on every important ingredient in the development of a successful adult. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

Great bravewarrior! I'm always proud of young people who are doing good work! Tell him so for me.

Thanks for your comments.


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

Thank you so much breakfastpop! This is indeed a complex world! :)


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FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

I encouraged my own daughter to join organized sports activities and signed her up for enrichment academic and service organizations that would grow her leadership and skills. Not only does it expose her to important skill areas it also keeps her "the right kind of busy."


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Joyette Fabien 20 months ago from Dominica Author

I like the way you put it, "the right kind of busy." Thumbs up to you, FlourishAnyway.

Thanks for reading.

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