The Young Generation - Help Them Succeed

Today's Youth; Tomorrow's Leaders

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Change the Negative Perception of Today's Youth!

Modern society has surrounded today’s youth with an aura of negativity and this stems from the unfair perception of the youth as being responsible for almost everything that goes wrong in society. There is a decided tendency to pounce on the bad and overlook much of the good which is done by young people today. This is grossly biased particularly when one considers that there are probably more young persons involved in positive endeavors and upright living than those involved in negativity and crime. It is unfair that an entire generation should be stigmatized for the faults of a few. Society needs to pause and reconsider this unreasonable characterization of modern day youth and give young people the chance to prove themselves worthy of a positive social image.

What Type of Adult are You?

Are you one of the adults who bring the youth down?

  • Yes and they deserve it
  • Yes, come to think of it, though I didn't even realize that
  • Sometimes, when they do bad things
  • Absolutely not! I try to help make them better
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Help Young People Bring Out the Best in Themselves

In every generation there are different types of people: the positive and progressive, the reckless and frivolous, those with a propensity for doing good for humanity and those bent on criminal activity to harm their fellow men. This diversity in society will always exist and it has nothing to do with young people; it has to do with humanity, plain and simple. We were all young once and we all made our mistakes and, in some cases, learned from them. Let us therefore stop being forever critical of the younger generation and rather, support them and assist in building on the good in them. The youth themselves are fully aware of the disapproval which surrounds them and many continue to fight the good fight to change this undesirable perception.

This choral speech written by a young teacher and dramatized by the Creative Arts Club of her school seeks to show that young people are aware that the future is in their hands and to demonstrate that regardless of society’s disapprobation, they intend to play their part, against all odds, in making the world a better place.

Of the Young Generation

Jamesa
Jamesa

What Kind of Young Person are You?

Are You Trying to Help Make the World a Better Place?

  • Yes, I want to break society's negative image of my generation
  • I would like to, but I'm not sure where to start
  • I couldn't care less
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The Young Generation written by Jamesa J fabien


We are young, we are now

We have the world in the palm of our hands (×3)


What do we do we do with it?

Where do we go?

We plant seeds

And MAKE them grow

You criticize our generation

You say all hope is lost

But we appeal to you, our seniors

Have some faith in us


Do you know what they say young girls are worth?

Dressing all pretty pretty and lifting up your skirts?

They say we value our lip gloss over our books

Our breasts more than our brains

That we have no pride in ourselves

And let men call us by profane names


Woof, Woof


Do you know what they say young men do best?

They say we ‘chill’ by the roadside

Being public pests

They say we

Smoke like chimneys

Drink alcohol like it’s water

Need bleach to clean our dirty mouths

Would kill each other for a dollar


We can’t say that this is not partially true

But you can’t blame an entire generation

For the wrong doing of a few


I am gifted with my hands; I'll build the world anew

I am a charismatic leader; I can surely lead you

I am an intellectual individual; I'll find the cure for AIDS

I am strong; I am a fighter; I will protect and save


We have the potential

Together we stand

Can our generation make it?

YES WE CAN!


We are young

We are now

We have the world in the palm of our hands

'The Young Generation' - Performed by the Creative Arts Club of the Portsmouth Secondary School

A Few Pointers for The Older Generation

  1. Parents
  • Follow the biblical instruction: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go/ And when he is old he will not depart from it.’ ( Proverbs 22:6) Give children proper upbringing; uphold sound morals and instill sound values in them so that they do not go astray as a result of ignorance and lack of guidance.
  • Also take heed of the age old adage, ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’ which actually originates from the Bible verse, ‘He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes’ (Proverbs 13:24). No matter how much we love our children, it is important that we discipline them appropriately. We must carry out our duty as parents to do so otherwise we are failing in our responsibility towards our children.
  • Children learn by example and in the early childhood stage can be very impressionable. Therefore, be good role models for your children so that they are not impelled to seek example from outside of the home, for while there are certainly, many good role models out there, destructive influences are rife in society.
  • Be supportive of the younger generation. By this I mean that you should chastise young people and pull them back on track when they appear to be going astray, but also commend them, give them a pat on the back, when they are doing well; make them feel good about themselves. Motivate them with your own inspiring stories; teach them to aspire, endure, succeed, excel.

2. The Older Generation

Everybody young or old needs support and encouragement. Nobody thrives well under constant criticism. Young people, perhaps more than others, have the need for appreciation, reinforcement and a little praise to spur them on to higher heights. Let us as a society give them the nurturing, mentoring and support that they need in order to be positive and productive citizens.

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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

Joyete, you are one of the younger generation and prove by this hub that the youth of today have what it takes to change the world. Look at the state that the world is in now. Will the older generation take the credit for making it this way? I think not..and they certainly can't blame it on the young. I have confidence the current younger generation will make this world a better place than it is right now. I support you and encourage you all the way. Well done! Voted up.


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

Another excellent post, Joyette. It all begins at home. If we do our job well as parents, our children will do what's right. I already see a change. Today's kids are more environmentally conscious and more willing to lend a hand to the downtrodden. Of course, there will always be bad apples in the bunch, but that's just the way life is and always will be.


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Joyette Fabien 19 months ago from Dominica Author

Thank you Jodah, I do not consider myself as part of the younger generation, but I do have a lot of faith in them and I'm prepared to give them my fullest support.


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Joyette Fabien 19 months ago from Dominica Author

Thank you, bravewarrior. Yes, with every generation there will be some bad apples. We need to ensure that it is the influence of the good and not the bad apples that impact our society.


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FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

I volunteer with my daughter's engineering high school and have found that the students there -- some from very challenged backgrounds -- are the most vibrant, loving, forward-thinking, ethical young people you'd ever want to meet. We need to think the best about them and guide them into greatness.


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Joyette Fabien 19 months ago from Dominica Author

Oh yes, we should show them that we think the best of them and expect good from them. Our perception of them influences their behaviour to a large extent.


Lisa 19 months ago

This is a very refreshing and encouraging article. As an adult working with youth on a daily basis, i am encouraged to continue and persist as i help walk them through this phase of their lives.


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Joyette Fabien 19 months ago from Dominica Author

Thank you Lisa. You are certainly doing valuable work with the young people!

I understood that PSS once again won the gold award for Choral Speech in addition to several other awards this year at the Schools Literary Arts Festival. My congratulations to the students and those of you dedicated staff who worked with them. Keep the good work going! All the best.

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