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Importance of Youth Empowerment
Benefits or Advantages of Youth Empowerment
A youth is any individual within the age of eighteen and thirty-five years irrespective of gender or sex. The definition of youth vary. Do you as a reader think that youth empowerment will do our world any good? The definition of youth is dependent on any particular nation or country as some have the definition as a lady or young man between the age of 18 and forty.
A youth can also be defined in accordance with religion. According to the Christian religion, a youth is classified as a male or female who is not legally married to any man or woman. The starting age is 15 and 18 in other churches. The male or female may be above forty years and yet be categorized as a youth. The person is expected to participate in the youth organization meeting. An example is Catholic Youth Organization (CYON) in Roman Catholic Christian denomination.
To be a youth is good but empowering the youth is better. Empowerment can be defined as the means of encouraging or assisting somebody. What is youth empowerment? In a nutshell, youth empowerment is the means through which the youths of any country are assisted to succeed in life. It is not right that when youth empowerment is mentioned, people think that it is only the function of the government to empower them. This is not so as you, as an individual, can empower young people around you.
Youth empowerment is of good importance to both nations and the empowered. With youth empowerment, the future prosperity of nations is secured because these are the people that are, and will take care of many offices and functions in the country. I meant that there are youths who are running many managerial functions in many institutes. There are also those who are going to manage top offices in the future in accordance with the popular statement “the youths are the leaders of tomorrow”. The importance of youth empowerment is so many that all of them cannot be detailed out in this write-up.
When the young are empowered, the society becomes a good place for all to live. They will assist in the economic activities of the society where they find themselves. And in turn, both families and the entire nation benefits. This is in line with the words of Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi. She once stated on Forbes, "When young people don’t see or have a sustainable economic path, our families and communities also suffer. In fact, the futures of cities are intrinsically tied to the economic success of young people".
According to Ms Silky Jain, Executive Director, Tula's Institute, 34% of India’s Gross National Income is contributed by the youth. That is to say that these young men and women will contribute more if properly empowered.
What Are the Importance of Youth Empowerment?
Empowering the youths is like saving in a bank that cannot be affected by any theft of any kind. The good outcome of the investment cannot all be consumed in totality. Note that there are types of youth empowerment.The importance of youth empowerment is discussed below:
Poverty eradication: Youth empowerment can help reduce the poverty standard of any nation. The question may be how? When any youth is empowered financially, he uses the profit he makes from the business he does to sustain himself and his household. He may start-up businesses for his relations who were poor before and if this continues to grow to some extent, poverty will be eradicated from that vicinity. Empowering the youths with skills can go a long way in reducing poverty percentage of many societies. When a youth learns skills, he can use the skills learned to feed, assist others, and even invest for future use. One kind of long lasting empowerment is skilled empowerment. The skill one learned can assist him till the end of his life. A youth who is empowered on how to repair automobiles can earn from it till he dies.
Good education standard: One of the problems that many nations are facing in their education sector is because the youths are not empowered. But when the youths are empowered, they will support the education sector of their nations. The empowered youths can donate educational facilities to primary, secondary and even to tertiary institutions. The challenges many tertiary institutions in Africa are having today is the lack of practical background. The machines and other equipment needed for this practical can be provided by youths who were empowerment by the government. They do this in appreciation to what the government did for them. Empowering the youths academically accelerates the spirit of patriotism in the education sector. The empowered youths know the importance of education. This is why many individuals issue scholarships to the students because they understand the value of education due to the empowerment which was given to them academically.
Good governance: Good governance is attainable with youth empowerment. An empowered youth stands to empower the masses. Any youth who was empowered in his time of hardship will lead his people through the right path. He does anything possible to see that he meets up with the demand of the society. Again, youths who were empowered on leadership skill will do well in leadership positions. This is because he has been trained on how to lead people. He applies what he learned and makes his governance acceptable to the citizens. Unlike those leaders who do not know left from their right, a well-empowered youth on leadership skill gives “first class” rule to his nation. With youth empowerment on leadership, embezzlement of public fund by top governing officers becomes a history. Through empowering the youths on leadership skills, they understand the danger of fund embezzlement.
Crime reduction: Crime is an offensive act against individuals or states. Many people indulge in 'dirty' businesses because they lack empowerment when they were youths. The government has spent a lot in the name of fighting crime without understanding that the formula or solution is in youth empowerment. If your nation wants to fight crime, it should start with youth empowerment. Many youths take part in illegal activities because they were not empowered morally, academically as well as financially. Example, when youths are taught well on the danger and punishments behind arm robbery or dealing in drugs, there is every possibility that they will not take part in them. What concerns a young man who does well in his business because he was empowered and carrying a gun, stand on high ways and steal from people? The two has no relationship because the young man's business is booming and expanding. In summary, youth empowerment reduces social crimes.
In the United States of America, many youths cannot do without hard drugs. Many smoke weeds which become harmful to their body system in future. There is a population explosion in the United States, and one of the causes is inadequate moral youth empowerment which is a Class of youth empowerment. They go about impregnating young ladies because the could not control themselves after taking hard drugs. But with proper youth empowerment, the issue is addressable.
National Growth: According to Biology, growth is the irreversible increase in the body size and weight of organisms. On this topic, growth is the increase and improvement in many areas of the country. It is hard for banks to fold when the workers were empowered in their youthful ages. The financial managements and other 'things' that are needed to be put in place will be well organized. The infrastructures of many nations are built with the tax paid by the citizens. Workers who earn much because they were empowered contribute more of their money through tax payment. When the taxes are gathered, they are used in national development. The banking, educational, agricultural, and industrial sectors are developed with the money generated from these empowered youths. Top footballers make the names of their nations to be heard. Some who are playing as footballers today is because they were empowered in their youthful ages on how to play well. These footballers help in national development as some clubs that the footballers play, assists the country, may be by building one or two structures for the nation to show their appreciation. Some of these footballers also promote their nations by establishing organizations. A typical example is that of Kanu Nwankwo who played for Nigerian National team, Portsmouth, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Ajax and West Bromwich Albion. Today, Kanu has many heart treatment hospitals known as Heart-to-Heart in Nigeria in appreciation for the support that the nation gave to him in his football carrier.
Security: The security departments of many nations have the youth as the larger number. This is because the youths are full of energy and ability. Standard security jobs are made for the youths and not the weak. They are always ready to confront challenges. The truth of the matter is that the youths were empowered before they picked security functions. When the youths are empowered, the spirit of patriotism increase in them and that is the reasons that make them security young men. Think of how the army department of many nations will be without the youths. Youth empowerment results to national protection. When youths are trained on security skills, the affairs of nations are protected. Also, with the empowerment, Law offenders are brought to book.
Technological development: Youth empowerment increases and improves technological standards as agreed by technophiles. Development in machines and other important discoveries is because the youths are empowered. They take their time and dig deep into science, reason out some important things and make them real. Many inventions today are because the youths were empowered. They are encouraged to use their initiatives to bring out what will help the society. Cutlasses in their crude state are not sharp until they are sharpened with files. In the same way, youths, when empowered, make technological development to accelerate.
Employment Creation: This is another importance of youth empowerment.A youth empowered society will not seriously suffer from the problem of unemployment that many nations are battling with in the current time. A skill empowered youth is a job creator. This is because, from the acquired skill he got through the empowerment gained, he can expand his business and employ more citizens which in return help in solving unemployment challenges in the country. Any nation that wants to typically solve unemployment challenge should first understand the importance of youth empowerment. Unemployment is likely to be a history with the help of youth empowerment.
No nation can do without empowering their youths. This is so because the youths of today are elders of tomorrow. Youth empowerment and importance have been discussed. All should empower the youth. Youths are to empower their fellow youths. Note that youth empowerment is every body's function. Understanding the importance of youth empowerment by both the government and the citizens will go a long way in achieving national dreams. Permit the author to make use of first person pronoun at this point. I as the author of this topic, I am a youth and personal understand what we pass through. For the importance discussed here to come to fulfillment, we have our personal roles to play.
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- Brandee McHale (2017), The Citi Foundation Expands Its Commitment to Tackling Youth Unemployment, Forbes Brand Voice publication.
- Silky Jain (2017), Importance of Youth Empowerment, YourStory online Publication, India.