To all young people, now is the best time to change your world
Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – they’re making huge changes to the world around them, right now. Whether it’s through social media or ‘hashtag’ activism, writing online or in their paper about a cause, or taking part in a protest, there are many ways that young people can ‘be the change’ and make a difference to the world.
Many young people volunteer in some way these days. It’s not just for adding experience to your CV – whether it’s a teaching or sports project, to animals and conservation work, to a hospice or a community center , you can make a real difference! Usually, the more local you can volunteer, or the more focused the action point, the better! Volunteering abroad can often be a great experience, and definitely life changing, but ‘voluntourism‘ projects aimed for young people aren’t always the best way to help communities. To start with, focus on how you can help your local area or a cause within your country.
- Write to your political representative
MPs want to hear from their constituents and what they’re interested in – that’s their job! However, they can’t tackle poverty or climate change single handedly – what they really want is to know what they can personally do about it. Write to them, or even ask for a meeting with them, and show them what you think they should be focusing on.
- Use online platforms to reach others
There’s never been a greater time in history for reaching out to millions of people around the world. You’ve probably seen how a single Twitter hash tag can create massive social awareness. What hash tags can you contribute to, or even create? If longer writing is more your thing, writing for an online portal like Huffington Post is a great place to start. You can write blogs and original content for HuffPo to reach new audiences, and if it’s featured then you could see your article reaching thousands of people.
- Giving other young people a role
One of the best ways you can make a difference is to inspire others to join you. Not only are you teaching other young people about important issues, but you’re encouraging them to teach others too. That’s one reason why many charities and organisations have resources for young people who want to get involved as an ambassador for their cause. But you can do the same thing! Maybe you want to launch a campaign on raising awareness of a social issue, for example, but you need help to do everything. If you can create a team to join you, by giving everyone a role as an ambassador and a change agent, you’re helping them to put their own ideas into reality and make a much wider difference.
- Think out of the box
Why do videos, campaigns, or pictures go viral? Normally a big reason behind this is because it’s something not many people will have seen before, which makes it ‘shareable’. By finding a way to make a difference in a completely unique way, you can find ways to reach entirely new audiences.
- Join ONE in the fight to unlock women’s potential
If every woman could learn, earn and be independent the impact would be revolutionary. Join our campaign fighting to unlock women’s potential everywhere!
- Good health and well-being
When it comes to spreading community health information, youth are powerful amplifiers! When young people have access to accurate health information – including sexual reproductive health – and resources, they can help prevent the spread of diseases, like malaria or HIV, and promote nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and more.
- Quality education
We know education is empowerment. Quality education gives children and youth the knowledge, skills, confidence and opportunities to overcome poverty, discrimination and so much more. And yet, approximately 124 million children and adolescents are not in school around the world. Achieving an education is a challenge for far too many – especially girls, who are often denied their right to learn simply because they’re girls. Working with communities to remove the barriers – both physical and societal – that stand in the way of girls’ education means ensuring girls and boys have equal access to a better, brighter future.
- Achieving gender quality
No country in the world has achieved full gender equality. Millions of girls and women continue to face barriers to education, healthcare, safety and many other basic human rights. Ending inequality means changing mindsets, challenging outdated practices (like child marriage and female genital mutilation) and speaking out against injustices (like gender-based violence). And youth are the agents of change to do these things and more!
By educating young women and men on their rights and on the importance of gender equality, they can champion change in their families and communities – making a lasting difference for generations to come.
- Combating clement changing and its impact
Climate change is a global issue that’s not only impacting millions of lives right now but the long-term consequences will ultimately impact all of today’s youth.
Youth across the globe are speaking out to protect the environment and their future. In particular, youth living in Asia-Pacific countries – a region prone to the most natural disasters – are rallying together to educate their communities on climate change, but also support disaster risk reduction programs and mitigate the impact of climate-related emergencies.
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