A wise man who goes by the name Nelson Mandela once quoted “Youths of Today are the Leaders of tomorrow.” We are the youths, we are the future, we are the generation that will move forward. Youth is the most influential generation of this century. Born and raised in the digital age, we have the power to shape this world with our ideas and contributions. This is a powerful responsibility, one that we take very seriously. We are aware of all the major problems our society faces: climate change, violence, poverty…
Our generation is more than capable of taking this great responsibility and is already finding ways to solve these problems. Greta Thunberg, I bet that name might ring a bell to a few of you. In 2018 when Greta was only 15, she skipped school to sit outside the Parliament holding up a sign which wrote school strike for climate change.
Malala Yousafza spoke out about the prohibition of girls education, she was only 11 years old. And others like Yara shahidi, Jazz jennings, Isra Hirsi,hasan zafar, Marli Diaz,joshua williams, avi schiffman and So much more.
We, the youth of Today have so much power, Gen Z, our Generation. Unlike past generations we have the right to let our voices be heard, to speak up about concerning issues. Statistics from the UN shows that there are about 1.2 billion youths all around the world, that’s about one sixth of the global population. We are the highest number of youths in history. Imagine how much we could change society if every youth found a way to speak up, if every youth let their voices be heard. We have the ability, the mindset and the skills. Believe it or not, youths are capable of solving concerning issues like poverty, unemployment, equality, hunger and violence. Youths have already started changing the world, one issue at a time. Climate change, women’s rights, the rights to vote and equal education.
Looking in this room I see young people with a lot of potential, aspirations, intelligence and passion. So how could you as a young individual do your part? And I’m not telling you to go and find a new planet for us to escape to. But to do little things to help your community.
- Volunteer, oftentimes we have some natural disasters and you can help volunteer to aid those who are in need.
- Spread awareness, I’m sure most of you in this class have social media. One way to use it is to help spread awareness about what is going on in the world.
- Petitions, sign or create. Although they may be looked down upon, they help to get a lot more issues notices.
- Contribute, let your voice be heard. Speak what you think.
- And lastly Donate or charity. These help a lot of underprivileged people.
Remember small things make a big difference, besides it only takes a small pin to burst a big balloon.