Are the Youths Really cursed?
In the society today the youth have a big impact in shaping the socio-economic as well as the political landscape. They are not the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ as it used to be; they leaders of today.
However it will be noted that there is a section of the youth who misuse their youthfulness by engaging in activities which derail the growth of the society such as engaging in drugs. The funny thing about this is that there is a lot of perverseness and nobody seems to care and help them but only point fingers at them.
This was also replicated among a section of youths in my community. They had resulted in drug abuse, irresponsible sexual behavior and other bad activities. The rate of school dropout was also at its peak as the youth had become hopeless because of the high rate of unemployment.
Inspiring youth through music
Therefore during a community youth forum which was held in our community several months ago, I graced the show with a song which I had prepared for the event. I used the platform to launch my album and in it there were two tracks which challenged the youth to take initiative.
One of the songs titled ‘Rising Up’ called upon the youth to look within themselves and realize what they can do to help each other. It called upon them to use their talents, gifts and abilities to create job opportunities and also to earn a livelihood.
The message of the track was so educative and inspiring such that after performing it, all the youth rose in applause and cheers. I was certain that they had heeded the call.
The next song titled ‘Solidification’ had a message calling upon them to work as a team by forming groups and work blocs. They also applauded after its performance.
By evening when the forum was over, the youth met and after consultation with various stakeholders and leaders in the community, they agreed that the songs had touched them and they were ready to take initiative. They wanted the support and guidance of the whole community, and that evening they formed various groups and shared various ideas.
A meeting was later scheduled after a week where more support would be availed to them and then a plan would be formulated to guide them. This happened and their enthusiasm made me realize the impact that I had created. A six week program was scheduled to motivate and guide them as well as help them set goals and come up with feasible ideas. After this, the community would have prepared a kitty which would help them with some capital in their various endeavors.
After a year of working in various sectors there were numerous changes noted as the youth came back to their realization. There were some who went back to school, others started small businesses, other went for framing while there are those who were talented in several arts such as music, drama, photography, painting etc., who also had a share of their success as they worked hard to attain the goals they had set.