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How important "YOUTH EMPOWERMENT " is in any nation's development?

No one would deny this very fact that youth are the back bone of every nation be it developed nation,under developed or developing nation.Giving youth the liberty and the empowerment coupled with tremendous amount of zeal for me holds the secret of successful nation.I want to know how youth empowerment contributes in nations development.

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    May 19 2012: Youth empowerment is of paramount importance. I hope Jean appreciates the peculiarities of Armstrong, Sheen, and the Khardashians' successes. The entertainment industry has had its fair share of success stories.
    National development should be given a holistic approach, not just based on focus on certain sectors. An African proverb says 'every hen was once an egg', So we can not expect our leaders to metamorphosize into heroic nationbuilders if they were never visionaries and patriots as youths.
  • May 6 2012: If a kid can't look up at the stars and want to be Neil Armstrong or Mae Jemison, then they'll look down here for inspiration from the Khardashians or Charlie Sheen. I'd say protecting and nurturing the development of kids is the third most important thing a nation can do (apart from take care of the populace and take care of the land).
  • May 6 2012: Aqueel,
    "Youth Empowerment" may be a misnomer. I agree with Kevin. And Deepak is keying in on wisdom also. It is good to get youth involved in projects and movements, but as said below, without good leadership and planning, movements can fail. What is needed is a concept of teamwork with people of ALL ages participating in a worthy cause.

    Please do not take these comments as being condescending, but youth lacks one very important and vital ingredient for any movement:---experience. Kevin is right---all of us need mentors with great experience plus visions of doing what is best for all for progress.

    What is a movement and what is youth empowerment without vision, goals, service for all, progress, and a plan for success? Please don't misunderstand me; I am not suggesting youth have no capacity for dreaming and planning. A well experienced old sage with a vision for better life for all may be one of the best resources you will ever find. If youth wants a movement, then empower them to find great mentors!!!!!! Find well balanced thinkers who trust science and trust the best details of all religions while working in partnership with the Mysterious One!

    You will discover greater joy and benefit of better chances for success!

    Offered in friendship,
    • May 6 2012: So then where are our good role models for kids? How are these chavs, gutter punks, hood rats and trailer trash going to become our next industry leaders and politicians if we're just worrying about whether or not they can get inspired at all? Above semantic discussions on the nature of "empowerment" is the logistical question of networking high, mid, and low profile heroes with all that this whole ball of inspiration can get rolling in the first place.

      You know what would be interesting? If the successful and wealthy got tax breaks for teaching free (accredited) classes. I think that'd bring em in quick.
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    May 6 2012: the bigger question is will "Youth" be empowered by the same effects that the politicians of today are turned into, or will they overcome those effects. I mean we all must think right, even though we've (as humanity) have come so far in terms of technology, rights, rules, and unity between nations (thanks to the generation that started the trend before this one) we still have problems and our politicians are still (so the poll says) corrupted. I mean what is it that changes a person from promising its supporters one thing and realizing the thorns to get them done after sitting in the chair? I think if the youth can learn to be disciplined, un-tolerated, and fully aware of their actions, not to be influenced, and to understand that when one steps foot into "social service" the answers are not simply black and white, there are lots of grey areas. (not all to its extreme but in the right amount), then we can have faith in the generation that will be continuing what mess (or greatness) the last one left behind.
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    May 5 2012: Empowering the new generation does help out a country. However, what you must not forget that these people have to fit into a system (how else are they going to partake?) and for that you need mentors and institutions that provide the basis for such growth. I have yet to see a project being formed by youth without having devastating structural issues, which then later cause a divide in the original group.

    Liberty, I would say, is not the right premise for youth empowerment. They always need to follow a cause, now you might call it an idea or a leader, to have any real impact on society. That means sacrificing some liberties for the well-being of the group.

    So why focus on the phenomenon itself? Why not focus on the structure that gives birth to such a phenomenon?

    I might have misunderstood you, but what I hear is that you hold in believe that youth empowerment is an event separated from the rest of society. Which it is not, it is always caused by triggers in society that do not only hold true to the youth of the country. If they did, the youth would be ignored.