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Roughly 52% of the world's population is under 30. What is best way to harness the energy and ideas of youth?

Working for a youth development organization we are always looking for ideas about how to engage young people and create programs to effectively involve youth in their own development. Our cornerstone is peer to peer non-formal education. We believe youth innovation drives change.

We are looking for programs, project models, web resources, implementation techniques, big ideas and inspiration to share with our online community. Basically anything to spark a great conversation!

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    Jan 18 2012: I believe the best way is to encourage people under 30 to make important changes to the world is to help them find their passions and talents and design a career (that can provide financially) centered around those passions and talents.

    Each day when someone gets out of bed to go to a job they don't like or don't perform well in, its a waste of human potential. We need to harness the full force of human potential by encouraging young people to find their purpose and contribution to the world.
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      Jan 20 2012: I agree. Job giving bread n butter gets monotonous while working on passion with interest gives utmost satisfaction.
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      Jan 21 2012: This is completely 100% on the money. You need to find something you're passionate about. Channeling Steve Jobs, but if you're not passionate about what you're doing you will never be happy.

      I run my own organization, Empowering Students, where we try to find students organizations they can get passionate about and also get involved with. If you find somewhere to volunteer that you're genuinely interested in, you will never regret your time there.
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      Jan 26 2012: Your comment made me think of this quote by George Bernard Shaw:

      "Take care to do what you like or you will be forced to lide what you do".

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