I have wrote before about the trouble America is in today because as a nation we’ve apparently lost hope in children and youth. A country where “children are the future” and “youth are the leaders of tomorrow” is apparently seeing its chickens come home to roost: Without feeling like they are alive right now society thinks young people have little reason to invest a notion of a future they aren’t creating.
The breakthrough in thought I’m experiencing today has to do with the reality that opposes that disparaging thought. We all have to oppose that idea. After years of hearing they needed to do something to make the world a better place, youth activated and formed the nucleus of a movement that is still growing. When the press came on to push youth volunteering throughout the communities they live, youth answered the call, spending more time serving than anyone expected. As progressive political candidates are increasingly validating the power of the youth vote more validity is given to their vote. American history is replete with these calls-to-action, including those from the Civil Rights Movement, during the Great Depression, throughout the Harlem Renaissance, back to the Civil War and earlier into the American Revolution. This shows us that youth have always answered the calls of their country.
I want to recreate the Freechild Project and SoundOut websites as one massive and blatant youth-boosting tool, supporting the real perspective that society doesn’t realize the value of young people and that there are exceptional examples from around the world, where children and youth are working throughout their world to create a new reality for everyone to share.
I would love to hear any suggestions for what such a tool could look like.