Young Men & Women – A Community’s Greatest Asset. By: Peter Kenyon Director Bank of I . D . E . A . S (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) Ph: 61 – 8 – 6293 1848 Fax: 61 – 8 – 6293 1137 email: [email protected] web: www.bankofideas.com.au.
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men to be seen, heard and
‘How people feel about their community’
(The Success Factors – Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia – Rural Women’s Advisory Council)
‘Volunteering has consistently been identified in the study as a critical factor of the future success of rural and regional communities. It has been the single most important factor in people feeling good about their communities, and hence working for their community’s greater success’
(Rural Women’s Advisory Council – ‘The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia’)
declining at a time when it is
most needed. Older volunteers are burning out and younger people are being discouraged from participating by the prevalence of barriers that make them feel negative about their communities’
(Rural Women’s Advisory Council –
‘The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia’)
‘Younger people need more opportunities to create and implement their own ways of increasing the community’s options, viability and quality of life.’
(Rural Women’s Advisory Group, (2001)
The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia)
Lessons We Have Learnt
See young people as a unique community asset, not a community problem
SOCRATES (500BC) - ‘Our youth today now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people. Children now days are tyrants, they no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents, they chatter before company, gobble their food and tyrannise their teachers. They have execrable manners, flout authority, have no respect for their elders. What kind of awful creatures will they be when they grow up.’
ARISTOTLE (300 BC) - ‘When I look at the younger generation, I despair for the future of civilisation.’
PLATO - ‘Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.’
PETER THE HERMIT (1274) - ‘The world is passing through troubled times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age; they are impatient of all restraint; they talk as if they alone know everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are foolish and immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress.’
DISRAELI - \'Youth is a blunder\'
‘The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect of dyed hair.’
‘Youth is such a wonderful thing.
What a crime to waste it on children.’
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Latin word from which
the word teenager originates.
It means ‘grief, strife and misery’
‘When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.’
‘Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened’
environment / sustainability
think and want
have capacities and assets
At risk populationLeadershipasset
to be dealt with to be cultivated
Tomorrow’s Part of today’s
Leaders Leadership team
Adult in the A citizen today
‘Adultism is a term applied to any behavior, action, language or limitation placed on young people’s rights and participation that does not afford them the respect that they deserve as citizens. It is often predicated on the belief that because someone is young, they lack skill, intelligence or ability.’
Recognise the positive leadership contribution of young people
of today, not tomorrow.
We are assets, not liabilities. We are solutions, not a problem to be solved’
(Sooraya Mentor, South Africa)
‘It is an important message to young people that they can do wonderous things’
Are You Making A Difference?
- An Initiative of the Education Foundation -
Level One – Commit to a mad day
Level Two – Create a team or year long mad project
Level Three – Establish A Mad student Foundation
Structure creative opportunities for young people to lead, teach and do
Objective: to find ways of engaging, informing and connecting young people to the business and broader community, thereby exposing them to what is possible in their community.
Opening ‘doors and windows’ to enable young people to pursue personal, career and community dreams
(confidence, awareness, ability to engage
in conversation with adults, enterprise
The ‘Lead On ‘ name evolved from the notion of what each opportunity ‘Leads on to’.
Lead On programs
project organisation, gardening, painting, rock
climbing, cooking, jewellery making, using the
internet, sign language etc)
environment, intergenerational activities, animal
welfare, women’s rights, youth unemployment etc)
enjoy talking about or teaching to others about,
e.g. local history, conservation, business
‘There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our young people – one of these is roots, the other is wings’
Teach them well and let them lead the way…
Show them all the beauty they possess inside…
Give them a sense of pride…
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be’
(Song by George Benson)