Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Youth to Talk Back

Today there are so many issues arising that involve youth.  I think it is important for young people to speak about and get involved in making decisions on the issues that involve them.  We've talked in class about how adults often see youth as lazy, trouble makers.  Many assume that young people are not capable of making their own decisions.  I do not think that this is the case at all.  This negative stereotype may be the reason many young people do not get involved.   I believe that youth should be informed and involved. 

There are many ways in which youth can be heard.  While researching this topic, I came across the website below, which I found interesting.  This website is a UK based site, however, the information is still relevant.

I think that youth can get their voices heard by getting involved.  It could even start in school by getting them involved in projects out in the community.  As youth workers, it is our job to empower youth.  By letting them speak out and listening to their ideas, this can be accomplished.  Social media plays a large role in today's society and is often how young people allow themselves to be heard. Adobe Youth is a program designed to help youth be heard by using the media in a way that is going to make an impact.  This program is all about getting youth involved, starting with their own education.  They believe youth should have an active role in their learning processes.  In my opinion, the first place that youth can be heard is in school. 

This topic reminded me of Malala, the inspiring young girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head for fighting for her own education.  She did not want to be held back and stood up for herself and women around the world.  This is a prime example of youth "talking back" and making their voices heard.  By speaking up, Malala has already started creating change for women's rights and she is only 16.  

Youth can make a difference. 


  1. Jess I agree that these programs are positive for youth and their development. I also brought up Malala as well as as other girls in developing countries. It is pretty amazing to see some of these girls who are so young all ready making a difference.

  2. Jess I first want to say.... i love the picture haha. But also that you put some great thoughts and examples in this blog that for sure help me.

  3. Thank you for posting about Malala's story! She is a poised, reflective, and powerful young woman! I also saw her on Jon Stewart -- wow. Inspirational!

  4. I second Corinne's comment. I love that you posted Malala's story. It really makes you open your mind to how big of a difference youth can really make. I'm even considering reading her book--I feel like I would learn a lot from it!

  5. I love Malala's story, it's incredible. I'm honestly at a loss for words.