However, they arrived en masse for a trip to the beach where they paid about 5 dollars each. How does one even begin to analyse this when youth constantly complain they are not being empowered? I understand that we need to encourage youths through appealing activities that are age – relative and so on. Yes, we need to consider the kinds of things like music and explore creative ideas etc that appeal to them but this is my dilemma – is there or should there be a limit? A kind of red line especially considering an organization like YMCA which is based on Christian principles?
Yes, youth will always be youth. It may come across as though we overreacting when we question decisions like this. We do explore the possibilities of unorthodox concepts. But will it be smart to join some of the trends that present the risk of not being serious and conscientious enough to our principles?
I do not know the answers to some of the questions but I get that innovative ways of reaching the youth is always an area that we need to constantly work at. It just boggles my mind when the gift of a free skills-training course, to develop work potential, is not an important choice.
To my knowledge, the beach is actually not going anywhere. Why is it more of option in the face of growing numbers of unskilled youth who already face serious socio-economic challenges?
Confused but not defeated. Empowerment will persevere, despite the odds.
A Thinking Man.
Kunle Sobode is a youth volunteer at Nigeria YMCA