Today, youth in America are making strides to change the world around them. When youth are “empowered,” they have the skills, critical awareness, and opportunities to positively impact their own lives and the lives of other individuals, organizations, and communities.
To truly empower youth, our society has to be very intentional about the way youth are incorporated into communities and organizations. Empowering youth means to:
- Include youth in decision-making processes
- Honor the youth voice
- Empower youth to stand up to school violence and physical and cyber bullying
- Understand and implement their honest opinions and ideas
- Be willing to share your adult power and privilege in order to make the community a better place for both young people and adults alike
We have an opportunity to empower youth to help them improve their quality of life and teach them at a young age to become striving contributing members of society while encouraging them in achieving success well into their adult years. Our youth should have every opportunity to live and thrive in a safe, health and supportive environment rich with other opportunities to help them succeed.
In order to empower our youth, we must ensure they are safe healthy and emotionally happy. According to UNICEF, 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Most youth are healthy, but there is still substantial premature death, illness, and injury among adolescents. Illnesses can also affect children and adolescent’s ability to grow and develop to their full potential. Other societal issues plague our youth that includes, violence, suicide, drug use among other mental health related issues.
Promoting and supporting programs that inspire healthy behaviors and having access to healthcare is crucial for our children and youth.
Saba Charitable Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that support youth empowerment and healthcare programs to include life-threatening diseases; mental health and antibullying; as well as host of educational and other after school programs that help improve emotional, spiritual and mental quality of life.