The world will never cease to have problems. Third world countries especially, have come to know socioeconomic, cultural and environmental complications in their communities like the back of their hands. People experiencing poverty have fashioned their lives to be lived around scarcity and adversity. That is why a lot of advocacies have been raised to push for change in the society. People want to see changes for the better. That is why the thirst for change is sparking up even in the youngest of people nowadays.
The youth has the least say in this adult-run society. They are a sector in the community who are not allowed to vote and they are unqualified to run for government positions. I guess if you are a youth who is willing to lead the change for the society; it would be hard to do so with a curfew and homework due the next day. The youth may not be permitted to participate directly in the government to make grown-up judgments for the country but the youth is still greatly affected by whatever decision the titled adults come up with. Even so, the youth is still very eager to have their voices heard and make their opinions count.
As our national hero, Jose Rizal said: “The youth is the hope of our country.” Although this saying has been cited and quoted countless of times, it doesn’t cease to be true. The hope of this country’s future lies within the minds and beliefs and attitudes of the youth today. Idealists of the past decades will have a big effect on the philosophies of future generations. It’s important for the youth to feel like they are a functioning part of the society. Regardless of their age and societal standing, they must feel like they are safe to discuss their stand alongside the adults. The opinionated youths today will most likely be the citizens who will catalyse change through their ideas in the future.
The youth has always been the fastest adapter of technology among the population. That is why nowadays, they’re using their gadgets not only for personal entertainment, but also to participate in discussions regarding global and local issues. They are contributing to discussions through the best way they know how: by utilizing the internet, their cell phones, and many other various forms of media. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and other sites for micro blogging are usually bombarded with statuses, tweets, and posts about relevant topics regarding politics, religion, culture and the state of society. The youths all over the globe are also actively giving their ideas to cultivate change by sharing texts, blogs, motivational posters and pictures, movies, and even music that have pertinence with the individual and societal problems. Through media and technology, the youth could feel like they can freely and safely voice out their opinions minus judgements about their age. Through media and technology, the youth advocates could easily and conveniently make their advocacies a part of their lifestyle. Through media and technology, they could influence the more mature sectors as well as their fellow youths to have a stand for the betterment of the people. As long as a youth believes strongly that his or her advocacy will significantly create constructive movement in the society, he or she could contribute no matter his or her social standing. After all, a wildfire always starts from a little spark.