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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF YOUTH DISENGAGEMENT

There is no doubt that we spend a considerable amount of time contemplating, defining and discussing millennials. This is rightly so because at this point in time, we are the largest youth generation in history.

Currently, there are around 1.8 billion young people aged 18-25 on this planet, according to The State of World Population 2014 report.

Multiple studies by PwC and Deloitte state that by the year 2020, millennials will be 50% of the workforce, and by 2030, 70% of the workforce. In 13 years, we will be the leaders, managers, and CEOs who actively shape the world.

However, this brings to mind the question, if we are the future leaders and guardians of this planet, then why aren’t we able to partake in major decision-making processes today?

Throughout the past decade, there has been increasing recognition of our participation in economic, social and political processes. However, if we look closely, there has also been several situations where the actions and policies of our leaders have not aligned with our values of equality, altruism and global responsibility (i.e asylum seekers and refugees, climate change, marriage equality, just to name a few).

Whilst the empowerment of young people continues be at the forefront of many organisations like FYA, UN Youth Australia, AISEC, YMCA etc, it can be argued that the ideas and opinions of young people continue to be disregarded and dismissed as “unrealistic, youthful idealism” at national and international political forums.

Sure, we have the opportunities to express our views and drive change at a grassroots level through contacting our local representatives, campaigning, volunteering, entrepreneurship or even delivering motivational speeches at international forums.

However, this begs the question; in spite of all our efforts, how often are our ideas and recommendations actually implemented by our leaders?

To be acknowledged is one thing, to act requires another level of commitment.

It is only by following up policies with tangible and immediate actions will leaders be able to engage us and restore our trust in the institutions, which are otherwise deemed as being outdated and irrelevant at solving the present and future challenges of our world.

If ideas are the currency of the 21st century, then it can be said that young people are the pioneers, innovators and contributors to this rapidly expanding, global knowledge economy. 

It is essential for young people to be regarded as important stakeholders through which local, national and international deliberation encompasses our ideas and beliefs.

With these beliefs in mind, my friends and I started up “Worldie”, an independent, youth-led NFP media organisation. We seek to empower young people to discuss ideas and devise solutions to community issues, and inspire them to lead the world beyond 2030.

We hope to expand from writing articles and organising fundraising events to collaborating with local organisations to create opportunities for our youth to be involved in more substantial change throughout the world.

Our platform welcomes all, from politics and social science students, to those holding a passion for the arts, as we understand the need to connect and collaborate to generate ideas and propose solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

We are looking for people aged between 15-30 years young to be involved or collaborate with us. If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at contact@worldie.org!

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