Young people are not just the future, they are one of the major society’s agents of positive change and evolvement. They have the ideas, creativity and energy to shape a world we never thought would exist.

It goes without saying that the youth have an impact on the economic, social and political status of any society, and given the chance, they often turn challenges into opportunities and solutions. They represent an important human resource and are one of the most vital cornerstones of any community. Young people also have a huge influence on each other, and this influence can have remarkable or tragic outcomes.

However, these phenomenal age group members face a lot of challenges that can interfere with their positive input to society, fulfillment of their dreams and manifestation of God’s purpose in each of their lives. Young people, among other challenges, face peer pressure, social media risks & trolling, body image anxieties, unemployment, mental health difficulties, uncertainty, negative stereotyping and many more.

As much as most of these problems are unavoidable, the saddest truth is that most young people face these kinds of problems alone and despair upon lack of an immediate solution.

It is therefore very important that upon identification of one, some or all of the mentioned challenges (the list is not exhaustive), a person(s) walks with the young person into finding viable solutions. This person(s) can be a parent or guardian, an elder sibling, a teacher, a spiritual leader, a career mentor, a support group et al. These examples of individuals and groups can walk with the young person to identify the problem, brainstorm solutions to the problem, assess viability of available solutions, put the most viable solution into action and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution.

It is important to note that solving most of the problems that face young people cannot happen overnight, and this young person may need to be walked with for a period of time.

The Role of Mentorship

Counselling, education and mentorship are essential pillars in solving most of these problems facing young people. Most of the problems are not fatal at the beginning, but if not dealt with, they can result to much worse outcomes such us mental health illnesses, poor self-image and even death.

Young people are the face of a society’s past, present and future and their energy, talent and creativity are of great service to the church, society and the world at large. It is therefore an overall wholly duty of leaders and members of society to preserve and protect the youth.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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