Sunday, 26 February 2017

An essay that I wrote

Youth empowerment are relevant to young people's personal development, as well as their role within a group. On a personal level, youth experiences gain insight into themselves. This helps them analyse their strengths and weaknesses and set personal and vocational goals. On a group level, youth develop the ability to work with others to create a shared vision and to draw on the talents, skills, and energy of others. Youth empowerment can be a strong tool to generate personal development. The concept of youth empowerment is to give responsibility to young people at an early stage in life.

Young people are a crucial segment of a nation's development. Their contributions, therefore, are highly needed. Young people are social actors of change and as the saying goes, "The youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today." It is well known that the most vibrant section of every society is the youth. Therefore, the youth have the responsibility of being at the fore-front of any national exercise.

As well as being lots of fun, Scouting is a values-based programme with a code of conduct. The Scout Promise and Law help instil the values of good behaviour, respect for others, and honesty. Members of a scout group learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with other. Over the last century, Scouting has instilled in young women & men the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country. Through scouting, young people develop both autonomy and responsibilities to others and the Scout method is specifically designed to make young people capable of both following and leading. So, how can we strengthened youth empowerment in the future? Here are some examples.

Volunteering. The benefits of volunteer work for anyone, of any age are virtually endless. Volunteer work expands youth understanding of other people's lives. It gives youth a new view of the world and the problems within it. It also shows the youth how hard people will work to solve those problems. There's no better cure for the blues than helping someone who's worse off than you are. It seems paradoxical, but volunteer work amid the most severe social problems can often be an abiding source of personal hope.

For teenagers or young people, volunteering has additional bonuses. It looks fantastic on college applications, and sometimes it even makes eligible for certain scholarship assistance or financial aid. Repeated or dedicated volunteer work demonstrates that youth are not simply participating in the activity for the sake strengthening their application, but they actually care about changing the world. That's a testament to their character that no standardized test score can duplicate.

Volunteering also strengthens the youth’s resume. It often teaches them new skills. They might learn a new language or a new computer program. The youth almost certainly learn some interpersonal skills, and may get some on-the-ground training in how an office functions day to day. After volunteering, they can apply for jobs with some demonstrable hands-on experience.

Volunteering also gives the youths an opportunity to meet people they might not encounter otherwise, and to expand the social group beyond the walls of their school. Volunteering tends to bring like-minded people together, and many people forge lifelong friendships in volunteer organizations.

Furthermore, by lowering the voting ages to 18 years in all boards of local Scout groups can strengthened youth empowerment in the future. For several reasons lowering the voting age will increase voter turnout. It is common knowledge that the earlier in life a habit is formed the more likely that habit or interest will continue throughout life. If attempts are made to prevent young people from picking up bad habits, why are no attempts made to get youth started with good habits, like voting? If citizens begin voting earlier, and get into the habit of doing so earlier, they are more likely to stick with it through life.

Youth today are better informed and should be encouraged to participate in the election process. People ought to have the right to vote and to have a say about the way in which their lives are governed and in which the country is being run at the age at which society expects them to assume adult social responsibilities. When there is war or national emergency, the young men of 18 are conscripted to service and many serve without conscription. It is clearly a strong argument that if you can expect a young man of 18 to die in the defence of the country, then he should be given the right to help decide in the shaping of the country for which he is being asked to die.

In other perspectives, by appointing young Scouts as spokespersons on different subjects of public organizational and political interest is another way to help build a better youth for a better world. At this point, the country can develop more youths to concern about current issues especially in political issues in Malaysia. Thus, every inch of our life is so relatable to political issues and it also will give some additional opportunities for them to learn and fix their mistakes by understanding the real democracy.

It is only right that youth should have a greater say in the direction the country is going of which they comprise the overwhelming majority. The youth organizations in the country have made this one of their objectives, and if the country is to utilise to the full the youth energies and contributions, it must also heed their aspirations.

Youth engagement requires a welcoming environment for youth to gather and develop their own ideas. By being actively engaged in youth-friendly spaces, young people can feel like they have investment in their community and they can develop a strong sense of ownership in these places. Young people are also great entrepreneurs and can be extremely resourceful. Not to mention they are the towns’ future community builders, business owners, public servants, and families. As a Scout leader we must engage the whole community, and by engaging young people we send the message that they are a part of our community too. Working with young people creates stewardship, ownership, respect and a great sense of pride in our communities. Involvement of young people in the community could really influence future town planners and community leaders.

The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. This is achieved by involving in membership of small groups, involving under adult guidance, progressive discovery and acceptance of responsibility and training towards self-government directed towards the development of character, and the acquisition of competence, self-reliance, dependability and capacities both to cooperate and to lead. The youths should be provided a free space for them to progressive and stimulating programme of varied activities based on the interests of the participants, including games, useful skills, and service to the community, taking place largely in an outdoor setting in contact with nature for shaping a better youth for future.

Through scouting we can develop the youths by letting the Patrol Leaders plan the Patrol organization and meetings or at a basic level by letting the Patrol Leaders plan the patrol meetings with supervision from the troop leader and by allowing the weekly patrol meetings to be executed without the participation of adult leaders. The role of a Patrol Leader is to set a good example to the rest of the Patrol. The Patrol Leader should develop and help creating a good Scout Spirit in the Patrol. It is the role of a Patrol Leader to share responsibility and keep the Patrol informed of any updates on upcoming events or programme and to listen to the Patrol and understand what they would like to do and achieve.

Beside, through scouting young peoples can achieved the youth empowerment by putting themselves in involvement opportunities such as provide social roles which give meaning and purpose to young people’s lives example as peer supporters, peer educators or peer leaders. They also can provide a vehicle for changing negative social stereotypes, ethnic controls, and legislation affecting the freedom and rights of group members. As a Patrol Leader they must get to know each member of their team. The same is true for the Scoutmaster and other adult leaders. The more Scoutmasters know about each Scout in Troop, the better we are able to train them to lead.

These examples strive to empower the youth and provide a mind-set that allows young people and Scout groups to be active citizens and future leaders in their communities and let their voices be heard in society in short and power youth and create a better world. The Youth, as the energetic ambitious and highly capable people, have the responsibility, passion and power of being at the fore-front in developing the nation in a democratic and constructive way.

In an effort to attain developed nation status by the year 2020, the Malaysian government has made strategic thrusts for the development of youths by improving the access to education and training, inculcating the spirit of competitiveness among youths, strengthening the legal framework of youth development programs such as increasing participation of youths in youth organizations, and promoting national unity and social integration.