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Youth Leadership

(training) children and youth as agents of change in their communities

has been part of civic education in North America (USA and Canada) for fifty years

The pillars are

  • youth exercising authority over themselves
  • when they move on, to pass on leadership to younger peers
  • civic purpose : to do good for people and planet
  • in practice : change lives and land, learning, laws and industries

Today, in contect of Global Learning at schools, of social media and escalating crisis, teenage hero*ines are appearing by the thousands all over the continent – without training. One group alone has made *creating a good world for all* part of learning culture at 16,000 schools powered by a mix of classroom teaching and student clubs. Their gatherings are official field trips and unite 350,000 youth with civic greats, broadcast 6 hours live on tv.

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In the rest of the world, there is no such thing as organized youth leadership with civic purpose for people and planet, holistic and open in cause and activity defined by youth themselves.

Only in fragments in Girl Scouts, and in context of politics, business, religion. But without civic purpose.

The global public has seen very little of youth doing good.

Media only notice and show youth criticizing national  government for not protecting their well-being, demanding tweaks to regulations or that someone get paid to fix problems.

2015

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

2018

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

2018

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

2019

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

After 3 to 6 years, none of these initiatives has reached its goal.

Not few youth involved are in despair.

Intangible effects

This does not mean that they are insignificant. Recent teenage-led ‘1970s style’ protest movements are pre-stages of project-oriented youth leadership with impact on lives and land. The protest-oriented organizing has led to experiences that bridge from the state of the incompetent, impotent voter to … the next new form of citizenship. 

Part of this step into self-empowerment and self-responsibility and self-competence is the loss of the illusion / innocent trust that grown-up people in decision-making positions of national government, business, media, education etc. had the Heart or competence to make relevant positive changes. But no, they do not. As inhabitants of the Unsustainable Society, they are as incompetent as monarchists for the shift to libertarian democracy.

It is valuable to look at the detail changes experienced by participants in Climate Lawsuit, March For Our Lives and Fridays For Future (which have not be noticed or formulated by ‘experts’ assessing these youth movements’ ‘success’ in media; once again, because those ‘experts’ know nothing of youth leadership).

The intangible effects are that adults no longer view youth as complacent idiots, but as intelligent, genius as worth caring for, as able partners and as a new level of citizens doing things that adult generations were not aware or capable of in their youth.

Further, through the gatherings, youth experience common priorities, parents support them and protect them from attacks, teachers collaborate with them, journalists respect them and tell their stories to add value to their reporting, experts converse with them at eye-level as allies, councillors recognize them as able active caring citizens and support them.

This did not exist in Europe until a couple of years ago. But it is common in North America.

The tangible impact felt by Earth’s people, animals and plants is zero after 5 years of incessant protest. But tangible impact is what is needed.

The solutions exist. In projects.

Doing high impact projects is normal for American kids

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Girl Scouts USA

100 years of Girl Scout youth leadership data

1912: Girl Scouts of the USA 18 members
1920, 70,000 members
1923 125,738
1930 200,000
2013 2.3 million girl, 890,000 adult members

50+ million women have been in Girl Scouts

  • Camping, canoeing, community service, first aid, food drives, entrepreneurship…;
  • STEM Badges: the first in 1913 Electrician and Flyer Badges; today 127 STEM badges and journeys;
    8.6 million STEM Badges issued from 2005-07
  • Bronze, Silver, Gold Award for self-posed challenges at ages 12, 14, 16

Awardees build heritage museums, change bee laws, run nationwide campaigns … several are featured in YL media.

1992

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

1995

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

2008

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

2013

Youth sue the US government for endangering their lives by causing climate change, demanding an end of investment in fossil fuels

Youth examples 

observe the scope of causes.

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What if all caring Youth in your city do like them?

They can.

Observe

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the scope of activities

the amount of girls among them

feel the energy, positive, uplifting, dynamic, determined, #fulltimeforfuture

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At School

Observe how common sense it is, the pedagogical value and uplifting effect on life at school.

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Great for teachers

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Great for students

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Great for parents

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Great for citizens

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Great for the City

What if this happens at all of your local schools?

You can spark it. There’s 3 teachers loving it at every school. Find them. There’s 1 student in each class yearning for it. That’s 20 to 50 at a school, equipped with 400 missions, world class global and local allies. Open up this glorious opportunity and life to them!

That’s the new 60s. Not twens doing protest. But teens doing projects.

The change of consciousness on youth power over the past years has created a supportive foundation for youth leadership. What is needed for real change to happen is solutions, tools and partners.

Youth Leadership en masse is a game changer for society.

Chloe Maxmin, Divest Harvard, Maine Senator

We would be stupid not to use this.

Child Psychotherapeuts

Why High Impact Youth Leadership

Since eloquent speakers are being presented on talkshows, on event podiums and at conference segments labelled “young leader sessions” – while it is only “youth voice”, “youth participation” or tokenism – and risks to dilute people’s understanding and thereby reduce the florishing of proper youth leadership of relevant impact for upgrading civilization (as has been done to social entrepreneurship and to social business) we call what YL stands for High Impact Youth Leadership

This distinction clarifies what is lacking, what is needed, and what makes us different. YL equips and enable real impact on real lives and land with swift simple steps. From day one that you make the choice to take part.

YOUTH-LEADER’s global ecosystem of resources and relations equips you to inspire and to create an enabling environment for youth and their adult allies to make high impact changemaking omni-present part of their daily lives at home, school, work, in public and media.

You can act casually, or take the 4 week guided Challenge or connect with our global Tribe, take a training, form a local chapter, bring in your ideas. Because we want you to at last be able to live your good dreams.