Youth movements from all over the world are transforming intractable social problems into breakthrough solutions. The Urban Warriors in South Africa, for example, have made HIV a national priority through tireless street education and relentless political activism. Countless lives have been saved as a result.
Engage Media is teaching youth how to be photojournalists, reporters, investigators, and social media activists. Their brand of citizen journalism is totally altering the landscape of culture, politics, and religion in Malaysia.
Youth for Blood in Nepal is almost singlehandedly solving its nation’s blood scarcity problem, and like so many other organized rebellions for peace throughout the 2/3 world nations, The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is using nonviolence to introduce democracy in a profoundly radical way. In America, the #Black Lives Matter movement is part of a growing youth lead contingent of black struggle communities using direct action, social media based outreach, and music. They are doing more to influence the national conversation on race and community policing than any other organization in the country.
These revolutions are all the more remarkable given that youth are discriminated against more than any other population. After all, young people in our society have no right to vote, own property, open up lines of credit, or even sometimes hang out at bus stops, libraries, stores, and even school grounds. In fact, some towns have curfews that prohibit youth from going beyond their home’s property after a certain hour of the day. What population suffers so many insults yet achieves so much in the way of social mobility and moral progress?