To make the transition to adulthood, young people urgently need opportunities to be responsible, caring, and to be a participating members of our society

All African Youth Platform

By May Conway Kohler

We can no longer deny young people an immediate, responsible role in our society, says Ms. Kohler, the benefits of suck productive participation far outweigh the risks.

Maturity is, measured by one’s ability to accept and follow through on responsibilities for one’s self, one’s family, one’s work, and one’s community. To make the transition to adulthood, young people urgently need opportunities to be responsible, caring, and to be a participating members of our society. In adolescence young people begin to define self – worth in terms of what they are able to do and the impact they have on their surroundings. Yet this opportunity to discover one’s self through action and contribution is missing in our society. We ask young people to prepare for a nebulous future without allowing them to participate here and now. By denying young people an immediate role in our society, we…

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