How Does Parents and Society Help to Shape Teens Behavior?

By Martha Holden

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Society plays an important role in shaping an individual’s character. It helps shape teens’ ability to live with other people, their ideas of wrong and right and their general outlook on life. As a parent, your influence is the strongest and often shapes your teen’s adult life, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Understanding the influence various aspects of society have on your teen helps you nurture your teen’s character and individuality.

Parents

Parents spend a lot of time with teens and influence them through their actions and words. Teenagers learn skills such as nurturing, socializing, and decision-making through observation and communication with parents. The relationship between teens and their parents influences their outcome in life. Involved parenting is more likely to prevent behavior such as drug and substance abuse or teenage pregnancy. Although teenagers may seem rebellious, they are likely to adapt the good behaviors as they mature.

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Media

The media can have a positive or a negative influence on your teen. Teenagers spend a lot of their time on the Internet, watching TV, reading magazines and listening to music. Negative influencers in the media include violence, hateful or vulgar language in movies and music, explicit sex scenes, gender, religious or ethnic stereotyping, and unrealistic representations of success and body image. Alternatively, the media is a source of information for teens. It helps create cultural, political and social awareness in teens. Teens also get a better understanding of their environment and society.

Friends

Friends create a community that influences the decisions that your teenager makes. Friends may challenge each other to become better individuals or influence each other to adopt negative behavior. According to Valarie Ulene, writing for the Los Angeles Times, the influence friends have on each other may affect a teen’s performance in academics and sports, socials skills and decision-making skills. However, you can help your teen develop self-confidence and a sense of individuality through involved parenting and continuous communication.

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Community

The community sets rules that help form your teenager’s ideas of right and wrong. Teenagers have a better understanding of acceptable behavior and consequences of doing wrong, as set by communal laws. This understanding may help your teen choose the right behavior to avoid consequences like imprisonment. The community also helps create cultural and environmental awareness. Additionally, teenagers learn to care for the environment, their neighbors and the less fortunate by interacting with various members of the community.

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Egypt: Arab and African Youth Platform: Investing in young people


Young and promising leaders in Africa and the Arab world are all set to gather in Aswan, the 2019 Capital for African Youth


By Inas Mazhar

Youth in the Arab region and Africa share history and present circumstances, making cooperation among them essential for the development of their countries. Young people in both regions have proven they are capable of developing a promising vision of integration.

In this context, the Arab and African Youth Platform is founded for youth in the two regions to share and exchange experiences. Participants will have the chance to discuss various topics that are of concern to both Arab and African youth with the aim of fostering cooperation.

The forum’s agenda focuses on Arab and African matters, themes and questions of concern in light of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union in 2019.

Activities include open discussions, workshops, seminars and roundtable discussions gathering senior officials, decision-makers and a large number of young people from all over Africa.

In addition to the sessions and workshops, various cultural and entertainment activities will be held on the sidelines. Guests and participants will also have the chance to discover Egypt through Aswan as the organisers have planned many sightseeing visits and tours in celebration of Aswan being chosen the Capital for African Youth in 2019.

The forum’s colourful slogan reflects the spirit and authenticity of Arab and African countries. It is set to start on 16 March at 5pm with a celebration of Egypt taking over the chairmanship of the African Union.

The forum will kick-off with the opening ceremony followed by an open discussion entitled “The Future of Scientific Research and Healthcare” after which a roundtable titled “Nile Valley: The Pathway for Arab and African Integration” will be held in the afternoon.

The second day includes a session under the theme “The Impact of Financial Technology and Innovation on Africa and the Arab Region”. It will then be followed by two workshops: “Social Entrepreneurship from an African Perspective” and “Implementing Youth’s Agenda of Safety and Security in the Coastal Zone”. The forum will conclude with a closing ceremony in the evening.

While the World Youth Forum sees the participation of young people from all over the world and tackles the issues of the world on a broad scale, this platform has been narrowed down to tackle topics of concern to the African continent and the Arab region.

Accordingly, topics to be broached involve the future of scientific research and healthcare, and the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

The aim is to see young people and senior officials and experts finding optimal benefits, given that the Nile Valley is the pathway for Arab and African integration.

There is also a workshop called “Developing Coastal Regions”. Furthermore, two entrepreneur workshops entitled “How to be a Successful Entrepreneur” and “Social Entrepreneurship from an African Perspective” are scheduled to be held to guide young people by using a blueprint for business and research: how to start, work and succeed.

The point of the forum is not just young people meeting and mingling, but sharing their experiences, cultures, hopes and aspirations for the future of their countries and themselves.

This is what young people are expected to share in the three-day platform in Aswan from 16 to18 March under the patronage of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.

“Egyptian youth should be proud that their leader President Al-Sisi shows great interest and pays attention to their current issues and ambitions and is also keen on maintaining communication and dialogue with them on all levels through regular forums,” Ashraf Sobhi, Egypt’s minister of youth and sports, told Al-Ahram Weekly.

“Believing in the fact that the future belongs to youths and that they should be the leaders of their generation in planning and shaping the future of their nations, the president has been working for the past years on reaching out to them, primarily in Egypt, by listening and discussing, and getting veteran pioneers in every field involved, by advising and teaching them how to make their ambitions real,” Sobhi added.

The minister revealed that what was new in this conference was “getting youth involved in the future of scientific research, healthcare and advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

It is time our continent and region catch up with the world’s most developed countries and this will only be achieved by our young people.

“It is very important to have such a dialogue between past, present and future generations as it helps in sharing experiences and learning about new scientific technology which is spreading rapidly. And who can cope with these speedy innovations other than young people? This is why the president has decided to invest in his youth and has been giving his vote of confidence in their capabilities and potential, deciding to put in their hands a better future,” Sobhi said.

Ashraf Mahmoud, president of the Arab and African Sports Culture Associations, says that holding the forum in Aswan under the auspices of Egypt’s head of state confirms the deep-rooted relationship and ties between Egypt and its fellow countries in the African continent and the Arab region.

“It also endorses the fact that Egypt will remain the nation that serves as a communications link between African and the Arab nations. Accordingly, with those two dimensions in mind, African and Arab youth will be meeting in Aswan, the city that represents the portal for those two gateways,” Mahmoud said.

“This conference reveals the sincere and serious initiative by President Al-Sisi to bring young people from around the globe together through world forums which started in 2017. It also shows how the Egyptian regime is keen on the continuity of these forums, by taking them to continental and regional levels.It also reflects the president’s desire and eagerness to maintain a dialogue which he started with Egyptian youth, then added the world’s youth to the dialogue, and now Africans, in his capacity as chair of the African Union, and Arabs, in the capacity of Egypt’s leadership of the region. Egypt understands the challenges facing the continent and region and accordingly recognises the fact that only young people can make the changes for the future. So came the idea of bringing them together,” Mahmoud added.

Menna Ghazi, a young accountant at the Central Auditing Organisation, is looking forward to the forum as a participant representing Egypt. Ghazi went a week before the event to prepare receiving guests in Aswan and making sure they are comfortable.

“I have participated in almost all the youth forums, whether as an organiser or a participant and I have learned a lot in these events: time management, communication with people from all over the world, how to promote Egypt as a historic and civilised nation. As an organiser and together with my colleagues, we’ve been introduced to many nationalities and associated with them. We still maintain contacts with all of them. The forums also gave us the chance to bring young people together by introducing various nationalities to each other and where they can exchange their life experiences, cultures and traditions.

“Being a participant has also developed my skills, reflected in our personalities as Egyptians, into becoming open-minded individuals towards accepting the differences of others and learning from them,” Ghazi said. “It taught us how to listen, learn and exchange views, visions and opinions without any prejudice or fanaticism. Actually, these forums have taught us as young people the art of dialogue and persuasion. These platforms have given us the opportunity to work on strengthening ties between us Egyptians and our counterparts in Africa and all over the world. They have revived existing relations among young people through events like this forum and the Africa Cup of Nations in June. We all need each other because there are mutual benefits among us as leaders of the future in Africa. That is why we should cooperate more in economic investment that would benefit us all, and our role is to acknowledge our African counterparts in the role of Egypt in Africa.”

Alaa Zein, Egyptian national coordinator of the African Artists Peace Initiative, told the Weekly that African and Arab youth share the same challenges and have a lot in common. “One is being misperceived and looked at by the world as being Third World countries that need more development, when indeed they are innovative and creative. They just need that chance to prove it and this forum is the best platform for their initiative, she said.

“The forum is also a great opportunity for African youth to change the world’s misconceptions about Africa as a continent full of hunger and disease. They only remember Africa when it comes to football’s Africa Cup of Nations. This is why Africa should use these occasions more to change such misconceptions,” she added.

Zein, from Aswan, believes selecting the location of any event is most important when it comes to organisation.

“I am a Nubian and Aswan’s culture is the closest to Africa especially to those of Sudan and Ethiopia. We share a lot in common when it comes to clothing, music and traditions. This forum will be the first to change the stereotypical image of Egyptians in Africa and vice versa. Africans will also get the chance to change their typical perception of Egypt as only an African country by geography. They are that, but also Africans by heart.”

*A version of this article appears in print in the 14 March, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly under the headline: Investing in young people.

Source Ahram Online

The Africa we want: Youth Essay Contest by the African Union Development Agency/NEPAD


By NIYONKURU PROSPER


Are you a young African who wants to express your views about the future of our continent? In an effort to promote African youth’s active participation in the continent’s development, the African Union Development Agency/NEPAD is running a short essay contest, targeting young African people and its diaspora in proposing concrete pathways through which Agenda 2063.

The objective of the contest

The contest aims to provide the space through which youths can express their views freely on “ The Africa We Want” by articulating their aspirations and ideals for shaping the future of our continent. The rules and requirements for this short essay contest are outlined below: The short essay subject is “The Africa we want”. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas through a short essay format – the ideas or proposals should be those that can potentially have positive societal impact currently, or those that will transform the African continent in years to come through action/s that need to be taken now.

Judging criteria

The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria: Content and relevance in terms of Africa’s development; Innovation and creativity; Potential for implementing the idea on a large scale using Africa’s own resources

All contestants must submit a completed and signed version of the document below. Please place a check next to each item below to be certain you have not missed anything!

The essay – as per the instructions below

Parental consent (Applicable only to those below the age of 18)

Consent Form

Eligibility

Contestants must be aged between 15 and 35 years by the contest deadline. Only one proposal per contestant will be accepted. Contestants must be African citizens; non-African citizens are not eligible to participate in the contest. All youths (between the ages of 15 and 35) and especially girls, women, and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.

Essay instructions.

Type the essay on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Handwritten essays are accepted and should be on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Please include your name on the essay.

LANGUAGE: Essays can be written in any of the African Union (AU) official languages namely: Swahili, English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese

If sending by EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Please send the email to essay@nepad.org

If sending by POST: Address the mail to NEPAD Agency, 230, 15th Road Randjespark, Midrand, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The deadline is on 28 February 2019.


Source Region Week


We are the future, and the future are the youth


By International Cooperation


The term youth is often associated with vibrancy, joyfulness, enthusiasm and passion. The youth and the future will always be linked, because none can exist in the absence of another. A nation that fails to invest in the future of its youth is a doomed nation. The youth is a significant symbol of strength and persistence. Youth are the building blocks of a nation. It is a fact that the stronger the youth, the more developed the nation is. The role of the youth in the nation-building occupies the central place. The countries which utilize their youth in as right direction are more developed. The energy and brightness of minds of youth act as torch-bearer for a nation. On the contrary, the countries which fail to realize the importance of the youth lag behind in every department of life. If youth is not in the right direction and is unconcerned about the future of the nation, it will become a burden for the nation.

The youth hopes for a world free of poverty, unemployment, inequality and exploitation of man by man. They want a world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, color, language and gender.

The countries where the youth are agile and pay their proper contributions towards their nation are more developed. The entire success of a nation depends on the youth. It is the duty of the government to provide the youth with ample opportunities to play their role in an effective manner. Parents also have a major responsibility to fulfill. They must induce patriotic feelings in their young ones. The youth fraught with patriotism would lead the nation to the front.

The youth have following role and responsibilities towards their nation.

  • They must get proper and complete education.
  • Take part in welfare activities.Spread awareness and education among the masses about their rights and responsibilities.
  • Help other youths in building confidence and pursuing the field of interest.
  • Guide newcomers in every field on right lines.
  • Promotes the fair image of the country before the world.
  • Serve the country with their skills and talent in various fields.
  • To nip in the bud all the evils that are polluting our society.
  • To reinvigorate the culture, trend and traditions of the society.
  • Help the government in the implementation of policies.
  • They can play a vital role in the elimination of terrorism.
  • The young people are full of vibrant ideas. Their ideas can show the country a new path towards prosperity.
  • Young people have energy to try out things and the patience to learn from mistakes. Giving them opportunities to plan, to decide and to work prepares them to face harsher realities in life.
  • Young participation is important because youth are the country’s power. Youth recognize problems and can solve them. Youth are strong force in social movements.

Factors that Promote Crime among Youth

There are several factors that push the younger generation to commit crime. Here is a look at some of these:

  • Lack of Education
  • Unemployment
  • Power Play
  • General Dissatisfaction towards life
  • Growing Competition

Despite the multiplicity of problems, it is still a right time for government to take some pragmatic steps. Government should not regard the young population as a burden but an asset. We need to bear in mind that “the destiny of nations is in the hands of youth”.

Keeping in view this fact, here are some suggestions to make good use of our youth.

  • Competitive teachers must be recruited who could encourage and guide our youth to right lines.
  • Politics must be prevented in the educational institutions.
  • Campaign be started by the media that it is only education which can make our country more prosperous. We must have 100% literacy.
  • It has become a common psyche among the well-educated people that after the completion of the education they would leave their country in the lurch. Government must prevent brain-drain in our country by providing full employment and act as a magnet for bright minds.
  • Parents should teach youngsters patience to face the difficulties and be steadfast.
  • Youth be given ample opportunities to prove and cash their skill in every field.
  • Right men be placed on right places.
  • Youth should be clear about their future.
  • Youth should be at arm’s length from the bad company.

To conclude, the youth of today can do a marvelous job for the nation. With all the modern means of this computer age, where everything seems to be possible, why can’t the youth override the things done by the people in the past? We always consider the heroes of the past to be the evergreen characters. But today the youth with the proper use of the modern facilities should be evergreen characters for the times to come.


This article was first published at futureteam.world


7 Things That Can Destroy The Life Of Any Young Man


By Danceville


There are many things that can destroy the life of a young man, hurt their destiny, stop their growth, slow their progress or block their advancement in life.All young men should know this things and avoid them.

1. Living Without Purpose And Vision

A friend of mine once said, “Guys of nowadays love Television buh don’t have Vision “.This is nothing buh the truth.Most guys don’t have vision, aspiration or even a plan for tomorrow.You can’t be the best in any trade if you don’t have anything you’re pursuing.

2. Alcohol And Drug

The use of alcohol and drug is another way young men ruin their lives.When a young man is exposed to drug and alcohol at a very tender age, the effects goes beyond what they ever expect in life, as they easily get inducted into the dark world of crime.

3. Wrong Association

The company a young man walks with, will ultimately determine what he will become.Choose your friends wisely.Some friends are multipliers while some are destroyers.A wise man once said “Show me your friends and I can accurately predict your future.The company you keep determines your accomplishments.

4. Crime

Wrong association and information, leads to drugs and alcohol usage.The resultant effects are crime, gang fights, cultism, armed robbery murder etc. At the end, the law catches up with those young ones and helps them waste many years in the college for stubborn and foolish prison yards.

5. Sexual Immoralities

Lust, fornication, pornography, rape, masturbation etc are all sexual immoralities and serves as a media the devil uses to destroy the life of young men.Don’t expose yourself to them, don’t company with those that are involved in it because it will end up destroying you.

6. Laziness

Hatred of work, oversleeping, indolent lifestyle is dangerous to the life of any single man.A man, I mean a real man should be bold enough to work, he must be a man of the field, planting and harvesting for his future.When a man is a lover of his bed, lazy and lukewarm, there’s no way he will not serve his mates and live in abject poverty and penury throughout is lifetime.

Last buh not the least..

7. Love Of Money

Love of money is a great destroyer of many young men nowadays.Some even results in rituals, that later end up their lives soon.Don’t think without money, you can’t reach that place you desired to be.. And always remember, Vanity Upon Vanity, All Is Vanity.

NB

This thread is meant for everybody.The way young men is destroying their lives in this Society, is appalling.Are you guilty of any of these? Please it isn’t too late to make a CHANGE…

I drop my pen at this Juncture.

Feel free to add yours.

Please share this post among your friends..

You might just SAVE A SOUL..


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NRM youth protest against UK Parliament discussion on Uganda’s democracy, three arrested

By DERRICK WANDERA

A section of youth claiming to be National Resistance Movement supporters have taken to Kamwokya streets to protest the decision by the United Kingdom Parliament to discuss the democracy of Uganda.

The youths who donned yellow NRM shirts held placards and other written material reading, “Back off Dr William. You are not a Ugandan”. The youth threw stones and matched to the British High Commission Offices in Kamwokya, Kampala saying they do not want the discussion to continue.

Police swung into action and cooled the commotion that was already disrupting the traffic and arrested three of the members.

Mr Luke Owoyesigire, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the three are being held at Kira Road Police station on charges of inciting violence.

“We are yet to take statements from them to know what they were exactly doing but we shall hold them until they tell us what the matter is,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

The UK minister of State for Africa, Mr Harriett Baldwin, on Tuesday evening said adherence to democracy, democratic processes such as rule of law and strong institutions are at the core of their development agenda in Uganda, and they continue to engage government on the matter.

The minister for International Cooperation, Mr Okello Oryem, in response to the allegations said he has no apologies to the UK government.

He said after 30 years of stability and prosperity, the agenda to destabilise is back on course.

“It is funny at this particular moment when chaos and turmoil engulf the Democratic Republic of Congo, commotion in South Sudan, a coup attempt in Gabon and Bashir struggling in Sudan, then Williams chooses Uganda,” Mr Oryem said.

Source Daily Monitor