“Empowering the Next Generation: A Call to Action”

Richard Munang
2 min readFeb 11, 2023

Dear All,

As the roots of a tree reach deep into the earth to provide stability and nourishment, so too must we provide support and guidance to our youth to help them grow and reach their full potential.

Let us reject the fallacy that youth are the leaders of tomorrow and embrace the truth that they are the leaders of today.

It is our shared responsibility to give them the chances and help they need to do well.

Practical Recommendations for Youth Progress:

For the #Youth:

  1. Acquire new skills and knowledge: The youth must continuously update their skills and knowledge to remain relevant in the rapidly changing world. They can do this by enrolling in online courses, attending workshops, or seeking mentorship from experienced professionals.
  2. Turn passions into profits: The youth must identify their passions and turn them into profitable ventures. This can be done by retooling skills and offering services, or developing products that solve real-world problems.
  3. Network and collaborate: The youth must actively seek out opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. This will help them to expand their reach, gain new perspectives, and access new resources.

4. Engage in community service: The youth must give back to their communities by engaging in community service. This can be done by volunteering, organizing community events, or providing support to those in need.

For the #Government:

  1. Invest in education and skills training: The government must invest in education and skills training to ensure that the youth have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. This can be done by providing scholarships, funding vocational training programs, and supporting universities and research institutions.
  2. Create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship: The government must create an enabling environment for youth entrepreneurship by providing access to financing, reducing bureaucratic barriers, and supporting innovation and creativity.
  3. Encourage community service: This can be done by providing funding and resources for community projects, recognizing and rewarding outstanding youth volunteers, and promoting the value of service to others.

Let us celebrate the impact that #innovativevolunteerism has already had on the youth of Africa.

By inspiring youth to retool their #skills and learn how to drive environmental solutions, #innovativevolunteerism has already helped thousands of young people to become agents of change in their communities. For example, converting agricultural waste into briquettes to replace charcoal and reduce indoor pollution.

Over 30,000 young people have already taken the initiative to find answers to some of the most important problems our continent is facing.

Like the rays of the sun that bring light and warmth to the world, let us shine our support and encouragement on our youth and help them to reach their full potential.

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Richard Munang

Expert environmental policy, climate change and sustainable development. An accomplished public speaker. Founded the Innovative Volunteerism mentorship program