The best thing about our youth is the freedom we feel. Often times we don’t have to deal with a lot of the issues that plague adults. As we inherit the society that was shaped and formed before we were born though, it’s pretty important that we stay aware of the issues going on around us.
Thankfully social media has brought the world much closer to us so we can learn about things going on in other cities and around the world at the touch of our computer or smartphone keys. At times, all of this news can be overwhelming, but there are ways to take it in without taking it all on.
Some of the best ways to digest social issues is to have more intimate discussions about them. This can take place online in private chats or groups or in person with select friends and family. It’s also good to connect to people you may not normally so you can hear other points of view and learn from their experiences.
Discussions like these don’t have to be a somber affair. You can host a party or get together either at your home or other venue where there is food, music and camaraderie. How about a Teen Town Hall? You can work with your community nonprofits to plan an annual event where young people can come together and have conversations about social issues that they are being affected by.
Also, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask your mentors and people you respect that are in positions of power and influence to come to your events to speak as well. Only when we come together to talk more about the social issues that we’re facing, can we then learn from them and create strategies to solve the problems that divide us. Remember that as a young person in this world you have great power and you can’t be afraid to use it.
How are you discussing social issues with your community and social circles? What are your challenges to having these discussions? Share any suggested solutions you may have in the comments and also share this post!