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Today?s Youth making positive contributions

The youth of today are more connected than any other period in history, making it easy to determine their needs and potential. 

Social media, which is often seen as the ?suppressor of youth productivity? is in fact one of the greatest tools used for mobilisation and awareness. It?s too often repeated that young people are detached from society and reality because of their handheld devices. The truth is that young people are more socially aware than ever before and make full use of free speech.

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Whether digitally or physically, we must understand and appreciate the positive contributions of young people, especially because so much of their work continues to fly under the radar.

The Commonwealth defines a youth as being between the ages of 15 and 29 years.

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mundinews.com
The Commonwealth Youth Council, which represents 1.2 billion young commonwealth citizens, advances that youth are not problems to be solved but rather solutions to be harnessed.

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economiavenezuela.com
It also holds fast to the notion that young people should not be seen as simply beneficiaries of development when they are in fact partners in the process.

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economiavenezuela.com
Globally, a greater focus is being placed on assisting young people to realise their true potential. Organisations with a youth focus are on the rise and in recent time the Commonwealth, the United Nations and even the Caribbean Community have been adapting to various trends, which make their work more attractive to youth.

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This may very well be as a result of the clear understanding that young people must be prepared to take up positions of leadership.

The youth of Trinidad and Tobago continue to make significant strides locally, regionally and internationally.

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Let?s consider how exceptionally well our students perform at the primary and secondary school examinations.

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breakingtrending.com
They have proven that the investments in education have borne fruit, and in areas where persons continue to fall short, the education system should meet their needs, considering that everyone learns differently as theorised in Howard Gardner?s Multiple Intelligences. 

In schools where there is a mix of education, sports and the arts students have taken full advantage of opportunities to put their talent to use.

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videojuegosmania.com
Had it not been for the support Machel Montano received, today we would continue to think he was ?too young to soca?, and denied ourselves the great contributions he has since made. 

We can say the same for Aaron ?Voice? St Louis, Karene Asche, Johann Chuckaree and the hundreds of other young persons who make this country proud.

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luisoberto.net
In the field of sport we?ve turned our attention to the young, determined team of sportsmen and woman who are representing us at the Olympics.

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demasiadochevere.com
In this country, we have no problem boasting of the talent of our youth population, there simply exists the issue of supporting them before they?ve made a name for themselves.

Today?s youth have a harder fight ahead of them as they try to make an impact on the world.

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enlasgradas.com
The issues range from low funding for non-traditional projects and a generation gap that is not contracting fast enough, to beauracracy at various levels and the many ?older heads? who hold onto positions of leadership and decision-making.

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elnewyorktimes.com
We must realise that youth are demanding a space and a platform to shape the world they wish to see. This is only natural, as the youth of today will inherit the world of tomorrow. As Mahatma Gandhi said: ?We must be the change we want to see in the world.? If young people are accepting this challenge then why aren?t we supporting them in the way they need to be and not the way we think they should be?

Nikoli Jean-Paul Edwards

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