Advancing youth leadership
India is where over 600 million citizens are below 25 years of age. However, do we know their representation regarding politics and leaders? Less than 1.5 per cent! And if we talk about gender, then this gap becomes more drastic.
“If we talk about gender, then this gap becomes more drastic.”
It shows that India, a country full of young energy, lacks young voices. It shows how we haven’t even included the most prominent stakeholders in the accurate picture. Does this mean that young people lack leadership skills or cannot voice their opinions? That they aren’t keen to be heard! Of course, not even the stats show it.
Hundreds of organizations in the nation are working fabulously in training and grooming young leadership, but the major problem remains the same. We as a nation have failed to create a system where young people can bring their enthusiasm and positive energy together – a system that could connect them to the process of working as a collective force and bringing change.
Being a youth and working with and for the young community, I decided to take a step to deal with this issue by coming up with the program Young Leaders’ Journey. It focuses on connecting young leaders from different geographies, communities, and organizations working on a grassroots level for youth itself in various segments.
The journey aims to provide an ecosystem where they share their leadership and perspective and make the work of their community a part of a sustainable process. I have focused a lot on networking and peer learning in this journey as I wanted them to provide maximum opportunity to share ideas and work together in creating that process.
The program started in 2021, and I am proud to say that I have met 50 leaders globally from 18 leading youth organizations, impacting over 3500 youth through community initiatives. The voice of these young leaders has reached to approx. 6000 people globally through the Conclave.
If you believe in youth’s constructive vision, we can join our hands in making this world a better place.
This post was originally published on Youth Ki Awaaz titled “The Community That Is Bridging The Divide Between Young India And Old Leaders“. The piece has been edited as per the organizational guidelines.
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